Sunday, December 12, 2004

Google Suggest

Okay, this has to be one of the most instantly useful things to come out of Google Labs for a good while. Google Suggest offers keyword suggestions in real time as you type your search terms into the query box. It doesn't seem like an Earth shattering idea, and it isn't. However it's one of those things that, once used, you instantly feel is the way it should have worked all along.

Google Suggest uses XMLHttpRequest to query Google as yout type, giving you a drop-down auto-complete box with the most likely results. The drop-down box is updated in real time as you continue to type.

You need to enable both JavaScript and cookies, and be using a fairly recent browser or you'll see nothing, but when it does work, it's impressive. Some more information about the new service can be found in the Google Blog...