Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Autohide Revisited - Reducing the clutter of "Turn Editing On"

As a Moodle administrator of a Moodle 2.4 site, you might be used to seeing the repetitive editing icons shown when your site is in the "Turn Editing On" mode. It's a common sight for a Moodle administrator and the icons provide sufficient visual cues for a newbie to administer a site.

Well, that's Moodle out of the box. Lots of useful
editing icons. It's just that you usually edit only one thing at a time.

Since March 2012, the generous, helpful and talented Moodle community has been perfecting the Autohide feature of Moodle 2.x (Autohide and that Move icon, 2013). It is now, in my humble opinion, a must-have tool for Moodle 2.3/2.4 administrators. Autohide hides the editing icons until a hover or mouseover is done. This, to me, makes a lot of sense since too many icons leads to information overload. I mean the mouse cursor can appear at only one location at a time. So why show all the editing icons at once?

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