Modality of Web forms

5 Mar 2004 - 4:39pm
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sandeepblues
2003

I am designing a my.yahoo style solution. I noticed
that Yahoo's edit pages have a Finished button only
and no Cancel button.

I went to Edit->Edit Content for the Headlines panel.
I clicked on Delete All Headline Choices, but did not
press Finished. Then, I clicked on my Home button,
and all my headlines were gone. Isn't that a design
error?

If you want to try a less destructive interaction, add
some headline sections, but don't click Finished.
Click "Home" button on browser (assuming my.yahoo.com
is your home). The new headlines will appear in your
news headlines.

So, I conclude that my.yahoo forms are not "modal".
Any change is applied immediately. Is this the
preferred way to make changes to WebPages?

Here is a more complex context:

Let's say: From the "main page", the user goes to an
edit page for editing some high-level items. From that
edit page, the user clicks to another page to edit
some child low-level items of a high-level item. Now,
when the user presses Finished in the second page,
should those changes apply immediately, or should they
be applied after the user pressed Finished on the
first-level edit page.

Sandeep

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