[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #37450: The [X] on the link modal in the editor is confusing

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Sun Jul 24 12:03:54 UTC 2016

#37450: The [X] on the link modal in the editor is confusing
 Reporter:  magicroundabout     |      Owner:
     Type:  defect (bug)        |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal              |  Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  General             |    Version:  4.5.3
 Severity:  normal              |   Keywords:
  Focuses:  ui, administration  |
 This is a UI/UX issue with the pop-up link modal.

 It's common design pattern to have a cross icon on a modal to close the
 modal. In the pop-up link modal in the editor the X DELETEs the link,
 rather then closing the modal. The number of times I've accidentally
 deleted a link is really confusing. Here's the visual:


 I know that there's a tooltip that says "delete", but once I've seen the
 [X] it's easy to go straight for it and click before my being processes
 the tooltip content.

 I also know that the correct action for closing the modal is to click
 "somewhere else", but this has no affordance.


 * Use a text "Close" label instead of/as well as the [X]
 * Add an extra icon, like a trashcan or something, for delete, make the
 [X] close the modal.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/37450>
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