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Don't waste space or create confusion When you duplicate information, you make the user look at it twice. This creates some disorientation. You can treat the top categories like tabs then expose their sub-categories at the top portion of your left nav. This has the benefit of encouraging subcategory discovery and providing a sense of place within the ...


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Two modes can be given to the user: Basic and Advanced. Basic mode will cover only All/Any option to join all filters. In Advanced mode, the user can write a complicated query using brackets. Otherwise, putting all options in the given UI will make it a bit complicated, and maybe only few users want to use this Advanced feature.


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Lots of good answers here. I am adding one more. If you are familiar with Microsoft TFS web interface. This is how they currently offer AND/OR based filtering. This also has sub criteria. This only allows one level of cascading. There is a valid reason for that too. Adding more number of levels is overwhelming for the processing logic yielding marginally ...


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My company researched and tested various query representations for more than a decade now, and the one that works best with our users is a funnel-like representation, where OR conditions are laid out horizontally and AND conditions vertically. The AND conditions work like filters in a query in that they make the results set smaller, so we present them that ...


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your problem could be solved using the Breadcrumb method. combined with dropdown list and auto complete input box if you have a long list. here you are what I mean. and the result will be shown as the following the second pulldown list will filtered from the first list and third one is filtered from the second one. I mean nothing will show in the ...


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In the current context, i think the system should speak what the user can understand without thinking about it. I agree to your apprehension in using the clear icon, it does look like the refresh and it would be unnecessary to use an icon here when text could easily fit in. Here is an interesting thread on what might make it clear for you : Icon vs Icon ...


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Is it only me or that the textual option you used is better than any of the graphical suggestions above? In my opinion, this is too complex to be solved solely by some sophisticated graphical arrangement. Now, in this point you have to ask yourself, who is your target user? I guess this is meant for some professional/experienced user, not for a novice one. ...


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If your criteria are mostly simple then a Query By Example (QBE) approach may be sufficient, and simpler for User to learn, construct and debug, especially those users familiar with spreadsheets. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups QBE can scale to more complex terms.


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Have you considered something like a report generation rules wizard similar to outlook inbox rules wizard? The reason I'm suggesting this is: most users may be familiar with this kind of design which would improve user experience the user can change parameters and keep it simple or as complex as they want I agree with @gustav test with users


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The solution is in the interface. Don't make users interpret a tree of inputs. The interface should help the user understand their task. Let the users focus on the filter they are creating. Use form fields, selectors, etc. only as inputs, not to display any information, and remove them once their function is complete. By breaking the statement into ...


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In case of non-techsavvy users, this might be a good way: Whats about making your search criteria like common language. All links are changeable with a dropdown list or similar. Inputfields for numbers or text.


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I think it depends a little on what kind of users you are targeting. If you want to make it as easy as possible for any user (newbie or professional), look at big search engines like google. They let you search for anything and have an advanced search with many different fields where you users can define what they want to search for and what they don't want ...


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You can choose for fields and take values for each fields instead of fixing the field sequence.


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Users First you need to know who are the users and if this approach fits their needs and skills. For most business users and/or logic is hard to understand and should be avoided. Technicians or clerks in finance, accounting, ... are used to such a logic. UI Depending on the requirements several implementations are conceivable: Simple filter: Implicit ...


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Nested blocks in a vertical layout This pattern tested very well with our users. It uses common language to explain what you are looking for and allows any level of complex grouping where individual blocks can be moved around, changed from AND to OR, or deleted. This level of clarity does take up quite a bit of space but not too much for most simple ...


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We provide retail and stock control systems so accurate capture of barcodes and serial numbers at high speed is important to us. For what its worth, here's what we do, but our target market might be slightly different to yours. Use a barcode scanner. There are bluetooth ones that interface easily to most mobile devices. Of course this costs the end user ...


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Well, if you can do this using barcode OR manual input, and you say serial numbers are sequential, so both teh barcode AND teh serial numbers will have common characters, you can do something like this: 1- Offer the user to scan the barcode (include some hint message) 1.1 - If user scans barcode 1.1.1 - on success --> stop 1.1.2 - on ...


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Let's face it, serial numbers weren't meant to be consumed by humans. Can you imagine going to the grocery store and waiting for someone to manually enter each and every bar code number for all your items? In your situation I think option 3 is your best bet but I don't see why you couldn't combine option 3 with option 2. If the bar code scanner is failing ...



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