Toggling (on/off) best practices

9 Feb 2009 - 3:04pm
5 years ago
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shannonsorensen
2007

Hey All,

I am looking for advice/examples on how to word/or handle toggling a listener on a document.

I am working on a document management web application and need a mechanism to allow people to be notified when a document has been updated or removed. I have a very limited budget and timeline so I am only going to run a handful of people through a couple ideas.

This is an older application, AJAX is being newly introduced, so I feel like we need to make sure that that is clear that the event has fired and been accepted.

An example of what we are thinking is a checkbox with the label "Notify me of changes ". When clicked, making an ajax call, and when the server responds highlighting the some text next to the checkbox that says something to the effect of "You are now listening".

Shannon

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9 Feb 2009 - 3:57pm
Hugh Griffith
2007

Hi Shannon,

When or how are they being notified? Email? When they log in? When they open
the doc?

Hugh Griffith
User Interface Designer

On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 1:04 PM, Sorensen, Shannon M <
Sorensen.Shannon at con-way.com> wrote:

> Hey All,
>
> I am looking for advice/examples on how to word/or handle toggling a
> listener on a document.
>
> I am working on a document management web application and need a mechanism
> to allow people to be notified when a document has been updated or removed.
> I have a very limited budget and timeline so I am only going to run a
> handful of people through a couple ideas.
>
> This is an older application, AJAX is being newly introduced, so I feel
> like we need to make sure that that is clear that the event has fired and
> been accepted.
>
> An example of what we are thinking is a checkbox with the label "Notify me
> of changes ". When clicked, making an ajax call, and when the server
> responds highlighting the some text next to the checkbox that says something
> to the effect of "You are now listening".
>
>
> Shannon
>
>
>
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9 Feb 2009 - 4:11pm
jason zietz
2007

I think it's important to avoid programmer-ese (listeners, events, et
cetera) and stick with terms/phrases that people understand (e.g.,
"You will be notified of changes"). If there are multiple ways of
being notified (e.g., email, pop-up alert) and/or multiple times when
they can be notified (e.g., on every change, once a day, once a week),
your users should have clear options to adjust these settings as they
see fit.

But if they only have one notification option, I would give them an
area off-page somewhere (e.g., link to portion of FAQ) to read more
about the notification functionality.

> I am looking for advice/examples on how to word/or handle toggling a listener on a document.
>
> An example of what we are thinking is a checkbox with the label "Notify me of changes ". When clicked, making an ajax call, and when the server responds highlighting the some text next to the checkbox that says something to the effect of "You are now listening".
>

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