Paginating a categorized list

29 Aug 2011 - 3:51pm
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I have a list on a mobile screen that is organized into categories that does not fall into a continum. Let's just say that it is 'North', 'East', 'South' and 'West'. The list is loaded remotely and everytime only 10 can be retrieved from the server. Is there any good example of an UI that work for such a list? The regular stream that the Facebook and Google+ won't work. I don't want to show all the North entries, have him scroll down and wait for entries for 'East', 'South' and 'West'.

Thanks for your advice in advance!


29 Aug 2011 - 5:17pm

I have a similar but different challenge. I have a list taht is sortable by various categories in multiple coumns and the interface can not handle more than 25 rows in IE, 100 in Firefox .We need to make the rows expandable/collapasable for a variety of reasons. Any examples of collapsing rows using pagination that don't create interaction havoc?

31 Aug 2011 - 2:11pm
Diana Wynne

Regarding the first problem, look at travel sites that filter and sort results based on likely parameters. For example has a mobile app as does Kakak; start with a hotel search that has a lot of results (NYC, LA).

Sometimes users want cheapest, sometimes highest rated, sometimes closest. You could make those preset filters into tabs/a menu/primary nav at the top, and then list the first 10 results based on the filter.

Users are less likely to mind a delay if it's related to tapping a button, whether it's changing a filter at the top or showing more results at the bottom.

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