Auto Complete vs. Auto Suggest

22 May

Auto complete and auto suggest are used in pretty similar ways these days but there are some key differences. In his article for UX Magazine, “Designing Search: As-You-Type-Suggestions,” Tony Russel-Rose explains exactly how the two differ.

The purpose of auto-complete is to resolve a partial query, i.e., to search within a controlled vocabulary for items matching a given character string.

The purpose of auto-suggest is to search a virtually unbounded list for related keywords and phrases, which may or may not match the precise query string.

Check out the rest of the article at UX Magazine

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