I see two major schools of thought/implementations of 'quick select' date range options:

A) General web apps

| today | yesterday | last 7 days | last month | last 3 months | ...etc. | Custom |

Usually presented in some form of selectbox/dropdown list - i.e. hidden requiring discovery as to which ones are available. As seen in google adwords, google adsense et al.

B) Stock markets and mobile

| 1d | 4w | 3m | 6m | 1y | custom |

Usually presented as is, simple text, click to view (does not require discovery). As seen in Yahoo Stocks, and iphone stock apps example (cannot provide more than 2 links as a new user)

I am interested to do a little poll on the above.. please answer either A or B for your preference, along with any appropriate discussion on topic relating to UX of both/either method.

  • Note that those things are, as you say, 'quick selects'. They are nothing more than shortcuts and never a replacement for scrolling and zooming in the graph. Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 8:44

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I don't know your use scenario for the date range selection. But I want to try to give an answer. The solution (B) corrensponds with typical durations (terms) of financial instruments on the stock markets e.g. a bonds has a duration of 5Y. In my opinion, this date range solution is intuitive for this kind of case. Solution (A) will be used for general date ranges. A nice solution is the date range selectors with drag&drop. You should test both version with your customers and your use cases.

Other platforms (e.g. Bloomberg and EUREX) used the same data range selection.



  • Good answer, imo. One can never define a 'unifying stndard' as it really depends on the context in which you are using it. Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 8:46
  • @sysscore:@BaGi Thanks for feedback. That was the "(and should there be?)" component of my question.
    – Simon
    Commented Oct 26, 2011 at 18:53

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