Re: Check box or toggle switch?

Subject: Re: Check box or toggle switch?
From: Nina Rogers <janina -dot- rogers -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 06:56:50 -0500

Wow, thanks for all the responses!

Just to make it clear - I'm not asking how to tell the user to answer a
check box/toggle switch question. My audience is the product's system
admins, who will be writing their own questions. I need to tell the admins
something to the effect of, "You can create five different types of
questions," where one of them is what used to be called "check box." (We
designate question types by the format of answer they have; for comparison,
"dropdown" is another type.) So I'm trying to figure out a short,
descriptive new name for the "check box" option. I'm leaning toward
"Multiple Answers" to emphasize the end-user experience rather than the
functionality used to get there. That way, if this changes again up the
road, I don't have to change the documentation.

Of course, this means the Dev Team is going to have to change all of
*their* references in the UI from "check box" to something else. They are
going to LOVE me ... :)

Thanks again!

Nina


On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 5:17 PM, Emoto <emoto1 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> Another upside to the approach John offers below is that if this thing is
> ever pushed into different technology that affects some detail of the
> controls, you won't have to go through it and "fix" everything.
>
> On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 5:13 PM, John Posada <jposada99 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> > or just use nomenclature that concentrates what do do rather than what
> the
> > widget is. Regardless of what it is, you are doing the same
> > thing...selecting a choice, whether it is Apple, MS, or Android.
> >
> > Now, if you are writing developer specs, you need to be specific so the
> > developer knows what code to plug in. But a user? They don't care.
> >
> > On Thu, Dec 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:
> >
> > > What you have shown is a toggle switch and not a toggle button.
> > >
> > > Here is what Android calls toggle buttons and toggle switches.
> > > https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/ui/controls/
> togglebutton.html
> > >
> > > Microsoft guidelines are here.
> > > https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/uwp/controls-and-
> > patterns/toggles
> > >
> > > You should nomenclature that fits with your environment. If your users
> > use
> > > Apple products, then use Apple terms. Use Microsoft terms for a
> Microsoft
> > > environment and Android for Android.
> > >
> > >
> > > On 12/1/2016 7:35 AM, Nina Rogers wrote:
> > >
> > >> So my question here is, what term should be used to replace "check box
> > >> option"? Would it be "toggle switch option"? "Toggle key option"? Or
> > maybe
> > >> something that doesn't refer to the image but instead the type of
> > >> answer--"multiple-answer option," or something like that. Suggestions?
> > >> (Other than asking Dev to change the toggle keys back to check boxes!)
> > >>
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Check box or toggle switch?: From: Nina Rogers
Re: Check box or toggle switch?: From: Lauren
Re: Check box or toggle switch?: From: John Posada
Re: Check box or toggle switch?: From: Emoto

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