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== Purpose ==
A list view is basically used to show some items. It offers orientation thereby and allows navigation without the need of other controls. Additionally, a list view may be used for single selection (users select one item from a list of mutually exclusive values) or multiple selection (selections in combination with the Shift key or Control key). However, because there is no common visual clue whether a list box’ mode is single or multiple and since other controls are more efficient for single selection, a list box should be used for single selection only.
== Guidelines ==
=== Subsection 1 ===
* Prefer a list view to show items that belong together and in case of sufficient space.
* Alternate row color (use theme settings). Use different keys (e.g. page up/down) when more lists should be accessible.
* 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.
* For lists with more than one column view, show headers and enable sorting by clicking the header. Show sort order in header.
* Always give list controls a label, positioned above or to the left of the list, in sentence capitalization.
* Make the list control large enough that it can show at least four items at a time without scrolling.
* If the list appears in a dialog or utility window, consider making the window and the list within it resizable 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.
=== Selection ===
* Use the list view for selection if it is easy for users to know which items are checked at any given time, for one or more of these reasons:
** There are no more than twice the number of options then are visible at a time
** The options are well-known (for example months of a year or days of a week)
** Usually the selected options are close to each other in the list
* Provide extended multiple selection with Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click to select groups of contiguous or non-adjacent values, respectively.
== Implementation ==
* [http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/qlistview.html QListView], for single-column lists.
* [http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/qtreeview.html QTreeView], for multi-column lists. Be sure to set the [http://qt-project.org/doc/qt-4.8/qtreeview.html#rootIsDecorated-prop rootIsDecorated property] to false if the items in your list do not have children.

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