(EVALSYS-426) UI Improvement - improve 'vertical' display for large numbers of multiple choice options

Sean Keesler smkeesle at syr.edu
Mon Mar 31 01:17:35 UTC 2008


Hey guys.

I understand that long vertical lists are annoying. I guess that implicit in
your new design is the statement: "In order to answer this question, the
user needs to be able to see both the question and the answers in the same
view".

However, if there were lots of questions on a page, I can imagine scrollbars
on the left hand side of the page for navigating between questions and
scrollbars to browse through possible answers to individual questions.

I know our users get a little befuddled when faced with the iframe-based
portal and its multiple scrollbars (1 for the browser and sometimes 1 for
the tool). How do you feel this new set of scrollbars compare to that? Would
these be used in the iframe-based portal (resulting in oodles of scrollbars!
How fun!) or would they be used in a yet-to-be-mainstream iframeless portal?


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On 3/30/08 8:43 PM, "Colin Clark" <colin.clark at utoronto.ca> wrote:

> Hi Harriet,
> 
> At least based on the mockup, I don't see any accessibility issues
> with this approach. You're using standard radio buttons, so they're in
> the tab order and fully navigable with the keyboard.
> 
> One thing I'm a bit confused by: how can you make multiple selections
> if you're using radio buttons? I'm assuming this is for multiple
> choice not multiple selection, right?
> 
>  From a usability perspective, it would be much better to group the
> radio buttons into smaller, more manageable chunks. But I'm assuming
> that you're not able to do that in this case, perhaps because these
> forms will be user-authored?
> 
> Hope this helps,
> 
> Colin
> 
> On 28-Mar-08, at 11:51 AM, Harriet Truscott wrote:
>> Hi Fluid People
>> 
>> How are you all this fine and rainy (at least in Cambridge) spring
>> day?
>> 
>> Gonzalo and I have been musing on the iniquities of the multiple
>> select box,
>> and the possibility of replacing it with a scrollable list of checkbox
>> items. See JIRA item here
>> 
>> http://jira.sakaiproject.org/jira/browse/EVALSYS-426
>> 
>> And mock up here
>> 
>> http://burgoo.ummu.umich.edu:8080//direct/eval-template/3
>> 
>> Are there potential accessibility issues with this? We wouldn't go
>> ahead
>> with it without some user testing to say that this is an ok and
>> recognised
>> concept to our users, but there's no point in user testing if your
>> alarm
>> bells are ringing about accessibility already!
>> 
>> Harriet
>> 
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>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Gonzalo Silverio (JIRA) [mailto:bugs-admin at sakaiproject.org]
>>> Sent: 28 March 2008 15:22
>>> To: harriet at caret.cam.ac.uk
>>> Subject: [Jira] Commented: (EVALSYS-426) UI Improvement -
>>> improve 'vertical' display for large numbers of multiple
>>> choice options
>>> 
>>> 
>>>    [
>>> http://jira.sakaiproject.org/jira/browse/EVALSYS-426?page=com.
>>> atlassian.jira.plugin.system.issuetabpanels:comment-tabpanel#a
>>> ction_62511 ]
>>> 
>>> Gonzalo Silverio commented on EVALSYS-426:
>>> ------------------------------------------
>>> 
>>> The scrollable radio group is very easy to implement - see:
>>> 
>>> http://burgoo.ummu.umich.edu:8080//direct/eval-template/3
>>> 
>>> and we could add behaviours that control the height of the
>>> list given the contents (less than 7, no scroll, height is
>>> the combined height of the items, more than  7 a given height
>>> and a scroll).
>>> 
>>>> UI Improvement - improve  'vertical' display for large numbers of
>>>> multiple choice options
>>>> 
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> -------------------
>>>> 
>>>>                Key: EVALSYS-426
>>>>                URL:
>>> http://jira.sakaiproject.org/jira/browse/EVALSYS-426
>>>>            Project: Contrib: Evaluation System
>>>>         Issue Type: Feature Request
>>>>         Components: User Interface
>>>>   Affects Versions: 1.2 Basic hierarchy
>>>>           Reporter: Harriet Truscott
>>>>           Assignee: Aaron Zeckoski
>>>>            Fix For: 1.4 Post hierarchy
>>>> 
>>>>        Attachments: screenshot-1.jpg
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> When large amounts of options exist for the multiple choice, single
>>>> answer questions, the vertical display is rather long (see
>>> screenshot) I would suggest that if more than 7 options are
>>> given, and 'vertical display' selected, that the tool should
>>> automatically display it as a drop-down list.
>>>> Note that this should not be the case for multiple choice,
>>> multiple answer questions, which should continue to display
>>> as a long vertical line.
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