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Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Advanced Search UI V2

Here is the second version trying to take into account the suggestions given.

This UI would remember whatever is expanded and collapsed based on the user's cookies.

Another option that isn't displayed here is the column layout would change from 3 to X based on how wide the screen is (aka elastic).

I tried to increase the information density as well.

For saved/editable searches we might try to use the text description from the search UI.

Looking forward to hearing your feedback about the changes and improvements.


  1. What's Include Resolved?

    I preferred the first version of the UI, as far as where the expand/collapse links are. Having them all at the bottom is weird, and now there's no space between the sections, which is confusing and doesn't improve the UI much over what we have now.

    Once we switch to QuickSearch we can eliminate the type selector from the Summary box, which should help.

    The "only include bugs numbered" and "votes" boxes should probably be somewhere else.


  2. Kim Ludvigsen2/27/2010 7:47 PM

    "Another option that isn't displayed here is the column layout would change from 3 to X based on how wide the screen is"

    Should be depending of the available space in the window, not how wide the screen is.

  3. James Napolitano2/28/2010 8:38 AM

    I posted an idea for the advanced search UI a while ago, but never got any reply. It may or may not be useful or practical to implement:


  4. @kim you are 100% correct. I mistyped i meant window not screen.

    @james That IS a UI we want to do. However in order to do that UI we need to get our web services more complete or put a LOT more info onto the page. I think there might even be a bug to describe the idea that you are talking about in that comment.

    This mock is less adventurous than the UI you described but don't worry that is a direction we want to go in.

  5. James Napolitano2/28/2010 2:12 PM

    Neat, I look forward to seeing what you come up with.

  6. Would be useful put a [?] next to every search label (Classification, Product, Status, etc..) that shows a tooltip (onmouseover) with extra information about the label meaning?

  7. @RNiK, great idea! There is another bug to fix the UI so that the search page doesn't have to reload to get the help but maybe the question mark can be a part of that.