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I am wondering what your thoughts are: When browsing articles in a shop (e.g. Ebay), we first see a list. If we click an item, we get the details page of that item, losing all context from the previous articles list.

Would it make sense to "open/close" the article details in a list? So, having an extended article view in the list, and a basic if it is not selected? How would a trigger be used for the selection? (mouse click on the item? elsewhere?)

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Sometimes, there is a link "back to the list" doing what you say - depending on whether user came from a category or from search results, leading to that place.

However, there is another pattern I find useful for that (and it can be used not only in e-shops), where having switched to the entry view, user is still presented a short list of entries that are close on the list. It looks like this:

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Using this kind of pattern, you will let user:

  • see the article details without losing context
  • switch directly to the next entries on the list
  • easily navigate back to the full list (category or search results)
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thank you! that is very nice! By the way, my demo case is here: palmedor.herokuapp.com - it is in the context of a JavaScript that I am writing. –  poseid Jun 22 '13 at 9:49
    
Your answer resulted into the following mock. –  poseid Jun 23 '13 at 10:11
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Thanks to Dominik answer, I arrive at this browser layout.

master/details

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