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I have a new-to-me UX challenge that we're working through that involves a user giving us either a single fixed dollar amount, OR choosing to give us a soft minimum/maximum range. The dollar amounts in this field will typically be in the tens of millions of dollars, so that's 8 digits, and it is a different experience than putting in single integer ranges like "1-5".

Let me know your thoughts on making this the simplest experience for our users!

  • Welcome to the site, @Tim. Can you clarify the problem you're facing? What possible solutions have you tried? What didn't work about them? – Graham Herrli Jul 27 '16 at 22:32
  • Give example for the soft minimum/maximum range. – Kristiyan Lukanov Jul 28 '16 at 8:15
  • How precise do the ranges need to be? I.e. can it be as general as "10-13 million" or (in the extreme) as precise as "10,575,222 to 12,888,412"? This probably affects the choice of "best" control. – TripeHound Jul 13 '17 at 8:27
  • Also, do you need this also on a mobile platform? – Jaroslav M Oct 11 '17 at 7:05
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I would use a Range Slider, the range slider can have added functionality to suit particular needs like min max ranges, draggable range, editable min-max,etc.

The display of units doesn't need to be anything special but a numerical format:

Range Slider

You can find them here:

https://jqueryui.com/slider/#range, or do a search in codepen for more.

  • I wouldn't use it on mobile, though. I always struggle with these controls if I need to select a small range since I have large fingers - I guess I am not alone in this.... – Jaroslav M Oct 11 '17 at 7:07
  • Not to mention if you're going for something more precise than rough numbers ("1,325,235" instead of "1 million") your users will hate you. – Mariusz Ciesla Oct 23 '17 at 12:11
  • @MariuszCiesla: The poster left it unclear on what kind of precision is needed along with mobile support, but a range plus a precision input could work, for mobile I would probably use native controls. – Keno Oct 23 '17 at 16:23

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