Browse Pattern Set Version 2.0.0.0Print this Page
 
 
Description
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When browsing, a user drills down through a hierarchy of categories in order to find an item. A category is a collection of related objects sharing common attributes. An item is the last level of a category and the target of the browsing action. An item also has no child nodes.

Browsing is preceded by the Categorized Content design pattern.

 
Patterns Contained in This Set
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Categories/Items Browsing through categories with their respective items listed
Categories/Items As Table Browsing through categories with their respective items listed in the form of a table
Categories As an Accordion Browsing through categories presented in an accordion pane with their respective items listed in the adjacent content area

Figure 1. Comparison of Hierarchies pattern set to Browse pattern set
 
Pattern Set Decision Table
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Categories/ Items
Categories/Items
As Table
Categories As
an Accordion
How many levels of hierarchy for categories exist? 3 2 3
What is the maximum number of levels that appear in one view? 3 3 3
Is a description required for categories? Yes Yes No
Do items appear in the first level? Yes Yes Yes
What is the maximum number of categories allowed to appear in one view? 1-2 1-2 3-4
Can you select and act on multiple items? No Yes No
 
Related Patterns
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Categorized Content Categories nested in a hierarchy
 
Related Guidelines
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Tables Overview The principal method for displaying and interacting with data
Headers Guidelines relating to the use of page headers (as well as subheaders and sub-subheaders)
 
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