Single Task Pattern Set Version 2.0.0.0Print this Page
Guided Processes Pattern Group
 
Description
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A train walks a single user through a number of steps to complete a single task during a single session. Train stops are presented horizontally across the top of the page, or are navigated through by using page-level buttons.

 
Pattern Set Decision Table
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Activity Guide Patterns
Checklist Pattern
Single Task Pattern Set
 
Length of time to complete tasks Hours to days multiple sessions

Hours to days
to single session

Single session

Number of tasks

Ten or more in distinct groupings

Ten or more
hierarchical groupings

Single task

Number of user roles engaged in task completion

More than one role

Single role or
multiple roles

Single role

Task organization and structure

Milestones and submilestones
grouped into trains
and checklists

List of items or
nesting of lists

All related steps

Role collaboration

Multiple Roles

Single role
or multiple roles

None

Are tasks nested?

Two-level nesting milestones,
submilestones contain trains
and checklists

Multiple levels of
checklists supported

No

Are the task steps completed by a single user ?

Not always

Not always

Yes


 
Sequential Horizontal Train
Nonsequential Horizontal Train
Two-step
Guided Process
Branching
before Train
Subprocess
Train

Flow through pages?

Sequential, rigid step-by-step

Nonsequential, suggested flow

Sequential from
first page to
second page

NA (Branch happens before
train is rendered.)

Can be either sequential/
rigid or
nonsequential/
suggested

Recommended number of train stops?

3-7*

3-7*

NA

NA

3-7*

Form density/amount of fields?

Medium

Medium

Medium

NA

Medium

Allows multi-user access for updating and viewing status?

No

No

No

No

No

* The number of train stops that fit on a page will vary depending on the length of the text labels. Overflow may be necessary for trains that exceed the available page width. Overflow is not recommended for novice users.

 
Related Patterns
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Information Entry Forms Used in page layouts to help the user provide preformatted information, usually short (nonnarrative) answers to questions.
 
Related Guidelines
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Form Layout Usage guideline for construction of forms
Header Usage guideline for page headers, subheaders, and header syntax
Page Actions Guidelines for page-level buttons
Save Model Guideline Guideline for the Fusion save model
Train Usage Guideline for the train component
 
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