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== Edit Lists: Two lists with arrow buttons ==
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=== Summary ===
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The user may choose to select from a pool of items on a regular basis. Two lists are used so that the user can see the list of available items and the list of current items simultaneously.
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=== Solution ===
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== Purpose ==
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Multiple selection in lists with more than a few items might become difficult because selected as well as available items are not visible at once. As an alternative approach the ''dual-list pattern'' (also known as list builder, or paired lists) was introduced. It consists of two standard list boxes with the option to move items from one list to the other and back. Dual-lists are useful for extended multiple selection in general, especially for huge sets of items or in case of elaborate selections. The trade-off is the rather large amount of space that is needed to show two adjoined lists.
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== Example ==
 
[[Image:twoLists.png]]
 
[[Image:twoLists.png]]
  
''Optional items include scrollbars and a drop-down list if available items must be categorized. The buttons used to sort the target list should only used if the list is sortable and it makes sense to sort it.''
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See also [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Contributing#Selection|alternate proposals]] (for KF 5.0)
  
 
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== Guidelines ==
* The list of all available items is on the left.
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=== Is this the right control ===
* The list of current items in the order they exist is on the right.  
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* Use a dual-list pattern for multiple selection and in case of large lists.
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* In case of limited screen real estate consider to change the workflow into repeated selections of smaller lists or by applying a hierarchy to the data.
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* Do not use a dual list to show data primarily.
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=== Behavior ===
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* Make the left list the standard list containing all available options. The right list holds all currently selected items.
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* Place move/remove buttons (right and left arrows) centered and in between the two lists.
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* Disable a button if the respective list is empty.
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* Provide drag ‘n drop of items between lists.
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* Double click on an item adds it to the current list, or removes it respectively.
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* Allow multiple selection of items within one list.
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* If an instance of one item can be repeated (such as a spacer), copy (rather than move) the item from the available pool of items to the list of current items.
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* If the list of current items can be reordered, place up/down buttons to the right of the list of current items. Only enable the up/down buttons when an item is selected and can be moved. Drag and drop may also be used in addition to reorder the list.
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* Do not have blank list items; use meta-options, e.g. (None) instead.
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* Place options that represent general options (e.g. All, None) at the beginning of the list.
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* Sort list items in a logical order. Make sure sorting fits translation.
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=== Appearance ===
 
* Ensure that the list boxes are of equal height and width.
 
* Ensure that the list boxes are of equal height and width.
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* Alternate row color (use theme settings).
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* Make both list controls large enough that it can show at least four items at a time without scrolling.
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* If the lists appears in a dialog or utility window, consider making the window and the lists within it resizeable so that the user can choose how many list items are visible at a time without scrolling. Each time the user opens this dialog, set its dimensions to those that the user last resized it to.
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* Label both lists view with a descriptive caption to the top.
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* Create a buddy relation so access keys are assigned.
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* Do not use ending punctuation (neither dot nor colon) for caption.
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* Use [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Capitalization|sentence style capitalization]] for list view items.
  
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=== Implementation ===
  
* Place move/remove buttons (right and left arrows) centered and in between the two lists.
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[[Category:Usability]][[Category:Behavior]][[Category:Editing_and_Manipulation]][[Category:Selection]]
** Items are moved from the available pool of items to the list of current items.
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** The buttons to move items left and right are sensitive to the item selection and disabled if no items are selected.
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** If an instance of one item can be repeated (such as a spacer), copy (rather than move) the item from the available pool of items to the list of current items.
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** Multiple selection is possible, but only items in one list can be selected at a time.
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** Drag & drop between the boxes is allowed in addition to the move/remove buttons.
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** Double-clicking an item has the same effect as pressing the corresponding button.
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* If the list of current items can be reordered, place up/down buttons to the right of the list of current items.
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** Only enable the up/down buttons when an item is selected and can be moved.
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** Drag and drop may also be used in addition to reorder the list.
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=== Related patterns: ===
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[[/Selecting Items from a Pool]]; [[/Picker Dialog]]
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Latest revision as of 12:03, 5 September 2013


[edit] Purpose

Multiple selection in lists with more than a few items might become difficult because selected as well as available items are not visible at once. As an alternative approach the dual-list pattern (also known as list builder, or paired lists) was introduced. It consists of two standard list boxes with the option to move items from one list to the other and back. Dual-lists are useful for extended multiple selection in general, especially for huge sets of items or in case of elaborate selections. The trade-off is the rather large amount of space that is needed to show two adjoined lists.

[edit] Example

TwoLists.png

See also alternate proposals (for KF 5.0)

[edit] Guidelines

[edit] Is this the right control

  • Use a dual-list pattern for multiple selection and in case of large lists.
  • In case of limited screen real estate consider to change the workflow into repeated selections of smaller lists or by applying a hierarchy to the data.
  • Do not use a dual list to show data primarily.

[edit] Behavior

  • Make the left list the standard list containing all available options. The right list holds all currently selected items.
  • Place move/remove buttons (right and left arrows) centered and in between the two lists.
  • Disable a button if the respective list is empty.
  • Provide drag ‘n drop of items between lists.
  • Double click on an item adds it to the current list, or removes it respectively.
  • Allow multiple selection of items within one list.
  • If an instance of one item can be repeated (such as a spacer), copy (rather than move) the item from the available pool of items to the list of current items.
  • If the list of current items can be reordered, place up/down buttons to the right of the list of current items. Only enable the up/down buttons when an item is selected and can be moved. Drag and drop may also be used in addition to reorder the list.
  • Do not have blank list items; use meta-options, e.g. (None) instead.
  • Place options that represent general options (e.g. All, None) at the beginning of the list.
  • Sort list items in a logical order. Make sure sorting fits translation.

[edit] Appearance

  • Ensure that the list boxes are of equal height and width.
  • Alternate row color (use theme settings).
  • Make both list controls large enough that it can show at least four items at a time without scrolling.
  • If the lists appears in a dialog or utility window, consider making the window and the lists within it resizeable so that the user can choose how many list items are visible at a time without scrolling. Each time the user opens this dialog, set its dimensions to those that the user last resized it to.
  • Label both lists view with a descriptive caption to the top.
  • Create a buddy relation so access keys are assigned.
  • Do not use ending punctuation (neither dot nor colon) for caption.
  • Use sentence style capitalization for list view items.

[edit] Implementation


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