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From UX perspective, a checkbox list will work better for all types of users. Because a user will be able to see some of the items immediately. It will force him to interact. The best practices are not to hide content under expanded controls.


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Really, it has nothing to do with whether it's required or not. The nature of a select box is that something is always selected, whether that be a placeholder (which is still just an option like any other) or one of the actual available options. Given that, the only acceptable time to exclude a placeholder is when there is a valid default option for the ...


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If the field is required, it should not be auto-filled, because Fields with stuff in them are less noticeable. Eyetracking studies show that users’ eyes are drawn to empty fields. At the minimum, users will spend more time locating a non-empty field — a nuisance. At the worst, they will overlook the field completely—a potential ...


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There's a bit of difference in the problems they're there to solve. Find As another responder has already said, search-within-document (ctrl-F) is typically referred to as "find". This is usually used where you know (or suspect) that the exact text you're looking for is in the document, and wish to confirm it's presence and locate it. You're looking ...


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Search is different in these contexts, because in an editor, the user has created the content, knows it well, and finds it easiest to locate a piece by viewing results in the order they occur. You may notice in some document viewers (e.g. PDF, rather than editors) where the user is reading someone else's content and is less familiar, the trend may be ...


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Here is your solution as per my point of view. See the image below.


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One design options you can look into is using a dropdown call-to-action for your search button. So by default you can present the input elements for one type of search, and when the user selects the other search type you present them with the alternate set of input elements. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Use a tabbed container for the filters A common and acceptable way to separate filter options, is to user tabs (or versions of tabs) This can often be seen on travel websites, where users can search for several different services. With this method, it's only possible to submit one set of search criteria at one time. Put each set of filters in an ...



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