Workspaces is a renamed pattern UI pattern from patterns "scrollable lists". I don't think the pattern only applies to lists hence the new name.
Workspaces is a horizontally scrolling composite component that consists of tabs and data container, often a list. This component provides easy navigation between a lot of data that is hierarchically on the same level.
Displaying a lot of data and user navigation between the data is not simple on a small smart phone screen.
Workspaces allows easy navigation between multiple composites of data. Navigation between the data sets is done either horizontal swiping to move between adjacent categories or if tabs are available by taping on the tabs. If all the tabs do not fit on screen the tab bar should be separately scrollable to allow users to browse all available categories of data.
- Easy navigation between a lot of data.
- Clear indication of available data categories.
Workspace examplesGoogle docs
Another useful project is android-viewflow. See the project github for more screenshots and code.
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