Inline Edit: Single line/multi-line?
eli at media.berkeley.edu
Thu Jul 10 22:26:31 UTC 2008
Different contexts have different requirements and the inline editor
should be configurable to handle those different requirements. Some
fields may disallow certain characters or be limited to X number of
characters, be limited to a single line or allow for expansion.
There is also an important "design" issue in how you present an inline
edit. The size of the input indicates the "expectation" of the
application. I'll put it another way, in good form design the designer
sizes the field so that the user knows what is expected or allowed.
If multiple lines are acceptable or expected then multiple lines
should be presented from the start. If not, then not.
Which brings up an interesting question. In the single line instance,
what is more jarring or difficult for the user to deal with: when
pasting multiple lines to only accept the first line of text, or to
accept all the text but remove the carriage returns. (I thought that
Google maps used to do that latter but when I just looked, I saw the
former.) I don't know the answer.
On Jul 10, 2008, at 4:59 PM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
> Hey, folks,
> The Inline Edit functional requirements distinguish between editing
> simple text and editing large amounts of text. Technically we've been
> interpreting this distinction to be single-line vs. multi-line. So
> far, we've only implemented single-line editing.
> Is this a reasonable interpretation? Or should the notion of 'simple
> text' include support for multiple lines of text? If someone pastes
> text that includes a carriage return into a simple inline edit, should
> it resize to be multiple lines?
> 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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