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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Yeah, this was an alternative version I tried out having already posted this question. Early tests seemed OK and better than my initial version, but I was only able to test with a few people so will try it out again to see how intuitive and easy to use this version is.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Ah, this seems like a suitably obvious option that I can't believe I didn't think of! Always the way isn't it, instead of a massively overengineered solution there is always a simpler one. I'll see if I can knock this up and see how it works out.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
I did consider a circular option as that would translate well on a mobile. However this is a desktop only interface so I don't have the space for a circular one. Plus, I imagine that this control is very intuitive with a finger but incredibly fiddly and annoying with a mouse cursor.
Oct
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
@Blam I'm trying to determine a control that would allow the user to continuously count up. So in that sense there is no maximum. There is no 'last' number in existance. In practice we will likely restrict it to a certain amount, but I need a control that can theoretically have no maximum. With a scroller you know you are roughly 75% towards the end, but here I don't want the user to be able to see that.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Yeah, having the user set the maximum basically means you're having them manually type in the actual mileage they want, ergo reducing the need for the 'slider'. Well, it'd mean the 'slider' only gets used for tweaking rather than initial entry.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Hmm, letting the user set (and change) the maximum is an interesting idea. Although I'd wager people never actually change the default (people don't tend to with defaults) but it's an interesting idea.
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answered creating documents in folder system
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Your description is sort of what I was trying to go with. The idea sounds great in principle, but because visual control is a static form control I don't think the users are understanding the intracies of how it operates. They just use it like a scrollbar - shove it to one side and the result ends up at 120,000, then shove it the other way to correct it and the result shoots down to 100 or so. Getting them to understand that it can be used in small increments is the trouble here. If it requires instructions for use then it's no good.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Hmm, an interesting idea. Albeit one that still has a maximum amount on the slider, but would allow to have a ludicrously high maximum that it'd be unlikely the user would ever need that much. However this option does require two inputs, and would mean most of the tweaking would have to happen on the second (B) bar. If someone enters 100 but wants to see what the results would be like on the 15,000s range that is going to be tricky (but still possible here, I agree).
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comment creating documents in folder system
How many types of document are there?
Oct
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
Your jsfiddle still has a max value though. You can reach the end of that slider. Whereas I want something where there is no end. That's why I went for a 3Dish looking cog that can rotate all the way around and keep going. It's a tricky one I guess.
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
It's probably more likely people will pick something within a range of a few thousand. But as it's just an interactive 'toy' thing they'll be encouraged to play around with wildly different figures. It's more the method of inputting these figures I'm concerned with rather than the specific accuracy (it's a textbox too so can be typed in directly).
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comment Slider control when there is no maximum value
That is kind of how I tried to put my control together. I split the control into segments, moving the thumb to either extreme end increase/decrease the total by 1,000, whereas moving the thumb slightly off centre to left/right change the value by 1/-1. Plus some notches inbetween. It's still too confusing for users though. Especially because at one end the counter goes up in thousands, so moving the thumb back a bit still increases the total, only in 100s instead. It's not behaving as users expect, but it's hard for them to describe how they do think it should work.
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