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Making the Web Work: Designing Effective Web Applications by Bob Baxley

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Viewing Lists of Data

In applications that contain a lot of user-created data—portfolio trackers, contact managers, and email, for example—a number of operations are typically available for altering the presentation of the data. Changing the sort order and changing the group of objects being viewed are two examples. This following sections examine the most common of these interaction conventions, including examples of their use and their relative advantages and disadvantages.

Changing Column Sets

If the objects being presented are composed of many different fields, it’s common to include a way for users to manipulate which fields are displayed. With stock portfolio trackers, for example, there are literally dozens of different fields for ...

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