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

Harriet Truscott harriet at caret.cam.ac.uk
Mon Mar 31 09:46:39 UTC 2008


Hi Colin

Thanks! Yep, it should be multiple selections so check boxes not radio
buttons. Gonzalo just knocked it up very quickly to see how easy it was to
do. 

The problem is that yes, the forms are user authored - so I can't see all
that much we can do about organising them more without potentially annoying
people more (e..g 'you put a space between option 5 and option 6, and I
wanted it between option 6 and option 7'). 

But it sounds like there isn't an accessiblity issue to rule it out. 

Harriet 


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Colin Clark [mailto:colin.clark at utoronto.ca] 
> Sent: 31 March 2008 01:44
> To: Harriet Truscott
> Cc: fluid-work at fluidproject.org
> Subject: Re: (EVALSYS-426) UI Improvement - improve 
> 'vertical' display for large numbers of multiple choice options
> 
> 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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