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I have 5 segments to choose from when browsing galleries. I want users to be able to browse more than one segment at a time.

The obvious choice is to have a filter under the nav with 5 check boxes.

What other UI options exist? Check boxes are ugly. I've tried a list in the sidebar and bolding the segments that are active but I don't find it to be apparent enough.

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you could add one or more simple arrow shapes pointing to your selected sidebar list - much the same as ux stack exchange has an arrow pointing to [ questions / tags / users / badges / unanswered ] –  Roger Attrill Apr 26 '12 at 15:51

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I think chosen could be useful for you. You are interested in the second example on the page if I understood your requirements correctly.

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I really like the last example on that page, good find. –  GotDibbs Apr 26 '12 at 15:28
    
I've seen this one. While it's great for a sub-nav filter, it doesn't fit well in a sidebar where a list fits best. –  surpr Apr 26 '12 at 15:31
    
Great find! I was going to post a new question but this one fits the bill. Is there a way to customize it to fit only on one line? –  Pdxd Jul 15 at 14:08

Another couple of options would be toggle buttons or flip switches. Here's a few examples:

http://jquerymobile.com/test/docs/forms/switch/

http://www.filamentgroup.com/lab/styling_buttons_and_toolbars_with_the_jquery_ui_css_framework/

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If I have understand, maybe, you can need something like that ?

http://www.evoluted.net/thinktank/demos/simple-jquery-filtering-part2/

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no because I need to select more than one category at the same time –  surpr Apr 26 '12 at 16:32

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