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Glossary » typeahead


a feature for allowing users to continue typing without waiting for the computer to catch up. For instance, a word processor may not display every keystroke as it’s entered because of difficult screen formatting, but will catch up as soon as the user takes a break. A user may start a search command, and instead of waiting for the search dialog to come up, the user starts typing the search term and hits Return — then, the search can begin even without bringing up the search dialog.