Well, the challenge in creating such an interface, that could be added in any page, is how to keep the dynamic elements from creating a lot of confusion. What would happen if you had more than one such form on a page, or the form was in the middle of a lot of text on both sides? It seems like the interface could easily devolve into chaos.

What is it about 'Browse data' that's not optimal? Is it that it doesn't present enough choices, or that it shows too much unnecessary information to users? Or that it doesn't allow enough control over the wording of the interface?

To use the example provided, what if 'Browse data' let you specify, through the query string, that it would only show results of category 'Rulers', not displaying the list of categories on the side, and only use the filters 'Country', 'Start year' and 'End year', with some ability to arbitarily set the year values? That way you could link to that specific URL for a "rulers" search.

-Yaron


On Feb 8, 2008 1:39 PM, <zehetner@molgen.mpg.de> wrote:
It would be cool to have such a value input option in Semantic Drilldown, but
there would still be a place for a very general way to add something like that
example

* Search by date
 Show rulers in country [_choose_] ruling between [_____] and [_____]  [SEARCH]

in normal wiki pages besides 'Browse data'.

If there is a very large set of discrete values for a text field I can see that
it might be convinient to shrink the selectable set of values by using
auto-completion to filter the set values by the text a user types in.
But that certainly would be a kind of luxury.

Gu


Quoting Yaron Koren <yaron57@gmail.com>:

> Sergey, was that a hint to anyone in particular? :)
>
> It actually seems to me that Semantic Drilldown would be the most logical
> place for such functionality. I would think that only numerical and date
> fields would need this kind of arbitrary user input: after all, regular text
> fields have a discrete set of values they can take (Bernhard, that's why I
> didn't understand your auto-completion comment). If that's the case, then
> the only thing that's missing from Semantic Drilldown to handle this kind of
> query is some new filter type that lets the user set a low and high value
> for that filter. How does that sound?
>
> -Yaron
>
>
> On Feb 8, 2008 11:38 AM, Sergey Chernyshev <
> semediawiki-user@antispam.sergeychernyshev.com> wrote:
>
> > Sounds very similar to what Semantic Forms do (hint, hint) ;))))
> >
> >         Sergey
> >
> >
> > On Feb 8, 2008 11:09 AM, Krabina Bernhard <krabina@kdz.or.at> wrote:
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> > >  an excellent idea! I hope some php coders will think so, too
> > >
> > > :-)
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> > > It would be cool hat have auto-completion in the fields with the values
> > > of the attributes...
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