https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=59172

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            Bug ID: 59172
           Summary: Search suggestions cause performance hit on slower
                    machines
           Product: MediaWiki
           Version: 1.23-git
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: normal
          Priority: Unprioritized
         Component: Search
          Assignee: wikibugs-l@lists.wikimedia.org
          Reporter: connor.be...@gmail.com
                CC: neverett+bugzi...@wikimedia.org
    Classification: Unclassified
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A machine that I frequently use to edit Wikipedia is 900MHz (not 1GHz as I
originally thought). Slow by today's standards but it should be fine for using
a search engine. When suggestions are enabled (as they always are after bug
52812) the delay between typing a letter and having it show up in the text box
is no longer imperceptible. This has to do with the "computation" not the
"display", i.e. it happens when I hide them with

.suggestions {display:none !important;}

Suggestions on Google and YouTube cause the same delay so it might not be
possible to fix this and keep the feature mandatory.

Something else that I've only seen on slower machines is trouble with holding
down the backspace key. This used to erase a search perfectly. Since bug 52812,
the search string will only disappear when you release the key. This does not
happen on Google so it should be fixable.

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