Manage Metadata Fields with a Large Number of Options

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19 Nov, 2010 02:39 PM

Wonder what tricks do people use when presenting metadata fields with a large number of options to editors in Cascade. We will need to present 3-5 of such metadata fields, each has between 10-20 options, and the fields should allow multi-select. I don't think drop-down will work here - does dropdown support multi-select in Cascade? Even if it does, the editors still can't see easily what gets selected after making their choices - not so user-friendly. Using checkbox will require displaying all options for all such fields, which could be overwhelming for the editors to see 50+ checkbox fields on the metadata page. Any other, better ideas? Much appreciated!

  1. 1 Posted by Timothy Gilman on 09 Dec, 2010 11:08 PM

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    We have the same issue in places, and agree that there aren't any great options. As you said, checkboxes are overwhelming and confusing once there are more than one or two lines of options. In those cases we do like the multi-select the best, although as you say, there are weaknesses with that as well.

    You can put the multiple="true" attribute on the dropdown config in metadata to turn it into a multi-select:

    <dropdown multiple="true"> <item>Arts</item> <item>Athletics</item> <item>Events</item> <item>Music</item> <item>News</item> </dropdown>

  2. 2 Posted by Charlie Holder on 16 Dec, 2010 02:51 PM

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    Depending on what you are using the Metadata field for, it may be possible to use a multi-selector from a Data Definition. You can see all of the available options at once (imagine an expanded drop-down menu) as well as select multiple items while viewing what items have already been selected.

  3. Ross closed this discussion on 04 Mar, 2011 09:17 PM.

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