Better tabs in the OPAC

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The search options (basic, advanced, numeric, etc.) should be presented in a single line of tabs that follow normal user interfaces practices (i.e., the same tabs would show on every search page, in the same place each time, with the selected tab highlighted).

 

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Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Moderator

This is perfect! We were literally talking about this very thing yesterday afternoon at a network meeting and saying that one of us should do a mockup of what we were talking about. Thanks for saving us the trouble! I agree that this would be a much more logical and streamlined way to present different search types, and it allows for expandability (or not) because some installations might want to use tabs for specialized searches like advanced Boolean, index browse, numerical, etc., and others might not need those and could suppress them. But the general layout would be consistent for everyone.

 

Jeff 

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

This is excellent.  Exactly what is needed.  It makes no sense to have a separate basic search screen.  This presents all the options to users in an intergrated interface.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

I'm wondering --- when navigating back from search results to refine the search, if you started in basic search, will it reopen basic search, or will it carry your search terms to advanced search as it does now?  I think it's fine if it opens advanced search, because it's more apparent to the user with this interface what has transpired.  Currently, the search terms appear on a screen that the user may have never seen before.  I have always thought that might be a little jarring to users.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

This looks great, just what we need.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

I think the best experience would be for it to always return you to the screen on which you originally composed your search, but to let you change from basic to advanced without having to reenter your search terms. I wasn't proposing that however, as it seems a little ambitious and I think it is more important that we get the tabbed interface right first.

If a developer felt that doing both at once would be a quick an easy project, however, I certainly wouldn't say no!

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Love it this would be a much better approach!

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Sorry duplicate post.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Actually it might take less programming to return the user to the advanced search screen tab because that is what the software currently does ---- including when you start in the numeric or expert search tabs, as well as the basic search screen.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Moderator

At the same time tabbed searches are created, I think it would be important to address what happens on the search results page after using each of these search types: do we carry along a search box in the header on the search results screen and what type of search does that search launch? What is the best way to refine a search or launch a new search?

Also, I would like there to be three options for each tab: display everywhere, display only with a staff login (do patrons really want to see a MARC expert search?), and don't display at all.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Yes, tabs should be easily hidden, and shouldn't have to be the same for staff and patrons!

As for what happens when you submit a search, I say a text version of your query should always appear in the search box, but it is essential that resubmitting that query actually results in the same search. There are too many places now where your search query ends up in a form that won't duplicate the search.

Re: Better tabs in the OPAC

Moderator

NOBLE currently implements something similar to this, and C/W MARS will be implementing it as well. See http://evergreen.noblenet.org/eg/opac/home. If this idea receives widespread support beyond the Massachusetts folks, we could look into contributing this code to core Evergreen.