Search structure suggestions

Richard Miller wow at together.net
Mon Dec 19 17:05:19 CST 2005


Thanks for the suggestion. That sent me in a productive direction.
Richard



On Dec 19, 2005, at 4:18 PM, Sarah Reichelt wrote:

> 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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