Tree View


Definition: A tree view or an outline view is a graphical user interface approach that presents a hierarchical view of entries from a database. Each item (referred to as a branch or node) can have a number of subitems that may be displayed as indentations in a list.

What this means: A long list of items may be initially presented to the user as a higher level short list that may be expanded under a single item to reveal only that item’s subitems,  If the list is expanded for an item, the subitems may be hidden/collapsed.  This expanding and collapsing gives the user control over how much detail in long lists is displayed at one time and makes very lengthy lists more manageable.


Need another definition?

Please select from the menu above