Corrected post: Wizard Navigation to manage a long process -
19 Jun 2007 - 2:55pm
6 years ago
I am building an application that requires the user to go through at least
one very time-consuming step. This step is somewhat akin to building a
complex org chart, and such, the user might want to perform intermediate
saves during it. However, this is only the first of the 4 or 5 steps that
the user must accomplish before the task is complete, and the purpose of
a button that simply reads 'Save' is not as clear as I would like, since I
want to direct the user to the next step of the application when they
complete this piece.
My company wishes to use a wizard to drive the user through the process --
and I think this is a good idea since it is not something most users will do
very often. More likely, they will struggle through it once, refine it, and
not touch it again for another six months, at which time they will need to
be reimmersed in the process. So some good handholding is a requisite.
How have other designers designed navigation buttons when a process included
a difficult and time-consuming step? One solution that seems plausible is to
have both a 'Save' and a 'Next' button, where 'Save' would perform an
intermediate save, while 'Next' would save and move to the next step.
However, since 'Next' doesn't explicitly state a save, a message might be
needed to let the user know for sure that his work has been saved -- and I
want to avoid making the user read more than she needs to.
Another option might be to call the buttons 'Save Only' and 'Save and
Continue'; wordy but more to the point.
As you can see, I am spinning my wheels. Any ideas? While a wizard might not
be the only solution, a lot of handholding will be needed here and it seems
like a good chocie to me.