is an arrangement of items in which the items are represented as being "above," "below," or "at the same level as" one another

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What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy?

I've been pondering the best way to show a deep hierarchy for a desktop application I'm working on. Here are some alternative designs I'm considering... Mac OSX Finder: If you understand what ...
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How do you approach educating clients about “the fold” (and other UX 'myths')

I've always been of the belief that "the fold" is a bit of a misnomer, and indeed there's a whole bunch of research (including material posted on this very site) suggesting that users don't have a ...
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Taxonomy Hierarchy Management UI Pattern

Overview I have a custom lightweight web CMS I am developing. It has a feature that allows business users to define hierarchical taxonomies, add/edit/delete nodes, change their sort order relative ...
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Can tags have hierarchy?

Does anyone have experience working with nested tags? I could not find any websites that allow users to have hierarchies in their tags (equivalent to non-mutually exclusive categories). Is it a bad ...
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Has there been an implementation of a tag hierarchy with graph edge relations?

When organizing information it is common to use either a hierarchy or tags. An element in a hierarchy is ordered within a predefined category and relates to other elements as above, below or at the ...
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Hierarchical comments usability issues

For blog, what are best practices to implement topic’s hierarchical comments? How to help users to find yet unread comments when they may appear anywhere in the tree? How to show what parent comment ...
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How to structure Android app navigation with many levels?

The app I'm working on is a little like a set of sub-apps within one app, so the structure is basically as follows. Note that the subsections are a mix of tools and content (i.e. this isn't an app ...
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For large hierarchies - checkbox tree or 'guided tree construction'

Context In my Web based application I have a hierarchy of musical genres. There are around 1.5k genres in the tree, and the depth of the tree is at most about four levels. My application allows you ...
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Displaying a panda's family tree

I have a section on my website that displays information about all known captive pandas, (Nearly 700) in total. Each panda has a single page which display it's name, birth / death and where it has ...
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Interaction pattern for creating/editing organization hierarchy; assigning people to groups in hierarchy

I'm looking for an Interaction pattern for creating/editing organization hierarchy and assigning people to groups in the hierarchy. For example, the app's users will need to define a hierarchical ...
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What is the most user friendly way to allow users to insert data into a hierarchy?

I have created a hierarchical data set which I use to store a tree of regions. I want users to be able to add new nodes onto the tree, but I am having a hard time thinking of a very user friendly way ...
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Designing modern Site Maps

In my opinion, the Site Map is possibly the most important deliverable for any IA or User Experience project. The structure of the website needs to be pinned down before anything else can be started. ...
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TreeTable as a flexible condition/filter editor

I face the task to create condition/filter editor every time I need to develop a data/request/event processing system. As usual, there is no universal one and only solution. Google shows a lot of ...
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If and how to break a long wizard into main steps and substeps?

I am given the task to design a lengthy web form that asks a user to enter a lot of information on a technical installation he planned/built. Given the nature of the required data (there are different ...
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Alternatives for Tree structure [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy? In a desktop application what are the innovative, alternate methods to a tree structure? Provide me some example ...
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Tri-state checkbox: Which state should be selected after clicking?

There is a hierarchy of selectable items, let's say a parent and two children. All three items have checkboxes. When both children are checked, the parent's checkbox is also checked. When both ...
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What is the best replacement for Tree View control in Windows 8 app?

I was looking for the best replacement for Tree View control to show hierarchical data in Windows 8 app. Let's say you have a screen like Bug details in TFS. It has a field called "Iteration Path" ...
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Data display for hierarchical data

I have various collections of entities that can be associated at various levels, varying in depth as well. Would the best approach be to use a treeview? If I cannot use a treeview could I create the ...
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Better way of merging two tree views into a single

I am working on a UI design which has two tree view components to show data hierarchy. Each tree shows same data but has two different functionalities. I felt showing them in such a way will confuse ...
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Any value to gathering qualitative data from card sorts?

One of the best tools I've found for card sort experiments seems to be websort, mainly because you can just send out a link for participants to go through the exercise at their own convenience. ...
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How to fit tiered comments on a small mobile screen?

Websites such as Reddit have tiered comments. In tiered comments, a response is indented one step past its parent comment. How can tiered comments be adapted for the mobile screen? I forsee the ...
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Presenting a dynamic hierarchy with a great number of elements

This is my first post here. Hopefully the description will come across as clear. What I'd like to do in an application I'm working on is to present a form of hierarchy with a potentially great number ...
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A Better alternative to display Hierarchical Data than using TreeView

I am a ASP.net Developer and am looking out for other alternatives to Treeview control. Reason behind is shipping too much of viewstate information for each request. Functionality of treeview would be ...
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What is the best way to visualize an org chart when people have multiple responsibilities?

I have asked the following question on stackoverflow around modeling an org chart. This focused on the DB modeling details, etc but I want to ask a related question here focusing purely on the user ...
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Showing the user the hierarchy of inputs in a form

I'm working on a form where the user can enter multiple "disciplines" using multiple text fields, the form starts out like this: then if they press the button (Add SUB), this happens: As you ...
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Numbering Cards for Card Sorting Excercise

I am going to be conducting various card sorting exercises with a small group soon and I have a question about how to label some of the cards. I have about 6 that will contain words that I would like ...
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UI paradigm for nested layout editor

I have an application that with a layout editor, somewhat similar to the WinForms editor in Visual Studio -- with drag-and-drop widget placement, a property panel, etc. I'm adding the option to have ...
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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...
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Modern Alternative to Tree View for Hierarchical Data

There are other similar questions to this, but none of the solutions really fit my problem space. Breadcrumbs and drill-down menus are not the solution. So without further ado: The design problem ...
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What are the Benefits/Risks of Unobtrusive Global Search until active pattern (Facebook, Apple)?

Apple and Facebook recently implemented a darkening of their global search inputs until focused. Apple's default short input width - widening on focus is also interesting. My first assumption is ...
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Does the use of lines improve the usability of tree widgets?

I am in the process of defining a style guide for a family of software applications, including the usage and visual design of a tree widget. Right now, we are having discussions whether to use lines ...
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What is the best means to show three level data with numeric scores at each level feeding the parent level

I have a data set with three levels of data and a numeric score at each level. These score values roll up to the parent each level. I need this display as part of a report that is "printer friendly". ...
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Best way of representing Hierarchical data in android

I am trying to find out the best way of representing hierarchical data in android. There are no tree view controls and expandable list views dont work since i can have many levels of hierarchy. I ...
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What's the best UEA/Design/Code team setup? [closed]

Due to the discussion I need to rephrase this. (I put the old content as a quote.) My question is about a good setup of people with a strong focus on UX experts. Those could be UX Architects, UX ...
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How to display the relevant data on the UI

I was going through a book, which said that the data should be organised in such a way that primary and secondary levels are accessed within 3-5 clicks and remaining data should be at ternary level ...
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Usability of nested accordions

I have seen some interface designs that nest accordions that show/hide information at more than one level of hierarchy. The example show also uses both vertical and horizontal hierarchies to add ...
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What is the best UI design for hierarchical data?

This is such a common issue and I'm running into it in many projects. Let's suppose you have a system that tracks conferences: Conferences Venues -> Buildings -> Rooms ...
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Is there a way to display a hierarchical file tree-view in a fixed horizontal space?

This is more of a musing, but in Windows Explorer, and IDEs like Eclipse, I often end up with a file tree that is expanded so many levels deep, I cannot see both the root and the files I'm working on ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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Best UI to create complex data structures; Node Tree, List Tree, Miller Columns, or something else?

I have a challenging task with redesigning a crucial part of my companies web app that is sold to external customers. The general idea behind the feature is that companies want a way to create complex ...
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Proper UI for Hierarchical Data Entry

I am developing a Windows Forms application to manage legal documents. Users will enter and modify information about these documents and much of this information is hierarchical. Documents have ...
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What's the best way to display a hierarchical category list with a preview?

I am working on a site designed to display data organized into hierarchical categories. We are looking for the best way to display these categories so as to show the user a large amount of ...
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What are some ways to visually communicate hierarchy between two different select elements?

The use case having two input elements, in which second select input depends on the first one; so when first one is updated, options on the second changes. Conceptually; both of these elements are ...
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Grouped list with a lot of singletons — how to present groups of size one?

We have a table with a large number of items (50-500+). Items are grouped -- basically, think of a list of folders each with at least one item in them. Actions need to be taken on each item, or ...
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Which is the best way to display priority in a large list of items?

We have a list of approximately 50 items. The item at the top takes highest priority, and the item at the bottom takes the least. These items can be re-ordered by selecting the item and clicking the ...
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Presenting Hierarchical Options

I'm wondering what is considered "best practice" for displaying hierarchical lists that allow selection in a web app. In this case, we're presenting users with the option to select n counties per ...
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Explorative Interfaces for large hierarchical data?

After I posted my last question here, I read a bunch of articles about how treeviews are the devil and stuff. Almost everyone talks about better search engines, tagging and faceted search. But it ...
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Represent mandatory/recommended/optional relationships between items

I've got a tree structure where the relationship between the parent and the child can be marked as either mandatory, recommended, or optional. This structure can be up to 3 levels deep. For example: ...
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Search results - representing/showing parent/child records

I have a couple of questions which relates to how to best show parent/child records on search results. An example first: If you have digitised 300 individual pages of an illuminated manuscript, then ...
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Hierarchical/flat comment system

I'm trying to design comment system for my reddit-like site. I like hierarchical comments because you can sort them to quickly get the best comments for large threads. Unfortunately with ...