slider - how to skip a stop

I'm working on my first real (production) use for a slider... a timeline.  Should be simple.  I want to highlight the years 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2018.

At first, I wanted to make the slider really smooth (and not jump hop to hop), so I put the End count at 100 and had it step every .10.  That worked ok.

Then, someone here wanted it to hop between years, so I set it to End at 8 and step 1. The problem with that is it has a stop at 2013 and 2016.  I don't want it to stop there.  However, I want to keep the spacing as I have it.

Ideas on how to not have it stop at 2013 and 2016?  I already have it displaying what I want at those stops (2012 and 2015 layers), but I want to not have a stop there at all, since that would mean irregular spacing?


SIDEBAR: Take a look at how I did the triggers with "between two numbers". Is that the best way to do that? I ask because that option is only available as a secondary condition... I so created one condition (like greater than 1), clicked to add another condition, then selected "between 1 and 3", and then I deleted the original "greater than 1 condition". That seemed weird "between two numbers" is only available as a second condition.

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Michael Hinze

Technically, 'skipping a stop' can be done, but I wonder if it would provide a good user experience. You could make the slider 'skip' a stop but the mouse pointer would still sit, on let's say stop 2, while the slider thumb jumps away from underneath the mouse pointer to stop 3. I haven't tested it out, but I think it would look 'weird'. 

Heather Beaudoin (Steckley)

I'm not sure I was clear in explaining what I want to do.  In the attached story file, you can see the slider can stop at where 2013 and 2016 would be, if they existed. However, it would be a better user experience that they didn't, the way I currently have it designed. 

I still want to show the spacing of the years as I have it, but not stop where 2013 and 2016 would be.  I added a screenshot of what it looks like so you can see the spacing. The story file was attached above, if that helps clarify the request.

Thanks for any help you can give.  If I can't do this, I have a few other implementation ideas, but I wanted to see if I could make this work first.

Heather Beaudoin (Steckley)

Not sure if you noticed the story file or the image I shared.  I did leave them off the timeline (you don't see the year 2013).  However, I did space out 2012 and 2014 to be twice as far apart as 2014 and 2015.  I just don't want the slider to stop at the empty 2013 slot.