Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1299985
Cannot write directly to the Component picker
Last modified: 2018-03-16 00:53:08 EDT
I have one more (bug #1265079) usability issue with the Component picker. I manage evolution packages, that is for example evolution and evolution-ews. When users (or ABRT) fills bug to the evolution component, I'm supposed to move it to evolution-ews, if the crash happened due to it.
The current procedure is:
a) select the Component combo
b) press backspace to delete whole content of it
c) write: "evolution-ews"
d) wait for the autocompletion to complete
e) pick the right component from the list
f) save the changes
There are three problems:
1) the step b) forces me to write the prefix once again, even it was
already there. This wasn't needed before, just the opposite, the combo
content was sorted, thus it was matter of two/three arrow-down presses to
get to the correct component; I'm currently forced to re-type the whole
'evolution' word to get proper results
2) step d) is time consuming. I do not know how quick it is on your network,
but mine is not that quick, thus I wait for several seconds till I get
anything to pick from. Compare with already downloaded list of components
and the above mentioned two/three arrow-down presses to get to the right
component and follow the work
3) step e), I cannot move away from the Component picker without selecting
autocompleted value from the list, even what I typed matches exactly one
of the values; try to write something and press <tab>, you'll be presented
with the previous value in the picker instead and forced to repeat
the steps again
Thus while the "widget" is meant to make things quicker and more elegant (from my point of view), it's not the case, because it requires more work from the users and more time for things which could be basically instant. If you'd work with hundreds bugs per week/month you might get my view pretty quickly (I confess I luckily do not work with hundreds bugs per week/month).
The selectize widget  has a plugin "restore_on_backspace" which does the "backspace == edit what's there" behavior.
I'm not sure if we should default that on or make it a user preference, I'll chat with the team about that.
The speed issue is something we are looking in to. It saves a similar time on page load so the net effect across all users is a positive. The widget does cache search results but of course the first search has an empty cache.
We could add a user option to preload the component list and not use ajax, but then you will pay the load time for that every time you load a bug, even if you aren't going to change the component. The component list is large and has a noticeable affect on page load times.
I think a lot of people would get miffed if we auto selected from the list if there was only one match. People make typos and it'd be very annoying if it auto selected a typo and you had to delete it and type again. We could probably make a user preference to do this if you really want it. There doesn't look to be an upstream plugin for this so we'd have to write our own.
I think we should address issue 1 in this bug and if you are still keen on having 2 and 3 addressed please open separate bugs for each of them.