RE: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down listboxes

Hi all,

I think the use of the term "Search" should be considered.  Most users'
mental-model of Search is to enter something in a text entry box.  In
this case, they are not entering any text; they are instead narrowing
down the list via filters.

I suggest changing the name(s) from "Simple Search" to just "Find Tool"
and "Advanced Find" or something similar.

If the discussion leads to everyone still wanting to use the term Search
I suggest removing the term "Simple" as most users imagine a "simple"
search only involving a text entry box and not a variety of choices.

As for the drop-down vs. listboxes it really comes down to whether you
want people to find tools in a variety of languages or not.  It sounds
like many people would like to have tools in a variety of languages to
review, so checkboxes, while a bit overwhelming, would actually serve
the user's needs better.

You're doing great work all - wish I had more time to participate!

Carol J. Smith
Global User Experience Group (UEG)
Direct: 703.947.5062

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Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 5:38 AM
Subject: [Tools List] Simple Search using drop-down listboxes


There are currently two implementations of the "Simple Search" page:

* Using checkboxes

* Using drop-down listboxes

While the first version seems more self-explanatory, it uses much more
space and may be more complex to use. Especially if the entries for
language etc get even longer (which we anticipate).

Suggestions and comments on how each one of these works or does not work
for you is welcome.


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