Recommendations on UI for filtering content / switching user-roles.

23 Jan 2009 - 6:25am
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Nik
2009

Hi all,

I've recently joined this list so hope I have followed the standard
etiquette for posting messages.

Does anyone have any recommendations of sites using a technique for a
registered user to switch their view of a website from job-specific to
'show all'.

So if a user chooses to view the site as their registered job role of
'Travel Writer', whilst they will be able to access all the content on
the site, role-specific articles will be promoted more heavily within
the site pages. If the user chooses to 'View all' then the content
emphasis changes to a more level approach.

Would you suggest a simple dropdown box in the header of the site be
sufficient? If so this would only have options of

- Your role (Travel Writer)
- View all

Is this adding in an unnecessary option of 'your role' as a user
wouldn't be able to switch to it as it is their current state. Though we
could highlight it to show it is the current active state.

We would also have a visual indicator above the drop-down indicating
their current view.

I'm thinking a simple text link would not really be strong enough to
illustrate how you can change the content emphasis.

Interested to hear the groups thoughts on this. Also if it is a dropdown
list, what's the consensus on Go buttons?

The audience would be parents and medical professionals.

Many thanks,
Nik

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23 Jan 2009 - 8:07am
ivyclark
2008

Hi Nik,

One of the projects I managed was an online application that had
similar requirements and implemented that using dropdown list too.
The dropdown list approach worked well for us, as it didn't clutter
the screen with too many options which were not necessary once a
selection is made; and we kept the 'selected' option visible
indicating the current view. We didn't use the "Go" button, as
users felt a click on the dropdown list and making the selection are
2 quite deliberate actions that cannot occur accidentally. The other
advantage of the dropdown list would be scaleability for addition new
roles.

In that situation, different information views and scope of
functionalities were available, depending on whether the user was a
company, manager, broker, financial advisor or an investor. The
company had the highest access rights in the hierarchy and could
change views to the rest, while the investor was limited to only an
investor view.

Having said that, all our users went though induction programs to
familiarise them with the system, so perhaps you will find that
helpful too.

Hope this helps!

Regards,
Ivy

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26 Jan 2009 - 10:10am
Nik
2009

Hi,

Unfortunately I'm unable to give any more details. We're going to
progress the drop-down list solution with a few variations and then get
some user testing on it, perhaps some A/B split tests as well.

Thanks,
Nik

-----Original Message-----
From: USABILITY MEDIC [mailto:medic at usabilitymedic.com]
Sent: 26 January 2009 14:36
To: Nik Lazell
Cc: <discuss at ixda.org>
Subject: Re: [IxDA Discuss] Recommendations on UI for filtering content
/ switching user-roles.

Hi nik
Are you able to divulge the URL. I'd like to be a little more familiar
with the content and such before Inoffer any suggestions.

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On Jan 23, 2009, at 6:25 AM, "Nik Lazell"
<nik.lazell at realadventure.co.uk
> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I've recently joined this list so hope I have followed the standard
> etiquette for posting messages.
>
> Does anyone have any recommendations of sites using a technique for a
> registered user to switch their view of a website from job-specific to
> 'show all'.
>
> So if a user chooses to view the site as their registered job role of
> 'Travel Writer', whilst they will be able to access all the content on
> the site, role-specific articles will be promoted more heavily within
> the site pages. If the user chooses to 'View all' then the content
> emphasis changes to a more level approach.
>
> Would you suggest a simple dropdown box in the header of the site be
> sufficient? If so this would only have options of
>
> - Your role (Travel Writer)
> - View all
>
> Is this adding in an unnecessary option of 'your role' as a user
> wouldn't be able to switch to it as it is their current state.
> Though we
> could highlight it to show it is the current active state.
>
> We would also have a visual indicator above the drop-down indicating
> their current view.
>
> I'm thinking a simple text link would not really be strong enough to
> illustrate how you can change the content emphasis.
>
> Interested to hear the groups thoughts on this. Also if it is a
> dropdown
> list, what's the consensus on Go buttons?
>
> The audience would be parents and medical professionals.
>
> Many thanks,
> Nik
>
>
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