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Inclusive Design Patterns by Smashing Magazine, Heydon Pickering

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A Filter Widget

In the previous chapter we went commercial and looked at a pattern for displaying products. How we marked up individual product components and how we grouped them together were both pertinent to inclusive design. We even made sure they would be rich with accessible information outside of our own interface, as search engine results.

What we’ve yet to address is providing the tools for users to reorganize and sort lists of content. Filtering tools are important because they offer an additional dimension of control over search, facilitating users’ ability to prioritize the information they’re viewing. Put users in control is the second of Henny Swan’s principles.

1. Give users choice.

2. Put users in control.

3. Design with familiarity ...

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