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Consider Page Layers You can display what you're referring to as a "deeper" view without using a modal dialog, but maintain the main benefit of the modal i.e. it doesn't feel like you're leaving the table view and can just get back to that view with a single click. When the user clicks for a more detailed view, or to make an edit that your main table UI ...


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If I understand correctly, the picture below reflects what is going on? There's no problems having two primary buttons like this. Effectively, your Assemble button is an Apply role, and the Load button is an OK role. Essentially there are two primary actions, but one (load) is disabled until you successfully click the other (assemble). There's no need to ...


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It's OK to have two primary buttons, or even 5 sometimes. The concept of primary/secondary/tertiary helps designers to think of what's more important by providing a 2 or 3 layer model. Nowhere does it say only one thing can be on each layer. Yet, the more elements on each layer, the less noticeable each element will be as there's less visual contrast ...


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Your dialog actually has three buttons - cancel, assemble, load into simulator. The primary button is "load into simulator", because that's the one that lets you close the dialog and proceed. By only displaying it after the user has generated valid code you're breaking the process down into steps, basically making this a kind of wizard, but not supporting it ...


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When deciding between a modal and inline entry, consider what is communicated to the user by your choice: Inline Blank Entry "You're going to be doing this a lot, so we don't want it to be a big deal." "Don't worry too much, this is easy to fix if you make a mistake." "We expect you to enter multiple items." Modal Dialog "Please focus. This is too ...


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Your pros and cons are pretty solid. The only contention I have is that I don't think that a person needs to hunt for where action happened in the case of adding it inline. If the user has to enter many items at a time on the list, inline will feel much smoother. The big risks I'd see with inline are if any of the following are true: Item entry requires ...



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