Design/Whiteboards/Split Buttons for Touch

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Redesign split buttons to work well with touch input.


Call for Proposals Analyzing Proposals Shaping Tentative Design Implementation in Progress Implemented


In Scope Out of Scope
  • Work well on the desktop as well as on Android
  • Require use of keyboard

Definition of Terms

  • Split button: A composite of two buttons: one that simply applies the default value and one that provides a menu allowing the user to set the value.




  • Harry: College student. Types his notes on an Android tablet with a detachable keyboard. Uses the yellow and pink highlight colors to color-code his notes.


Proposal by Mirek2



Pull-down button

The button would represented by an icon with an associated triangle pointing down.

Tapping a pull-down button would execute a command using the last-used settings (or the default ones). Pressing on the icon and moving the finger in the direction of the triangle or long-tapping the icon would show a box allowing the user to change the settings for the command.

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