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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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Adaptive UI vs. recognizable UI

I'm reading a thesis which discusses Task-focused user interfaces. They discuss an application which adapts/filters views based on relevant items determined by an interaction history. They prove their ...
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If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown

For example, Say the site is for searching cars for sale, one of the filters is "only show black cars", if there's a car listed which doesn't have a color specified, should it be included in the ...
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How to indicate a table is missing rows that have been filtered out?

Do you know of any aesthetically-pleasing and effective ways of indicating that a table's contents have been filtered, without the filter information getting in the way? Some background on my ...
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Adding “Select…” as first option (placeholder) of dropdown list

Would it be considered a good practice to add the word "Select..." as the first option of a dropdown list? I think it's redundant and not at all necessary and what is in the dropdown list should be ...
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Filtering results with checkboxes

A colleague of mine and I have had a discussion about filtering with checkboxes on one of our sites. We use a number of checkboxes to allow the user to refine a search, by selecting their areas of ...
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Move filter from sidebar to top?

Has anyone moved their sidebar filter (similar to eBays filter, left example) to the top (YouTube example)? How did the users respond? I'm tempted to put it on top to keep the UI clean and tidy, but ...
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Which is the correct way to implement faceted search filtering: links vs checkboxes?

Is there a difference between implementing filtering options using links (or radio buttons), ie. you can only check one, versus using checkboxes? For example: Youtube uses links, you can only select ...
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Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc)

I am looking for inspiration on this. We have a Dot.Net web application, where we are building pretty complicated criteria. It works, but I would like to change this, re-shape this, possibly from the ...
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How to prevent bias toward top filter results?

We have a part of our intranet that lists all the foreign language speakers within the organization that fellow employees can reach out to if they need translation assistance. Naturally, there are ...
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Filtering vs. Sorting?

I'm creating a e-commerce site that will have different experiences for consumers and business owners. We're designing the business interface to allow them to quickly research existing and future ...
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Which color swatches best help users filter products?

I'm currently working on a design for a product filter, and one of the attributes will be color. Products will have any of several dozen specific colours, but it makes more sense to give users a ...
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Progressively Filtering Options

I am modelling a selection from a product matrix. The customer envisions this as a series of dropdowns which progressively filter what is available in a subsequent dropdown. So for example the first ...
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Should we prioritize use or linguistic?

I've been working on a project, and I found an interesting dilemma. The application I'm working on has this filter, let's say something like this: By default, none of the "options" are selected, ...
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“All” vs. “Any” for a choice which indicates lack of filtering

I have a table of items that can be filtered by many aspects, one of which, for example, is status. The filter is represented by a dropdown, where the default option is to not filter by any status. ...
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Combining breadcrumb and selected facets/filters into one

Given a site with faceted-search, etc. I want to display the facets a user has selected, not only as part of the faceted-navigation controls (left vertical) but also at the top of the page. Showing ...
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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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actual effects of “bozo room” anti-sock-puppet strategy

Recently a co-worker described to me a concept that he called the "bozo room" as a way to control spam, trolling and sock-puppeting in message boards, etc. I'd like to know if it has ever been ...
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Does a list of checkboxes necessarily mean multiple choices?

I'm currently reviewing the usability of an e-commerce website. When the user searches a product, filter options are provided to refine his search. The following list of checkboxes is available: ...
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user interface for multiple selection filter?

I have a user interface where there is a field with multiple options. There are a great many options so I'm using a type-ahead filter to assist discovery and selection. Is there any another good way ...
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Searching for items that include/exclude an attribute

I have a list of items. These items have 1 or more colors (black, red, green or any combination of the three). The user wants to filter the item on color. For example, show only the items that: ...
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Is there a name for this instant filter search pattern?

I've been trying to find a jQuery plugin which creates behavior similar to that of Stack Exchange user searches. The user search used on Stack Exchange sites is not an auto complete, but is more akin ...
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How to accomodate and/or with brackets in field filtering system

I am building a filtering system for a report and am trying to find a way to incorporate and/or logic when both are to be mixed. In essence, a very simple filter might be: Select field 1 from table ...
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Should we use Microsoft's feature names, or our own? “Autofilter” vs “Column filter”

Many Microsoft softwares, like the Office suite and the Windows Explorer, feature a type of column filter that they have dubbed the Autofilter. It filters rows based on column content. It adapts the ...
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Best UX approach for filtering product categories?

Lets say you have a typical set of product search results, and a typical sidebar with various checkboxes for you to filter and limit your search results. Something like the example of the left of this ...
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How to indicate AND and OR in a search form

I am designing a search form where the user has to indicate if the field is required or optional, this will affect the way the query is built. For example if the user marks the field as required, in ...
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Inspiration / examples of filtering several hundred (but not Ks) elements?

Our app supports decisions made on 500-1000 research proposals for our telescopes. The proposals have a lot of dimensions, so the users would like to be able to explore similar proposals. ("Proposals ...
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Filtering through a large table of data, thoughts?

Example: I have a large amount of data, such as a library of blog posts, or a massive amount of contacts, I am thinking that a data table visually would be the best way to display all this data, it is ...
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Combination of text and drag and drop search

I am designing a filter function for a software application (not a web site) which contains multiple input controllers. A text input is used in combination with a drop zone for files (for drag and ...
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Should filtering of data have an effect on the filter criteria as well?

My quesion is about filtering of data in a Windows desktop application. I have a large amount of data coming from a database (> 900.000 records). The records are shown in a classic listcontrol (rows ...
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Where to place list filter controls?

Suppose the user -- from a CMS backend WYSIWYG editor -- opens an Insert link-dialog. When having a list of possible link destination pages, where would be an appropriate place to put filter ...
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What is the best way to implement tabs for filtering on a responsive dashboard?

I am developing a web application that tracks Machinery performance in a Factory environment. There is a hierarchical structure to the customer's setup in the form of.... Factory 1 - Production ...
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A scalable solution to define user-group membership

I am trying to solve this design question for my class. The problem is simple - there are thousands of users and I have to design a UI that lets you associate them with a group. I found this ...
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Filtering: Additive or subtractive model?

A lot of sites use an additive filtration system while there is also subtractive now is used. A difference in an interaction method: Additive First of all you need to choose a set of the options ...
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How should I visually represent multiple three-state flags?

I'm building a piece of software which will have a filtering system that involves multiple flags. The complication is that each flag has three possible states: On Off N/A (i.e. It can't be applied, ...
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Search/Filter for automotive search

I'm creating a search form for an automotive website, and we want to use auto-suggest to recommend filter sets to refine the data. I've never designed search results that also incorporate search ...
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UX for filtering a table of data

I have a table of data that can be filtered by name, location or status. The data of each of these columns will be obvious to the administrators of the Portal (i.e that the first column is child's ...
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Notify users with deactivated JavaScript that “secondary” functionality is missing?

On http://xmpp.org/xmpp-protocols/xmpp-extensions/ there is a table listing items with different statuses (active, obsolete, final, …). When JavaScript is activated, there is a filter widget above ...
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Where should the user end up when clicking “Previous” or “Next” on a search result?

I´m having a discussion regarding how our site filter should work. The requirements has been the following: User enters the site and makes a search for eg. "jackets" Let´s say that we get 10 ...
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Which is better to design a Filter?

Which is better for filter, select a single value: Check box ( Use js to keep single selection ) Dropdown list Radio buttons Highlighted labels download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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How to lead users through a mandatory 3 step list select?

Developer here (I'd like to say designer but I get stuck with the code work either way). As part of a much larger system I have built a system to sign up for a course. A user can land on this ...
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Search results on a treeview widget

Does anyone have experience in showing search results in a treeview (thus filtering the treeview)? I know it's not best UX practice, but I am designing a program in which I may have to implement this ...
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Is it user-friendly to not provide the option to filter by price?

I'm currently working on an e-commerce website which sells magazines, books, subscriptions, and training materials. When the user searches for a product filter options are provided to refine his ...
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Building search interfaces with a large number of options

I'm about to start developing a web interface to a search - it indexes a large number of items with a lot of metadata, so there is a need to enable searching in multiple ways over lots of data. There ...
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Extensive filtering on search results page

I'm just working on a quite complex interface. There are/will be tons of items in it and there is a massive search feature. Search is filterable just like on Ebay or Amazon etc. Filters are very ...
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Filters on top or on side of the table

I have 2 options to show filters for a table. One option places filters on the top and the other on the side of the table. For both options we'll give users the ability to hide the filters (by ...
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Filter options - Preferable to use an 'all' box or a 'clear' link to restore default settings?

I'm currently working on a search engine, filter options are provided to allow users to refine their searches. Example: TYPE [box] Firm [box] Lawyer [box] Transaction [box] Company When the ...
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What's the best option to reset a filter?

I'm currently working on a faceted search and I'm wondering what is the best way to reset a filter. Please see my sketches below for a better understanding: 1. Add a 'All' checkbox at the top of the ...
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Search filtering (all vs. selected areas)

This is the part of our advanced search screen for searching the documents: It works like this: if the "Search in documents containing any language" is selected and users clicks on a check-box ...
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How should I implement a 'recently used' list in a dropdown function?

I'm building a complex web app that has a number of places where the user will need to select things from dropdowns. The dropdown lists can be quite long. We are already using the Select2 library to ...