(Couldn't find a better title for this question)
The problem is as follows: I have to design a UI for a site presenting statistical data (census). One use-case is to browse predefined tables. To get a table the user must do two choices:
- choose an administrative unit (organized as tree (obviously), whole country is default)
- choose a table (organized in topics and attributes e.g.: demography->age->list of table with age)
Designing a UI for this alone is not the problem (we already tried different stuff: trees, breadcrumbs, menus)
The main problem to solve is a relationship between administrative unit and available topics/tables. I want to make this relation visible: the choice of administrative unit influences the available topics, but I don't want to prohibit the choice of a topic before the user chose an administrative unit. I want say (but without text): you could freely choose any table (because the default admin. unit is the country all tables are available) but if you change the administrative unit afterwards it could be that the table disappears (if available it will be updated for admin. unit) I want to suggest but not force the order and give a visual hint about the relation.
thx in advance