Designers: Re: Inline Edit - clearing the field

Daphne Ogle daphne at
Mon Jun 23 17:37:10 UTC 2008

Hi there,

We are still working out the right behavior here.  This is related to  
the storyboard where there is no value in an editable field when the  
user arrives on a page:

You'll see that even though the group field is empty the inline edit  
discovery interaction of highlight and hover message apply.  For now,  
the interaction you describe should probably work the same way.  One  
of the challenges here is the varying contexts.  Sometimes it is  
really important for an empty field to be empty (in a particularly  
busy interface for instance or when there are lots of empty values so  
textually describing the emptiness is huge clutter and noise).  Other  
times it might not be bad to have a textual indication that the field  
is empty.  In Friday's design review we decided this was likely  
something controlled by the integrating app.  Does that make sense?

Any ideas about how to better handle these empty values for inline  
edit would be greatly appreciated.

btw -- I'll also add this to the jira ticket.


On Jun 23, 2008, at 8:47 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:

> Daphne and Allison, when you have a minute or two, could you have a  
> look at this?
> Currently, the functioning of the editor is technically correct, but  
> the UX might not be very good. If you could have a look and let us  
> know if what's there is acceptable or not, and if not, how we might  
> improve it, that would be great!
> Thanks!
> On 17-Jun-08, at 10:20 AM, Michelle D'Souza wrote:
>> Hi Daphne and Allison,
>> I'm working on the Inline Edit component right now and I have a
>> behaviour question. What should happen when a user clicks on an  
>> Inline
>> Edit field, clears the field and presses 'enter'? Currently, the  
>> field
>> is saved with an empty value so the Inline Edit seems to disappear
>> from the page. I've filed this in JIRA:
>> We have an example of editing announcement subjects with the Inline
>> Edit component here:
>> Thanks,
>> Michelle
> -- 
> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
> Software Designer, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto

Daphne Ogle
Senior Interaction Designer
University of California, Berkeley
Educational Technology Services
daphne at
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