Stop Misusing Toggle Switches(uxmovement.com)

4 months ago from anthony thomas, ux designer

  • anthony thomasanthony thomas, 4 months ago

    There are claims: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/toggle-switch-guidelines/

    Toggle switches should take immediate effect and should not require the user to click Save or Submit to apply the new state.

    You should probably study more UX and think deeper about how users interpret and perceive controls differently based on context. Just because two different controls have the same function doesn't mean they can be used willy nilly.

    The guidelines you provided do not prove your case that switches and checkboxes can be used interchangeably.

    You're looking at it wrong. There is no "better interface pattern," it's a matter of context and user expectations. Hope you learned something from the article.

    2 points
    • Marc EdwardsMarc Edwards, 4 months ago

      Your “incorrect” switches for selection image looks like lots of Apple’s UI, across many of their built-in apps. It’s not incorrect at all.

      The guidelines you provided do not prove your case that switches and checkboxes can be used interchangeably.

      iOS has switches. macOS has checkboxes. Platforms have conventions.

      You're looking at it wrong. There is no "better interface pattern," it's a matter of context and user expectations.

      You are recommending people use checkboxes on iOS, but THERE IS NO CHECKBOX UI WIDGET ON iOS.

      Just because two different controls have the same function doesn't mean they can be used willy nilly.

      I agree. THERE IS NO CHECKBOX UI WIDGET ON iOS.

      8 points