I have a web app that will keep track of a list of commercial properties. There will be a list view that lists properties in a searchable table. Clicking on a particular property will take you to the detailed view of that property. There are about 100 fields in total that describe a property. Here is what I'm think as far as displaying all the fields:
- View form will display the data only - it will not be editable. There will only be a field description followed by the data - no rectangles around the data.
- Fields are grouped by category - Loan Information, Property Description, etc.
- Each category will have a few main fields that are visible by default. If the user wants to see the full set of data for that category, they can click on a 'more' link, which will expand the page to display the rest of the fields
- At the bottom of the page, I was planning to have an "edit" button that would show a set of tabs when pressed. Each tab would contain editable fields in a particular category.
This is for a real estate broker. They want to keep track of things like loan amount, loan begin date, term, cap rate, etc. the goal of the app is to be the CRM tool that runs their business.
Is this a good approach? I'd like to take your suggestions, and then post a mockup to get more feedback.
After reading through all your comments, here is what I came up with. Please mostly ignore everything except the middle large rectangle. The rest of it is the template that I bought. I am still trying to decide what to do with the boxes that say "Files, "123 Main St" and the blank box to the right of that. I am not cool enough (yet) to make major changes to the template... Also note that I'm not sure how to get basalmiq to show things as bold, etc. In the actual version, there will be some sort of visual cue that shows that each category is a separate category.
The idea for this first slide is that the left column would contain summary information about the property broken down by category (location, Financials, etc). Each section would have a more... and edit link (button???). Clicking more... would bring up the complete set of fields for that category and display them under the picture.
[removed image - apparently, new users aren't allowed to post pictures. I will upload them to my picasaweb account. There, you'll be able to peruse my family photos as well, if you wish :-/]
this second slide is what would come up if the edit link was clicked.
Here is a link to the two slides: https://plus.google.com/photos/114385331600884705333/albums/5778911120580372193?authkey=CPSBgvy3v-77ngE