Archive for June, 2010

Google auto-complete

June 2, 2010

As I write this, thousands or millions of people around the world are using Google auto-complete to remind them how to spell things as they type in searches.  What people may not have noticed is how biased this is towards people who grew up using paper dictionaries.  As a random example, I was searching ‘Holofernes*’ today, not remembering the spelling, I started typing.  It was lucky that I remembered that the word started with ‘holof-‘.

My question is how much will the different auto-complete style of ‘awesome bars’ change things, because people can start typing at the start of any word in the phrase…Perhaps not so much, because English is not yet truly phonetic…What kind of change would you see if auto-complete went phonetic?

*It was for a ‘Hollow Furnace’ pun.