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The problem seems to be related to the (third form of) database normalisation. Each rerasonably disjunct set of data (like information about a book) should/could be editable on its own without the user's need to touch any other set of data (like the author page) In general you want to decide what information belong together and make it visible to the user ...


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Seeing you are already using categories, and what I understand is you don't want to have scrolling inside your popup? If your user does not need to see all the information filled into your form, depending on the process I see two options where the form fields are divided into smaller blocks (for example your categories?), tabs or wizard style process. Many ...


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What platform would this be in? For mobile devices? For desktops? If it is just for desktops, a box with a scroll-able region should suffice. Or if there are so many fields, then it probably deserves its own page. For mobile devices, I think it would be preferable to group the fields into logical categories and separate them into pages For example, a user ...


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If the type of some fields depends on previous choices/answers you can populate the form accordingly (= based on previous choices) using a framework like jQuery of plain old JavaScript. But if I understand it correctly the only elements in the form are 20 fields? If so, you could try grouping similar fields and use -for example- collapsible divs? So users ...


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Why not automatically suggest items as the user makes selections. I would locate the "Suggested Items" below the item selections similar to how Netflix suggests alternative titles once a user has viewed a title. Getting a good default will be important so use what you know about the user (behavior, preferences, profile) to drive the initial presentation. I ...


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There is an interesting article written by the Nielson Norman group which discusses the time spent reading which suggests a need for more relevant and appropriate information to retain attention. Whilst not directly appropriate to your question does back up your own experience. Nielson Norman Group Article - How little do users read? Research is thin on ...



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