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Saso Celarc
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We have Web (JSP) application and requirement is to implement selection using combo box or list box of value from a large list (commune list) which has 5000+ records.
Another requirement is to implement same sort of incremental search or autocomplete search.
Commune list is accessible via JDBC or as web service via URL which returns XML.

The problem is that if we use simple HTML combo box all data from the list must be transferred to browser and this degrades performance when refreshing page.

We found dhtmlxCombo component (http://www.dhtmlx.com/docs/products/dhtmlxCombo/index.shtml), which has nice features, but have slightly unusual user experience.

Does somebody suggests some other component or pattern to achieve this functionality?

Regards,
Saso


 
William Brogden
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There is just no way to get around it - a combo box or list is NOT the way to give access to a large number of choices. You need to think about how a user would prefer to find something, some sort of initial separation into smaller sets that can be presented reasonably quickly.

Bill
 
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As William said, using a different presentation where users can search or filter the data to help find what they need is the way to go.

Fr example, let them search for entries containing certain values, or starting with various letters, and so on.
 
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