Search structure suggestions

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at gmail.com
Mon Dec 19 16:18:44 EST 2005


On 12/20/05, Richard Miller <wow at together.net> wrote:
> Looking for suggestions on the best way to present a search query to
> the user.
>
> I've got approximately 70 possible search items for be used in a
> search. These 70 search items can be broadly organized within 6
> different categories. Each search item offers from 3-8 predefined
> values, which the user can select one value from. Selecting any one
> value from any one item immediately causes the search to begin.


I would definitely go for a hierarchical display rather than
presenting the user with 70 choices. Give them a choice among the 6
main categories, then a new display with the sub-choices relevant to
that category.

The 6 main categories could be radio buttons or tabs that show & hide
groups holding the rest of the choices. They could be option buttons
or whatever type of menu button you preferred.

HTH,
Sarah



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