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I searched a lot but I did not get any solution.

Brief Description

I have a website which has some elements which are clickable and rest works on drag and drop funcionality.

Everything works good .

Problem

Now Question is How will I make my client realise that so and so element are clickable and so and so has to be dragged and dropped to specific area.

Possible average Solution

One solution is I can give a tour using popups (the way gmail does). But even this does not make my website very user friendly.

I just went through stackoverflow tour .. those animations are also very impressive . Can it done in my case. The moment user scrolls down ,. a basic drag and drop step is shown and restore back the step.

Any suggestions from you smart guys.?

  • Why have a drag-drop at first place? It is almost never comfortable to use them, especially on touch devices. – gurvinder372 Feb 15 '16 at 13:52
  • @gurvinder372 : drag drop is the requirement of the project... the location where elements are dropped are very crutial so can't achieve that using clicks. – Yo Yo Feb 15 '16 at 17:46
  • Please share what the user is suppose to achieve with drag and drop. – gurvinder372 Feb 15 '16 at 17:57
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For a desktop application, I would change the mouse pointer to the move icon (CSS is cursor: move), and when the item has been grabbed for dragging, change its background-color to indicate that it has been selected and is draggable. Also give it a shadow so it looks like a separate layer.

And add animation to make it more obvious that it is draggable - perhaps a slight bounce when the page loads, or a slight movement in the direction that people are most likely to drag it.

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To add to Yvonne's solution:

  • Highlight the draggable object onMouseOver so as to indicate that it is actionable
  • Popup a ToolTip comment like "You can drag & drop this"
  • You might also (more complex programming challenge): Highlight the target area. This is most effective if there is only one target.

and Mirror the info:

  • Highlight the target area onMouseOver so as to indicate that it is actionable
  • Popup a ToolTip comment like "You can drag & drop into this"
  • You might also (more complex programming challenge): Highlight the draggable object. This is most effective if there are not a whole lot of draggable objects.

This robust UI shows you the Realm of Drag&Drop at a glance - instantly, no matter where you start.

Value-added: If you have an on-screen message like "Drag & Drop", this could be enabled so that onMouseOver it hilites both draggable objects and target.

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