I'm wondering if there are guidelines on how to let my users enter a text-free filter where I want to let then use wildcards (besides 'simple' text).
Assuming I have a report with columns and lines, and I have to provide my users the ability to filter out lines if a certain column, named 'Branch type' contains some string. Right now I provide the following, including two options: 'contain' and 'does not contain':
Now it becomes more confusing: Assuming I want to let them use wildcards (** see below), how would you implement this?
- Would you keep the same two options?
- Would you change these two options to 'is' and 'is not'?
- Would you provide 4 options, including 'is' and 'is not' (which does not support wildcards) and another two options 'contains' and 'does not contain' that support wildcards?
(**) Wildcards means special characters like "*" (asterisk) which can replace every character