Inline Edit: empty fields and minimum widths
a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Tue Jul 8 14:15:56 UTC 2008
On 7-Jul-08, at 1:50 PM, Gary Thompson wrote:
> Do we have a context of use where the user is editing "nothing"? It
> seems that all of the comparative analysis and contexts of use in
> the design of inline edit point to having something already existing
> to edit.
> If the condition exists where the user has not yet entered
> information, then it should probably be populated with a default
> message like "Click here to enter description" (from the lightbox
> collection view). This also becomes the cue to the user that they
> can inline edit said information.
> Then the existing information (whether user entered or a default
> message) provides the "width" of the inline edit field.
Gary, thanks for your input.
Filling in an 'empty' field with a default message is going to be the
default behaviour. However, comments last month on the thread "Inline
Edit - clearing the field" indicated that there are *some* situations
in which leaving the field empty is desirable, and that implementors
should have that option.
The problem was that if the field was empty, it collapsed to virtually
0 width, so hovering over didn't result any apparent style changes, so
you couldn't tell it was there.
Anastasia Cheetham a.cheetham at utoronto.ca
Software Designer, Fluid Project http://fluidproject.org
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto
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