A problem that I have often found in web-based applications is around the
selection (multi-select) from a large data set that requires the display of
multiple layers of meta-data in order to allow the user to make a proper and
It appears that the current set of conventions and standards don't work well
in all circumstances, especially when the selections are made as a
sub-selection for another item (what I have been taught to call a correlated
My issues are around making these selections clear in method. Usability
suggests that for whatever reason, building collections w/ checkboxes
doesn't seem to work, for example.
I was wondering if others have faced this problem and what types of
solutions have they come up with if any.