I have received a few emails from QlikView developers asking what the best practice is for placing list boxes. There are two arguments that you may think of right away.
In information design, left-side, top-left to be precise, is always used for the most important information. It is because as a human-nature that’s the space people pay attention to first. So why should I waste the space for placing the navigation pane there? I should place it on the right.
Another argument is that people are used to use left navigation because most of the web sites have menus on the left. Think about a shopping web site. All departments, categories, genders, sizes… whatever you think of usually on the left hand side. So why should I go against human’s habit and place it on the right-side? People will get confused.
I can buy both arguments. But then how about placing it at the top? I have seen QlikView applications that have navigation pane at the top. Is this the best of all?
In this technical brief, I have illustrated top, left and top pane scenarios in QlikView usability perspective. You will also see a trick to how to place many list boxes on a sheet for easy navigation.