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I am working on a design, however I have hit a bit of a roadblock on a multiple selection filter. There are set filter options to chose from, so the list will not be very long.

I have created a basic flow, shown in the image below of how I expect it to function. The users will not know all the options available so search would not work...

Is there a better way of doing this or does this way work?


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maybe a search would work great there! – Igor-G Nov 7 '13 at 16:17
Hi Igor, I have played with that idea but the users do not know all the available options, so I anticipate a search will not work. What do you think? – Fritz Nov 7 '13 at 16:20
Are you sure that every user will be able to map the categories to the subitems? - Is a Periophthalmus a fish or an amphibian? (although it's probably not really about animals) – Lovis Nov 7 '13 at 16:25
@L.Mller - I am 90% certain that the users will be able to map the categories to the subitems. The filters will be more specific than the one shown, and its for a niche sector where the users have in depth understanding of the categories and subitems. – Fritz Nov 7 '13 at 16:50
@Igor-G thanks for that! I think the main defining factor is: does the user know the potential options available, if so, then search works, where as if they do not, then a list works better. Thanks for the help! – Fritz Nov 7 '13 at 17:21
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Take a look at

They have great examples, I think you should use this one Select2 Lifecycle.

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