search, results, refine

20 Jan 2006 - 9:51am
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Chris Rivard
2005

Hello,

Does anyone have examples of a search interface where the user can conduct a
broad search, then continue to refine the search by filtering and sorting,
or modify the search or begin a new search.

I am interested in cases where the date/time ranges are involved.

On a related note - is it good practice to let users conduct a broad search
or limit the initial search and then have the user refine the search using
additional properties?

Do end users understand the concepts of filtering and sorting?
When is the result set too large for the user to make the next choice (in
this context) ?
Do end users use "Advanced Search" options?

Hope this isn't too vague. This is for the travel industry, so:

A. I want to go to location x.
B. I want to leave during this time range.
C. I want to return during this time range.
D. I want to travel by this method.
E. I want to be on travel for this many days.

There is a finite set of options that match these parameters.

Thanks!
Chris

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20 Jan 2006 - 12:42pm
AlokJain
2006

<<On a related note - is it good practice to let users conduct a broad
search
or limit the initial search and then have the user refine the search using
additional properties?>>

Chris,

Forrester.com I think has a good model for starting with broad and filtering
to narrow search results. I wrote a bout his in my blog
http://webxm.blogspot.com/2005/11/loose-advanced-search.html

Hope this helps..

Cheers
Alok Jain

On 1/20/06, Christopher Rivard <clearwired at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> Hello,
>
> Does anyone have examples of a search interface where the user can conduct
> a
> broad search, then continue to refine the search by filtering and sorting,
> or modify the search or begin a new search.
>
> I am interested in cases where the date/time ranges are involved.
>
> On a related note - is it good practice to let users conduct a broad
> search
> or limit the initial search and then have the user refine the search using
> additional properties?
>
> Do end users understand the concepts of filtering and sorting?
> When is the result set too large for the user to make the next choice (in
> this context) ?
> Do end users use "Advanced Search" options?
>
> Hope this isn't too vague. This is for the travel industry, so:
>
> A. I want to go to location x.
> B. I want to leave during this time range.
> C. I want to return during this time range.
> D. I want to travel by this method.
> E. I want to be on travel for this many days.
>
> There is a finite set of options that match these parameters.
>
> Thanks!
> Chris
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