Best way to present sub-options

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  1. mbroglio

    mbroglio New Member

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    I have a site I am trying to develop and am having trouble determining the best presentation for this situation.
    There are a number of items I want to show, each with several, and the same, options:

    Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    Item 1 x x x
    Item 2 x x x
    Item 3 x x x
    Item 4 x x x

    This layout would work fine, expect that for each item there are additional options available. I don't have enough width to show them all as above.
    One solution is to put a labelled row in each item's row, but the presentation is not ideal:

    Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    Item 1 x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 2 x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 3 x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 4 x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Nor is repeating the original option labels:
    Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    Item 1 x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 2 Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 3 Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Item 4 Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
    x x x
    Option A Option B Option C
    x x x

    Any advice or examples would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2011
  2. Phreaddee

    Phreaddee Super Moderator Staff Member

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    what are you on about?

    abc 123 item1, item2, item3, item4 xxx

    awesome.

    is this a menu, a product or services list, a simple table of data?

    what you've written is just gibberish, sorry i can't help you.
     
  3. mbroglio

    mbroglio New Member

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    Here is an example of what we have now. The problem is that for each item the same column headers are repeated, where typically you would want one column header and just the selection made on each row/item.
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  4. computerGeek

    computerGeek Banned

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    sorry.. .but i dont get it either.. .
     
  5. mbroglio

    mbroglio New Member

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    In the example shown there are two rows of options (type, material, etc) for each item (1,2,7).
    If there was only one row of options then you would simply have the first row of the table list all of the options names, and then the option function in each row with an item. With two rows of options for each item I have to label all of the options in each item's row.
    I am looking for a better design solution.
     

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