I have a page to create orders on which the users can take any one of two actions - send to design and send for invoicing. Different groups of users take these actions in different order. The fields on the page are grouped in sections which are listed vertically on the page so the user can see all the fields. Assuming the user has already created a draft of the order - what is the best way to show the fields required for each action? (changing business process or ordering the actions is not an option)
Currently we use single asterisk for design and double asterisks for invoice on the fields and we have a legend at the top of the page to explain the single asterisk and double asterisks. One suggestion was to show a list of actions on the page and ask the user what action they want to take and show the required fields based on the option they select however I don't think its a good idea to ask the users what action they want to take - they should be able to take any action they want.
Thanks in advance.