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Last modified 2 months ago

#47359 new defect (bug)

Unable to distinguish post formats when viewing list tables on mobile

Reported by: ajfleming Owned by:
Milestone: Future Release Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version: 5.2.1
Component: Post Formats Keywords: needs-design-feedback
Focuses: ui, accessibility Cc:

Description

Post format icons were recently removed from post list tables and a post format dropdown menu introduced to allow people to filter posts by format. See #46591 and [44961].

On narrow screens, however, the filter tools are hidden leaving mobile users with no way distinguish the format of their posts.

I suggest we revisit the decision to remove post format icons and consider the mobile user experience.

Change History (6)

#1 @SergeyBiryukov
4 months ago

  • Keywords needs-design-feedback added

Hi @ajfleming, welcome to WordPress Trac! Thanks for the report.

#46591 was an attempt to keep the icons for exactly this reason (see also comment:52:ticket:35497), but they were still removed per design feedback.

Seems like we should either restore the icons in mobile view or show the filter tools.

Last edited 4 months ago by SergeyBiryukov (previous) (diff)

#2 follow-up: @afercia
4 months ago

Worth noting this applies also to other things. For example, it's not possible to distinguish posts by categories and tags (at least at first sight). To do that, users have to expand the post details one by one.

Here some things that happen in the view for small screens:

  • Search is moved to the bottom: not sure this is so user-friendly
  • Bulk actions are not available
  • Filters by date, categories, and post formats are not available
  • same for filters added by plugins

Seems to me this is because a few years ago, in the first era of "responsive design", the approach was to just hide things for small screens. Over time, this proved to not be a good approach because it prevents access to important features.

For example, consider what happened with the "Screen Options" at the top of the page in #40985:

I recently needed to disable comments on a particular post while away from my laptop. I opened the post editing screen on my mobile device but the Discussion meta box was hidden and there is no way to access Screen Options on mobile to show/hide meta boxes. This meant I was unable to disable comments on the post from my mobile device.

I'd like to propose a different approach: never hide functionalities on small screens. In this specific case, all the bulk actions / filters could simply be placed in an expandable panel.

#3 in reply to: ↑ 2 @SergeyBiryukov
4 months ago

Replying to afercia:

Search is moved to the bottom: not sure this is so user-friendly

Agreed, I was also confused by this a few times.

I'd like to propose a different approach: never hide functionalities on small screens. In this specific case, all the bulk actions / filters could simply be placed in an expandable panel.

I support this approach :)

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #accessibility by afercia. View the logs.


2 months ago

#6 @afercia
2 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

Discussed during today's accessibility bug scrub and agreed to move this ticket to Future Release, as something that needs to be addressed. If a patch comes to life, can always be considered for 5.3.

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