I am working on a design, however, I have hit a bit of a roadblock on a multiple selection filter. The list of filter values will not be very long.

I assume that users will not know all the available filter values, so I think search wouldn't work in this case.

I have created a basic flow - shown in the image below. Is there a better way of doing this or does this way work?


  • maybe a search would work great there!
    – Igor-G
    Nov 7, 2013 at 16:17
  • Hi Igor, I have played with that idea but the users do not know all the available options, so I anticipate a search will not work. What do you think?
    – Fritz
    Nov 7, 2013 at 16:20
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    Are you sure that every user will be able to map the categories to the subitems? - Is a Periophthalmus a fish or an amphibian? (although it's probably not really about animals)
    – Lovis
    Nov 7, 2013 at 16:25
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    @L.Mller - I am 90% certain that the users will be able to map the categories to the subitems. The filters will be more specific than the one shown, and its for a niche sector where the users have in depth understanding of the categories and subitems.
    – Fritz
    Nov 7, 2013 at 16:50
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    @Igor-G thanks for that! I think the main defining factor is: does the user know the potential options available, if so, then search works, where as if they do not, then a list works better. Thanks for the help!
    – Fritz
    Nov 7, 2013 at 17:21

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Take a look at


They have great examples, I think you should use this one Select2 Lifecycle.

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