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April 30, 2009

Article on dos and don’ts faceted search

Filed under: Usability — Tags: , — frederique @ 23:51

I’ve just read this interesting article about faceted search: Faceted search or guided navigation allows you to search by different types of metadata (called facets). You can drill down via these dimensions: narrow down your search result by selecting the value you prefer in the choice lists associated with these facets. Or search for related items, which share facets.

Personally, I use the faceted search feature in an online bookstore I visit: I browse the collection by selecting a category, a genre, a price range, a language, or whichever suits my needs at that moment.

Stephanie Lemieux lists in her article a set of dos and don’ts that have emerged as best practices for designing faceted search.

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