Variant Drawer - Fluid Topics - 3.6 - Technical Notes

Empower Metadata with Fluid Topics

Product
Fluid Topics
Fluid Topics Version
3.6
Category
Technical Notes
Language
English
Target Audience
public

When content cannot be distinguished by the values of a single metadata key or by the title of a document, Fluid Topics displays clustered results in a variant drawer.

Example

The following example shows the Time Machine User Guide, for which four variants exist.

Document title

Status

Audience

Version

Introduction to Time Machines

Market-ready

Novice

1.0

Introduction to Time Machines

Market-ready

Expert

1.0

Introduction to Time Machines

Market-ready

Novice

2.0

Introduction to Time Machines

Market-ready

Expert

2.0

Since the Audience and Version metadata keys both have two possible values, neither can be used to distinguish variants. This is why Fluid Topics makes multiple facets available in a drawer that let users refine their search.

The Choose among x variants button appears in the Search page as follows:

Variant

The tags that appear under the title of the document provide an at-a-glance view of the document's metadata. Tags with dotted circles indicate that other values are available for this metadata key. In the example above, the Novice tag has a dotted circle because the Expert value is also available.

Selecting the Choose among x variants button opens the variant drawer as follows:

When clicking the Choose among x variants button, the variant drawer is displayed:

Where:

  1. A list of all the variants of the book, article or topic matching the query.
  2. The metadata keys and associated values shared by all the variants of the book, article or topic matching the query.
  3. Filters to select metadata values that dynamically refine the results listed on the right.