I am working on a report feature that requires the ability to allow the user to set a frequency for reports to be sent. In this case I am working on the weekly frequency.

Currently we are looking at the option of checkboxes to represent each day allowing the user to select as many days during the week.

I have also had the pattern used in email reports presented and have some questions that derived from from it.

In the first screenshot there is a segmented control for all of the days of the week. Monday is selected by default.

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In the second screenshot I have selected two days for the report to run

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In the third screenshot I have deselected Monday and Friday for reports and have attempted to schedule the report for two separate days. As the third screenshot shows I was unsuccessful.

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Developers on the team have expressed comments that the user might not view a segmented control as multi-select and I'd tend to agree.

Now for the questions:

  1. Is this a bug? I am able to select two report days if the default Monday is left selected. If it is a feature why do I have to always have Monday selected?

  2. I haven't used a segmented control in this fashion before. I honestly cannot say that I have seen it used this way very often. Checkboxes would simplify the problem but this was the alternative solution presented to me.


Some applications use toggles like multiselect, but it can be clearer with checkboxes

Referring to omnifocus, they use a toggle as a multiselect as well as a single select, both in close proximity to each other.

In my experience, i'm used to it (just my opinion! no research), but just below the multiselect is a single select, and they appear exactly the same:

Same control, different interaction:

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And on mobile:

Notice how they have to give feedback to the user as to assure them of their selection above the toggle:

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It looks like you have room for a row of checkboxes, and it makes it clearer:

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Question 1: Is it a bug or a feature?

As for question number 1: if you have trouble knowing if it's a bug or a feature, assume the user will not have more context than you.

You can test both of these options before making a decision.

  • Perfect I was assuming that it might be a bug but I wasn't sure. Its thrown into the testing queue for early next week so we should have a definitive answer. Its for a desktop only solution so I would lean towards the checkboxes. – jsrothwell Nov 21 '18 at 23:33

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