We would like to provide our end users with a mechanism that allows them to navigate through the various levels of a composite list to “drill into” the data they need to analyse.
For example, we’d like our users to first select a country, and then select a region from a list of regions that belong to the selected country. This could then be repeated by selecting a retailer within the region and then a product category stocked by that retailer.
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It is important that a user can navigate flexibly through this hierarchy, especially when changing a selection such as reviewing a retailer in one region and then changing to another region where a new collection of retailers are available.
We’d also like to ensure that only the relevant levels of the list are provided to the user and may want to choose to allow them to navigate between levels 2 and 5 of an 8 level hierarchy.
In classic we would publish a series of grids to a dashboard (that have no content visible other than row labels) and each would be dimensioned by a different level within our overall list. Using sync we would allow for selection of a country in the first grid, region in the second, retailers in the third and finally product categories in the fourth - the dashboard would then update based on this selection.
There are also other more elaborated technical solutions to achieve this which require more complex technical developments and that could have performance issues.
I think the user experience could be improved significantly if there was an out of the box object in the New UX that we could use and customise for this purpose.
Also, it would be very helpful if there was an option to select multiple specific list items under a specific parent (but not necessarily all). I would suggest to find inspiration through one of the leading visualization products such as Qlik. Here is an example.
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