Should my Flex 4 AutoComplete to be renamed as InputAssist?

August 25th, 2010

I am currently in a process of updating the code for the component previously known as “Flex 4 AutoComplete component with text highlighting”.

This process get me a chance to think a little bit about component branding.

What I’ve recently had learned that AutoComplete is a very common name for the component with such a functionality.

I know, at least, 4 different Flash platform contenders, all of them use “AutoComplete” word in its name:

  1. com.adobe.flex.extras.controls.AutoComplete control written for Flex 2;
  2. Flextras commercial component AutoCompleteComboBox;
  3. Hillel Coren’s AutoComplete control;
  4. And the last, but not least, the Flex 4 AutoComplete component written by Tenger Ivan.

While “AutoComplete” is a very strong brand and it is well known to the end users, I’d like to bring into Flex components naming world more creativity.

What if I will rename AutoComplete control to InputAssist? You see, my component not only “auto-completes”, it is also providing an helping hand to faster select the value in need from the list of options.

So, in general, what do you think of InputAssist name?

  • http://kachurovskiy.com Maxim Kachurovskiy

    People search for components and solution using keywords so renaming your component to unused name will hide it from the most of people.

  • http://www.flextras.com/blog/ Jeffry Houser

    I’m with Maxim on this one. Using common names is good if you want folks to find you. A different name, although accurate, might make it harder for you to be found.

    That said, I do appreciate the mention. But, it’s just Flextras; not “FlexExtras”.

  • Tim

    If it’s just a matter of being found when users search for “AutoComplete” then why not keep your unique name “InputAssist”, but add some SEO keywords to the page you publish the component on. That way it will still show up in the same common keywords people are searching for and you still get to stand out from the crowd.

  • http://www.flextras.com/blog/ Jeffry Houser

    One more correction, the link to our AutoCompleteComboBox is

    http://www.flextras.com/?event=ProductHome&productID=10