They are all wrong!
The correct place to put the QlikView list box is on the right-hand side of the screen.
In CapricornVentis, we have been doing this now for several years. When delivering designer training courses, we tell all the delegates that this is the correct side of the screen to place list boxes. We have several customers who have adopted this as their corporate standards because they believe that we are correct. We are.
Why are we correct? There are two simple reasons - one of which is "design 101", the other is more subtle.
First, we should note that while list boxes are the primary "Qlik" object, they are not the primary information delivery object. That role goes to charts. List boxes are secondary.
The "101" reason is a basic tenet of screen design. The top left-hand side of the screen is the primary piece of real-estate. This is where the eye immediately heads when you open a page. Therefore you need to put your primary information display element - charts - starting in the upper-left corner. Not list boxes, and especially not logos!
The subtle reason goes with the use of a right-handed mouse (the majority of users). In a very subtle way, right-hand list boxes suit their eye and their use of the mouse. They do not have to "cross over" the data with the mouse pointer.
This point is so subtle that it wouldn't, in itself, be strong enough to back up my argument. However, the advent of mobile technology - especially tablets - adds some more backbone to this argument. The reason being that the user is not just pushing the mouse across the data, they are using their whole hand - which blocks the data!
Look at this image:
Here, the iPad user is about to make a selection on a list box. But note! His hand is covering the data. To see the change that has happened after he has made the selection, he needs to move his hand out of the way. To make another selection, he needs to move his hand back in. Back-and-forth, back-and-forth.
Consider now this image:
The user, while comfortably resting his hand on the edge of his tablet, it able to make multiple selections with ease. The data changes before his eyes.
List boxes should go on the right-hand side.
Stephen Redmond is CTO of CapricornVentis a QlikView Elite Partner. We are always looking for the right people to join our team.
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