There are numerous ways throughout Sakai for users to delete or remove an item. Standardization of this action across tools would greatly improve the user experience.
See attached- many screenshots that illustrate just some of the various ways different tools have implemented this basic function.
If an item must be selected with a check before it can be acted on there are multiple ways that process works.
- Sometimes the check is on the right of the item table
- Sometimes the check is on the left.
- Sometimes the button users need to click to remove the item is visible on the same screen.
- Sometimes the button users need to click to remove the item is not visible on the same screen.
- The buttons appear in random places.
- Sometimes the buttons appear above the item table in the middle of the screen
- Sometimes the buttons appear above the item table on the left of the screen
- Sometimes they appear both above and below the item table on the left.
- Sometimes they appear at the top of the table in the middle of the screen
- Sometimes they appear at the bottom of the table in the middle of the screen
- Sometimes table headers prompt the user with "Remove ?"
- Sometimes table headers prompt the user with a declarative "Remove"
- Sometimes there is only an unlabeled checkbox a user must select (and the action buttons may or may not be visible.)
- Sometimes users can select multiple check boxes with a labeled "check all" box in the header (or another place)
- Sometimes users can select multiple check boxes with an unlabeled "check all" box in the header (or another place)
- Sometimes users can select multiple check boxes with a verbal link (see "Check All - Clear All" in Sign-Up -> Export Meetings)
Sometimes the X symbol is used for deleting or removing an item and sometimes the X is used to close a pop-up. (It should be reserved for closing pop-ups.)
- The X can be a (more or less) neutrally colored image - there are different versions of this option throughout
- The X can be red.
- There are multiple reds employed which interferes with branding. (These reds clash with the red info box.)
- Red should be used sparingly and for a distinct purpose. Sometimes it is used for a close box, sometimes for a delete, sometimes for an info/warning box, sometimes for a site title, etc.
- Sometimes the red X is an image.
- Sometimes it is a styled icon.
- The X can be blue. (In Site Info -> Manage Tools it is a styled fa icon.) If the red X is meant to indicate danger or a warning then the same icon with the same/similar purpose should not be blue.
- The X can be a colored icon from an outdated icon set
Note: this issue of vastly diverging styles/icons is not limited to X icons/images it is also pronounced in the use of multiple check icons and images. Additionally there is divergence in the tools between how each uses an X, a check mark, and/or a radio button. (see SAK-43961)