User Experience Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for user experience researchers and experts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

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?)

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

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:

enter image description here

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)
share|improve this answer
thank you! that is very nice! By the way, my demo case is here: - 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

Thanks to Dominik answer, I arrive at this browser layout.


share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.