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There’s a need for web pages to be defined in which view it is in and in which type of container the whole view is in.
In this regard I am using
ui-view--<view name> and
ui-cr--<container name> (cr short for container).
UI View is the representation of the totality of the page or screen the user is in. Common examples of this is the Sign In screen of web apps, Dashboard, or Home views.
Example: If you are on the Terms & Conditions page or a web site, you could classify it as:
UI Container, on the other hand, is the type of user interface that contains the components or even the whole view (in this case, it is usually called screen or page).
Example: Using the example above, the page is contained in some sort of container – it is usually contained in a page or screen. For the sake of being device-agnostic, I would define it as screen – it being displayed thru a screen.
Other types of UI Containers are:
- dialog box
In my entry, UI Type and State Class Naming Convention, I used UI Type to define a dialog box – while in this entry, I used dialog box as one of the standard UI Containers.
I am now using UI Type to define a specific UI – something that one invents and not a standard in the community. For example, you’ve created a three-column panel that slides one by one – you could dub it as “three-col-panel” thus
UI Container is a modifier – once you’ve added this class to a component, it modifies its standard structure to take the form of the said container. The same can be said for UI Type, but what it modifies is the whole view, including the containers. Simply put, you may be in Terms & Conditions view, and while it is contained in a screen or page, once you’ve added a three-column-panel UI Type, the layout transforms into a three-column type of layout.
The world is expected to grow 3.2 percent in 2015 and 3.7 percent next year after expanding 3.3 percent in each of the past two years, according to a Bloomberg survey of economists. China, the Philippines, Kenya, India and Indonesia, which together make up about 16 percent of global gross domestic product, are all forecast to grow more than 5 percent in 2015.
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Discovery has always been part of our experience in using web sites and apps. They could be in any form:
- clicking an ambiguous icon to find out what it does
- going through multiple pages to find information
- finding out what’s causing an alert icon beside a label
- learning and memorizing keyboard shortcuts
…and the list goes on.
One UI element that helps us in most discovery processes is the tooltip. Users of Windows or Mac have surely encountered it when you hover your mouse cursor on certain items in your computer desktop (maybe by chance or out of curiosity if you don’t want to click something). It is in the form of a box with text label or description.
The Elements of Style Sheets aims to categorize CSS properties into three elements: Nature, Theme, and Layout. It could help a front-end designer’s mental model of building the CSS on top of HTML.
Nature refers to the individual characteristics of an element.
- Display (display)
- Dimensions (padding, width, height)
Theme refers to the visual design of an element.
- Colors (color, background-color)
- Typography (font-size, font-family)
- Decor (border, border-radius, box-shadow)
Layout refers to the relationship of elements with one another.
- Position (float, position)
- Spacing (margin)
As an example, after building the Content Structure in HTML, the front-end designer, in a mobile-first approach, will focus on styling individual elements – by their Nature first (usually, width is set at 100%). And then style according to Theme and lastly, as the viewport goes wider, the front-end designer styles the Layout.
In general, label and icon combination is helpful in making an action easier to remember and depict.
Take a look at the left menu of this WordPress Dashboard:
And when there are no icons:
Without icons, you would need to read the labels one by one until you see what you’re looking for. The icons beside the labels definitely ease the effort in reading and recognizing the actions.
The Content Structure
How do we design the label and icon combination? First question we have to ask: with only HTML, is it important to represent the icon? For example, should it be contained in
span, or a special character (think: icon fonts)?
If your answer is the same as mine, which is: only the text label is important enough to be represented in HTML, then we could simply use
a to contain the label; the icon would be displayed using
Let’s use “Settings” for example:
[codepen_embed height=”102″ theme_id=”1820″ slug_hash=”EawKOb” default_tab=”result” user=”BrianSahagun”]See the Pen Label and Icon Combo by Brian Dys Sahagun (@BrianSahagun) on CodePen.[/codepen_embed]
The icon was attached using the pseudo-element ::after.
background-image: url( ‘../img/icon.png’ );