I am currently working on a web application for sourcing and spend analysis
and I am toying with an issue that I thought might be interesting to open to
the forum and get input. The product uses a lot of lists and usually has
check boxes on every row with a 'select all' checkbox on the top with
associated action buttons also on top of the list. The lists so far have
been only as wide as the screen in the ideal screen resolution for which the
product is designed and the header with the action buttons always remained
in view and out of the vertical scroll area. With the new release however,
new modules have been addeed in which the screen is very wide (I am told not
a single column can be removed). So the selection boxes are getting lost in
My questions are -
1. Is there a standard for the location of selection chackboxes on lists -
first column/ last column?
2. How do you handle the visual imbalance of having headers, filters, list
pagination, buttons and associated checkboxes on the right?
3. Any examples of how people have successfully dilineated to the user, all
buttons that need checkbox selection and those that don't?
4. What about actions that pertain only to a single row and appear with in
the body of the list? If the check boxes and the buttons on top are to the
right and the row actions on the left on a horizontal scroll, isn't that too
much mouse movement? If the row actions will also move to the left, then is
there a risk of seeing all the things you can do to a row before you see
enough information about it?
Lots of questions there....but any examples/ ideas/ pointers/input will be