nikunj0202's profile

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Friday, April 26th, 2013 7:36 AM

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Activate Search Bar

Hi,

Whenever I visit any page on imdb, I think that the search bar should automatically get selected so that one can search or write directly without selecting it. It really become easy for the users searching for movies and actors. For demo you can visit youtube.com.

Thanks,
Nikunj V. Pandit

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486 Points

9 years ago

Please auto focus the search bar! Yes, I sometimes visit and don't immediately do my search, but it's very, very rare. IMDb is known as the go-to for quick info on movies, shows, actors, etc. and the site is nice, but what is their goal? To drive folks to new movies, or be a data-base resource?

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9 years ago

Please, please, please focus the search bar. I use IMDb so often now (I work for a nonprofit with hundreds of celebrity friends. Every time we print new letterhead or do a mailing I refer to IMDb to eliminate any that have died.) Judging by all the comments above, I cannot see any valid reason not to do this. It's a simple line of java; no heavy programming required.

Look, if the concern is that they want folks to peruse the site's promos trust me, based on personal experience, I always resume my intended search once I've looked at something that caught my attention.

But again, I must restate - this is a *database* and as such, it should be ready to be searched.

Thank you again for re(?)considering.

Jennifer

P.S. It took SIX tab enters to reach search bar. This is not productive, even for those who have to "arrow" to get around. You cannot arrow btw, at least not in Firefox. And those who wish to use hotkeys - can't they still use hotkeys? I simply cannot understand the argument against this. Not even the tablet argument. There will *always* be desktop machines needed.

P.P.S. I counted 10 others, myself included, who wish for autofocus to be implemented.

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9 years ago

One suggestion is that it should be easy enough to create a Greasemonkey script to do this. I'll have a look into this later on.

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9 years ago

Thank you. But I'm gonna bug those devs until they tire of my beggin' ;-)

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LOL, quite right too ;)

Although, of course, one effective way of promoting this is to pass the link to this thread around any friends you might know who'd be interested in this, as the more +1s it gets the more it demonstrates that there is a demand for it.

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What exactly is a +1 ?

I will do it though! -- try to get friends to visit and +1 -- maybe they will know what it means.  I'd ask my husband (a web dev himself) but he's out of town at the moment and I can't reach him for another hour.  (Yes, I'm getting more and more impatient about this ridiculous issue that should be a non-issue.)

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9 years ago

This'll do the job:

// ==UserScript==
// @name IMDB Search Bar Focus
// @namespace IMDB Search Bar Focus
// @description Focus on the search bar
// @include http://www.imdb.com/*
// @version 1
// @grant none
// ==/UserScript==
window.function(){

// get elements
var imdb_search = document.getElementById('navbar-query');

if (imdb_search.value == "") {

imdb_search.focus();

}

}


Just highlight it, copy it, click "New User Script" in Greasemonkey then "Use Script From Clipboard" and that should get it working.

It is pretty basic (just throwing in a check to see if you've searched for anything, as focusing on the search bar on the search results page causes the drop down quick results to appear, which is annoying if you are wanting to look at the research page - if this is what you want remove the if line and the closing bracket } or comment them out to see the effect) but it should be possible to add the code here to detect the backspace key press and navigate backwards:

http://www.whatstyle.net/articles/51/...

I might give it a go later.

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Did you try your script?  Should I have my husband implement it when he returns?
Thank you!
Jen

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9 years ago

Yep that works fine:

// ==UserScript==

// @name IMDB Search Bar Focus
// @namespace IMDB Search Bar Focus
// @description Focus on the search bar
// @include http://www.imdb.com/*
// @version 1.1
// @grant none
// 1.1: Add backspace navigation code from: http://www.whatstyle.net/articles/51/focus_onload_but_keep_backspace_intact
// ==/UserScript==
window.function(){

// get elements
var imdb_search = document.getElementById('navbar-query');

if (imdb_search.value == "") {

imdb_search.focus();

//This checks for backspace back page navigation - will only work if you haven't typed anything in the search box
document.function (e) {
if (!e) {
var e = window.event;
}
if (e.keyCode === 8 && !imdb_search.value) {
history.back();
}
}

}

}


If you type in the search box and press backspace it deletes the last character. If you delete it all or haven't typed in the search box, then backspace just takes you back in your browser history.

Which is pretty much all the features that were requested.

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9 years ago

Until they fix it, you can use my chrome extension i just made. :)


https://chrome.google.com/webstore/de...

Also one available for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/imdb-autofocus-on-searchfor/

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92 Points

9 years ago

Actually, a couple of site updates ago, the search input box did get the focus on screen load; it was extraordinarily irritating when that feature was left out.

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Wait, what?  They implemented it then removed it?

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8 years ago

We used IMDb a lot these past few weeks searching for horror films, and it was so frustrating that the developers have still refused to honor my (and I see many others' requests).  I do not understand what they seem to think will be lost.  If a visitor sees something like a new movie ad that they are interested in, the auto-focus will not distract them from viewing.  It surely never stops me from returning to the reason for my visit.

I will ask again: PLEASE incorporate page focus in IMDb searches.

Respectfully,
Jennifer

P.S.  I love IMDb's rating system.  We found a most terrifying movie: The Conjuring.  It made up for the frustration of having to constantly CLICK to activate the search bar each time we found something potentially worthwhile.

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Hi Jennifer, I was wondering if you'd seen my suggestion here and if that'd also address your needs: https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topi...

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Yes, I did.  Sorry I didn't respond sooner.  I guess as a matter of principle I don't want a do-it-yourself fix for specific browsers.  Mainly 'cause we get new machines so often and have to reinstall/customize frequently.

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102 Points

8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Autofocus on input search bar.

I've been an avid user of this site for so many years and still get mildy frustrated that the search bar - the first point to go to on the site - does not have autofocus set on it and it takes 4 tabs to select it.

Please make the searchbar easier to navigate to as someone who does not use a mouse.

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132 Points

8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Search already selected upon visiting the mainpage..

If i vitis IMDB.com, i always have the search for a specific movie/tv series/artist in mind. I assume, a chunk of other users will be similar to me, maybe not the majority, but still alot. So, what i am suggesting is, let every user have the search field auto selected, similar to google.com. People who open google.com can just start typing their topic, without the need to use the mouse. Similar function on IMDB.com would be convinient for people who need it, have an specific use profile and would be barely noticable for other users(because they would navigate as the did before, click on something as they did before).
Thx.

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152 Points

8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Set the input focus on the main page to the search (text input) field..

The first action every person does when going to your site is find a movie.  To do this, I have to grab the mouse and click on the search widget.  If it was programmed right, this would already be done.  I would start typing and the text would appear in the proper place.  If you need an example of a web page done properly, look at google.  Goto google.  You don't have to move the mouse to the search text field because it's already done!!!

Please tell the web programmer to: Set the input focus on the main page to the text search widget. That will prevent everyone from doing it when they first get to your site. This is obvious and important and I can't believe you haven't done it yet!!!

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8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled [IDEA] Default the Cursor to the Search Field on Page Load.

There is nothing more to say.
I know about the extensions, but this should be a native feature.

If possible, could someone from the staff answer why this has not been implemented yet ?
And please do not say that this is a matter of taste/preference. Users have to do one more click to use the most used feature on the site. Seems like the only logical thing to do is to implement it.

Thank you,
Kris

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I am so upset about their attitude about this simple line of code.  I am beginning to feel they WANT users to accidentally click on some damn movie ad.  They probably get monetary kickbacks for that.  It happens to me constantly, and it's irritating.  I have to wait for the page to load, and in doing so the bar shifts up and down, up and down.  When I think it's finally done moving, I try to click and wind up hitting a damn ad!

I am ready to follow anybody that starts a NEW IMDb!

Thanks for all your support everybody!

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I also would appreciate it very much if IMDb staff took the time to explain why they have not *yet* (I refuse to give up hope) implemented auto-focus.

If it's because they have a lot of current movie ads and prefer people get distracted and drawn in, believe me, THEY WILL ANYWAY.

IMDb people:  You do know we know how to use the right-click function to open a link in a new tab so we may continue with our primary reason for coming to IMDb: to SEARCH for something in your DATA base!  We will *still* look at that 2nd or 3rd or 4th additionally opened tab because we saw something you're promoting that we are interested in; but we CAME here for the DATA you maintain--not looking deliberately for ads!

Respectfully,
Jen

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132 Points

8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When i open the home page , cursor should be highlighted in the search text field....

Open the home page.
cursor should be highlight in the search field.
as of now, user manually have to click the search field .

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Thank you for your support! :)

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8 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled This should be a no-brainer.

There is one VERY EASY change the IMDb webmaster can do to make the web site better. It actually should have been done when created .
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When we first come to the IMDb web site, put the focus in the search box so that all we have to do is start typing our search information.
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Really, I learned about that in web pages 101.

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I've heard from IMDb -- they're not going to do this. Claim not all users start with the search bar, so why put the focus there? They don't seem to understand that people NOT using the search bar HAVE to use the mouse to click on their selections. IMDb's attitude seems to be "We are not going to do ONE SIMPLE THING to make SOME people's experience better -- we'd rather EVERYBODY has to use their mouse."

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I heard this also. Someone else will take over the same services and people will move to the site that makes it the easiest. Make sure to post it if you hear of something. I thought that companies that were supported by, us the people would go out of their way to please them. I guess not.

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I just want a keyboard shortcut for it, not to change the default behavior:

https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/activate-search-bar-with-a-keyboard-shortcut

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That would be fine too tbrainerd.

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Not that many people have commented or liked the other topic, unfortunately just on this thread that is already marked as Not Planned...

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I guess we're stuck with an entity that is more concerned with ad click income than the users who have to close windows or tabs from mistaken and ANNOYING clicks on those ads.

...grumble...mutter...

/rant

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