What role and interaction for Code/Plain in demo portal?

James William Yoon jyoon at ocad.ca
Fri Oct 22 14:35:33 UTC 2010


This is a tricky question. I don't think it really fits well under a
particular interaction pattern. Justin's right--it has hints of everything
you mentioned, Anastasia, and a bit of redesign could tighten things up.

The one thing I'd note is that this seems like a user display preference
(read: ui options). In other words, does the user want syntax highlighting,
line wrapping? Maybe we could move away from choosing between views, and
instead introduce options such as "Show syntax highlighting", and "Line
wrap".

Cheers,
James

On Fri, Oct 22, 2010 at 8:37 AM, Justin Obara <obara.justin at gmail.com>wrote:

> In their current implementation they seem to be links that activate
> something, but definitely feel as though they have hints of being radio
> buttons, toggle buttons, or tabs. I think a slight redesign may clarify
> their intention. For example if it is a toggle button, we might have an
> actual button that sets the view of the code and places a title at the top
> of the tab panel that says either "Code View" or "Plain Text". Also, I
> believe toggle buttons are just elements with the button role and the
> aria-pressed state set. Here's an example:
>
> http://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/misc/ARIA/togglebutton.html
>
> Hope that helps
> Justin
>
> On 2010-10-21, at 2:50 PM, Cheetham, Anastasia wrote:
>
> >
> > I'm working on FLUID-3728, which aims to improve the accessibility of the
> demo portal through proper ARIA, etc. I'm struggling with the current
> affordance for switching between the colourized code view and the plain text
> view on the right side of the pages. I'm hoping the community can help me
> with some input.
> >
> > As an example, you can look at
> >
> http://build.fluidproject.org/infusion/demos/reorderer/gridReorderer/demo.html
> >
> > (Note: The portal on this nightly build has not yet been modified with
> any improvements, so current ARIA and keyboard interactions are not yet
> "right.")
> >
> > On the right side of the page are some tabs, one for each of the files
> used in the demo (html, css, js). Below the tabs (visually "inside" the tab)
> are two pieces of text: "Code View" and "Plain Text." Clicking on either of
> these pieces of text with the mouse will switch the display below it between
> the colourized version and the plain text version.
> >
> > I'm trying to figure out what would be the proper ARIA role and keyboard
> interaction for these two options. Are they radio buttons? A toggle button?
> (Does ARIA even have a specific role for toggle buttons?) Are they tabs
> (within a tab)? just plain links that activate something?
> >
> > Any thoughts would be appreciated.
> >
> > --
> > Anastasia Cheetham     Inclusive Design Research Centre
> > acheetham at ocad.ca            Inclusive Design Institute
> >                                        OCAD University
> >
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