We have an admin section with a number of different settings users can go to. In the majority of pages there is an option at the top which initially allows the users to either enable or disable that feature.
Currently we do this by just having radio buttons at the top, my gut feeling is that it needs to be something that has a primary and secondary focus making it a lot clearer when it is either enabled or disabled. I also feel that enable/disable sounds too technical, on off or yes no seems to make more sense but would be interested to hear what others think.
Does anyone have any good examples on best practices for enable/disable type functions?
I wanted to add a little more to this as its recently cropped up again and I'm hoping that maybe we can flesh out some more answers??
Currently in our application we use a very simple although slightly odd technique as shown below. This allows users to enable or disable certain features within the application.
The problem I have with this is that for one it repeats what you're trying to achieve plus it also just feels a bit techy to be, not really human with the words Enable/Disable
An option would be to bring in the yes/no radio button so that a question of Enabled? can be asked and its clearer to see whether something is enabled or disabled.
However, I still don't feel like this is that great for such a simple solution. I need to keep it in a similar format because of the layout of the application and the fact that something similar is used everywhere else. What I'd like to know is how people are handling this kind of setup, it seems so simple yet somehow complicated to get this right.
Any more input would be great?