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Jim Kauffman <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 10 Jun 2007 14:10:45 -0400
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion) [mailto:CHI-
> [log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Ulrik Gade
> Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:55 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Visual cues for in-place editing?
> 
> Hi,
> 
> I'm involved in a redesign for a business web app. We'd like to reduce the
> clutter of controls in columnar displays of numbers by only displaying the
> input control during actual editing of a data item, i.e. grid style in-
> place
> editing though these are not strictly grids.
> 
> However, not all numbers may be edited at all times so we need a graphic
> technique to give users visual cues about which numbers s/he may/not edit
> at
> any one time. Do you have any suggestions for good solutions to this?

Ulrik,

The first thing that comes to mind is drawing a border the same size as the
edit box around the editable fields, in a color only slightly darker than
the background color so it's unobtrusive as people read the page. When the
user clicks within the border area, activate the text box.

-Jim K.

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