I feel kind of silly asking this but I'm having a real problem coming up a reasonable term for Read Only mode or Not Edit mode.
Pictures to explain my problem...
If the user wants to edit information in my site they hit the
If users are in Edit mode and want to
Cancel changes to the data on the screen I give them
So far so good. It's very clear to the users whats going on.
Now here comes the problem.
In Edit mode some pages automatically commit/save your changes as you make them so there is no cancelling your actions. The users requested this and to avoid confusion after getting questions about why the
Cancel button doesn't cancel changes, I disable the button.This means if they want to leave Edit mode they have to hit
Save, which doesn't do anything because the changes have already been saved. But to the less experienced user that means I'm committing whatever I've done and there's no turning back.
Now I'm getting complaints about having to hit
Save even though they haven't changed anything. I don't disagree with the users on this but what do I do? I want to replace the
Cancel buttons that are lies with a button that communicates you're leaving Edit mode.
I considered use words like...
- Read Only
but I feel like these are either too technical for my users or doesn't describe well what action you're taking by clicking the button.
What should I use as the text for the button?
Would it make more sense to use an icon? If so what?
Note: Changing the live editing functionality to make
Cancel relevant isn't an option.
To be a bit more specific I have 2 connected lists (I'm using Jquery's Connected list example for pictures but ours is a more complicated custom control)
The user starts with 2 lists and wishes to add information from the left to the right. Each time they add an item we save the change per their request.
So once they have finished adding things to their list, their list is already saved.
In the Read only view all they wanted was the right list and it can't be changed only viewed.
So I need a button to convey you're just going back to the Read only list view.