Gutenberg Feedback 2017-12-03
In my feedback I’m defining things this way:
- Items - Individual block types in a list.
- Sections - Groupings of Items with a semantic title
- Tabs - Recent, Blocks, Embeds
Block insertion controls
Ultimately… I think the editor navigation would make more sense with a “rule” that tabs move you from “unit” to “unit”, and arrows move you within (and between, if they are nested) sections/units. It gives the interaction more of a consistent rule and I feel like it would help because people are transitioning between mental states if they’re perusing a list of Items vs jumping from Recent to Embed, for example.
So by that logic….
- Leaving the search bar should be a tab action, as it is now.
- Navigating between Tabs should be a tab action, not arrows. (I’m not doing this with a screen reader and that may require this experience, I don’t know.)
- Navigating INTO a Section should be the down arrow.
- The down arrow should also take you into the following Section, ideally. I know that sucks and it’s hard to do, but it would really help.
- Keep the convenience of tabbing between Sections within a Tab. That’s great and really useful.
- However, it’s currently disorienting when tabbing between Sections within a Tab; rather than being taken back to the last Item I had highlighted, I’d rather be taken to the top of the Section so I know where I am.
- The Section title needs to be visible when you are tabbing back UP through the Sections. Right now it ends up hidden by the Tab navigation bar.
- The right/left arrows need to work as well as the up/down ones for navigating between items within a section. If they are visually in two columns, there will be some users who intuitively think of them as right/left based.
- Using Section labels would be helpful here; it looks like we use the most popular embeds at the top and then show the rest in alphabetical order. Splitting these out with clear labels would be helpful.
- "Speaker" Item in this section... is this SpeakerDeck? I ask b/c it worked with a SpeakerDeck embed; but if that's the case, the name should be updated.
Block "Inline" Editor
- There's a larger issue that @jdelia and I logged here with regards to block insertion with a keyboard, but regardless... when you do get the controls for a block on tab in, it feels a little counterintuitive to shift + tab to go "back" to a link that didn't exist before. Technically I am not sure there's a good fix for it, though.