Inline Edit: changing focus cancels edit?

Daphne Ogle daphne at
Wed Jun 25 17:05:04 UTC 2008

Hi there,

Enter and clicking (or tabbing) outside the field should all save the  
changes made.  There isn't a cancel in this interaction.  That is a  
driving force for the one-time-undo that appears after a change has  
been made.

We are also playing around with a configuration (or possibly sister  
component) that uses explicit save and cancel buttons.   We thought  
they were necessary in some cases (where we want users to think twice  
before changing information -- like in the gradebook or if they've put  
a lot of cognitive work into writing) but after the design review we  
are questioning the need since we allow them to do the one time  
undo.    You can see where we are thinking about it at: 
in the 2nd scenario.  I'll be reworking the storyboard with no  
explicit buttons and an undo to see how it works out.

Probably more information than you wanted :).  The quick answer is to  
look for that storycard in the next week or so.


On Jun 25, 2008, at 9:07 AM, Michelle D'Souza wrote:

> To add to the question, when should a 'cancel' happen and when  
> should a 'save' happen.
> On 25-Jun-08, at 11:40 AM, Anastasia Cheetham wrote:
>> Hi, Allison and Daphne,
>> I wanted to double-check one of the interactions on the inline  
>> editor,
>> to make sure we've got it right.
>> The current interaction in question is this:
>>   The only way to save an edit is to press Enter.
>> i.e. if you're editing a field and you move focus away from the field
>> by pressing Tab of clicking on something else, any changes to the
>> field are lost.
>> You can experiment with this on
>> or
>> So the question is: Is it correct that tabbing away or clicking
>> elsewhere causes changes to be lost?
>> Thanks!
>> -- 
>> Anastasia Cheetham                   a.cheetham at
>> Software Designer, Fluid Project
>> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre / University of Toronto
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> Michelle D'Souza
> Software Developer, Fluid Project
> Adaptive Technology Resource Centre
> University of Toronto

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