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About a good GUI Design...

 
Olena Golub
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Hello everybody,

I am trying to start my GUI design and I am confused a little about placing the search criteria block.
Is it a good idea to place my search block before the table? I am not sure is it a good design choice or not.

+-------------------------------------------+
| search criteria block
+-------------------------------------------+
| result table
|
|
+-------------------------------------------+

For example, if my table is a quite big, I would like to restrict the items in this table. And as for me it will be very convenient to make this at the beginning of the frame.

Thanks for your advice!
Lena
[ February 07, 2005: Message edited by: Olena Golub ]
 
Fisher Daniel
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Hi Lena,
I think what you do is better approach.
My some projects (especially web application) look like that.
And to handle a lot of data, you can use 'paging' process.

Correct me if I am wrong.

thanks
daniel
 
Frans Janssen
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Hi Olena,

I don't exactly follow your statements about restricting data in the table, but the layout you draw seems fine to me.

I have always learned that the flow of the user through the screen should be from top to bottom (or otherwise left to right in most cultures).

Since the user most likely will perform the following sequence:
- search for records
- select one specific record from the search results
- book this record

I think the best solution is to put the search-related controls on top, then below that the table with the results and below the table the control(s) for booking the record.

Frans.
 
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