Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Missing from IE: real-time search on a web page

One of the addictive features of Firefox is the real-time search within the current web page.

Just hit Ctrl+F and start typing your search string, and Firefox will position to the first match as each additional character is typed. Hit Enter and FF will advance to the next match. That's awfully convienient and user friendly.

In IE, you get a dialog box and you have to type your entire search string and hit Enter before you may find out that there is no match, possibly because you have a typo somewhere in your search string. That is not user-friendly.

Memo to the IE developers: Add real-time intra-page search ASAP.

I first encountered this feature back when we used to run EMACS on VT52 text terminals at DEC back in the 1970's, so it's not like some new technology. So, Microsoft, what's your excuse?

-- Jack Krupansky


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