Browse Menu

Last Updated 09.28.03

General Description

The Browse Menu is used in BLAF applications to browse through a hierarchy of information. It is commonly used for a catalog of items. The user can drill down through categories to find the item he/she is looking for.

Note: The browse menu has many similaries with the tab/navigation element known as the Task/Property Menu.

Guideline Attributes

Spec Version # - 3.1
Spec Contributors - Betsy Nute, Katie Candland
UI Models - all models
Example Products - all products
Related Guidelines - Task/Property Menu of Tab/Navigation Guideline, Browse Flow, Browse Templates, HGrid, Tree, Intraapplication Navigation, Home Page Template, Language: Page Titles and Breadcrumbs

Interaction and Usage Specifications

General Browse Menu Specifications

Browse Menu Interactions - A browse menu is a list of categories displayed in the content area. It can be used at almost all levels of navigation. This type of menu allows for highly scalable number of categories to be displayed at one time. The levels of information is based on hierarchical information similar to a tree or HGrid.

Visual Specifications

Browse Menu

NOTE: More explicit terms than "Category" can be used in the designs. See Visual Notes below for details on names for these groupings
Browse Menu with Callouts

Browse Menu - Flat List of Categories of a Catalog

Browse Menu - Categories and Items as List

Browse Menu - Categories and Items in Table

Shortened Browse Menu on Home Page
NOTE: This should is only a chosen subset list of categories from the browser. This is not automatically rendered.

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