Record Navigation Pattern Set Version 2.0.0.0Print this Page
 
 
Description
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The Record Navigation pattern set contains the different options for navigating record sets and the reasons why each is appropriate in certain situations.  

 
Patterns Contained in This Set
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Drill-Down Details

Enables the user to drill into the details of a particular record in order to view or update the full details for that object in a new page
Dialog Box Details Enables the user with a repetitive task to navigate from one set of object details to another without having to edit each record individually
Page Details Enables the user with a repetitive task to navigate from one detail page to another without having to return to the main object list or table
Master Detail Enables the user to quickly navigate through records using a master (table, tree table, tree) where the corresponding details are refreshed in the area below
 
Pattern Set Decision Table
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Drill-Down Details
Dialog Box Details
Page Details
Master Detail

Is there a lot of object information that needs to be viewed or updated?

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Does the user need the context of other records while viewing the details of a specific record?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Is there a need to quickly scan through records?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Is there a need to compare certain attributes of these records against each other?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Is the user working on very large objects, spending considerable time focusing on only those details?

Yes

No

No

Maybe

Is the user working through a list of objects quickly?

No

Yes

No

Yes

Is there a need to update or take action on multiple objects as a group?

No

Maybe

Maybe

Yes

 
Related Patterns
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Hierarchies This navigation option is used to present detail information in a hierarchy with the ability to expand and collapse branches while presenting multiple dimensions of data in columns.
 
Related Guidelines
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Buttons

Guidelines for buttons in toolbars

Form Layout

Guidelines for form layout

Headers

Guidelines for headers and subheaders

Menus

Guidelines for the menu component

Page Actions Guidelines for page-level actions

Secondary Windows

Guidelines for secondary windows and dialog boxes

Tables

Guidelines for the table component

Toolbars

Guidelines for the toolbar component

 
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