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instead of showing all the controls at the same time you could have a view mode only with justlabels and visuals, when the play selects one of the panels it becomes editable and the controls appear


There a couple issues with both the approach and the implementation. Using a slider element is not a bad idea by itself, as a matter of fact it's just an implementation of the Semantic differential test. Now, take a look to implementation issues: here you can see that by simply resizing window, I lost focus of the options and have no idea what I'm ...


As someone who takes a lot of surveys, the following is a pattern I've seen frequently: How interested are you in X? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I have usually seen text on either end called the "extreme descriptors", with the middle one being the neutral option. Though a label for each is another common ...


What about a model like Busycal uses? You could set it so that when you drag events across the calendar, it progresses in smaller increments. Example gif: http://recordit.co/bpdLdbMt6x


Updated answer A reduced calendar may be easier to understand and use as oppose to the multiple dropdown or the range slider option. e.g. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Calendar views are helpful in orientating the user in selecting the correct date much better than a dropdown. Switching over to a weekly (or ...


When one slider is adjusted, auto-adjust the remaining unlocked sliders to keep their total at 100%


You can present a simple UI that allows all four values to be set at once. I created a mockup that illustrates this principle. Note that I haven't particularly focused on making sure that the UI doesn't always present exactly 100% (due to rounding). I leave that as an exercise to the reader. This control scheme is an "inverted control scheme," where the ...


Make the user's job easy Ask yourself if it's the system or the user that's concerned with 1% accuracy. Does the user really want to think about the distributed percentages, or just the priority of each point? Ask for simple relative values If a high level of precision is purely the domain of the system, consider asking your users how much they care about ...


I like TJennins answer, but considering the move from A to C comment: Check out partitioning tools like gparted on linux. http://gparted.org/screens/gparted-main-window.png There it is easy to shrink the third element, then move around the second and then make the first one larger. All depends on how accurate you need the numbers. Or add some padding ...


There is also possibility using four sliders to normalize the results, that is, if they sum up to x%, multiply each value with 100/x. Then you wouldn't have to worry the user with constraints while retaining the proportions desired by the user.


Is it necessary to use sliders? Note that a slider is a good choice when you know that users think of the value as a relative quantity, not a numeric value. For example, volume or brightness control. If the user has to determine value, you can also give a simple value entry interface along with a "Remaining Value" indicator. Somewhat like this: ...


You could use a single bar, partitioned into four sections, labelled (or possibly coloured, as I've used in my example image) accordingly. The area where each partition meets would be resize handles, and resizing would accordingly expand and shrink the adjacent partitions, while the entire bar is capped at 100%. With a legend showing the exact percentages ...

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