[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #36474: Revamp meta boxes

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Mon May 2 13:10:06 UTC 2016

#36474: Revamp meta boxes
 Reporter:  iseulde      |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement  |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal       |   Milestone:  Awaiting Review
Component:  Editor       |     Version:
 Severity:  normal       |  Resolution:
 Keywords:               |     Focuses:  ui

Comment (by folletto):

 > Separating out the menu of sections (navigation, the top level
 headings), and then sliding in to each section of UI control keeps the
 user experience consistent because things are where you would expect them
 to be with a clear separation of navigation and content. @folletto can
 speak more to the reasoning behind it.

 Correct. It was both a consolidation of different patterns as well as an
 improvement on the existing ones.

 I personally would go in the direction started with @michaelarestad's and
 @iseulde's mockups.

 One of the assumptions I'm making here is that different sites AND
 different people will have a preferred view, or in other words, a
 preferred sidebar configuration. For example one of the sites I author
 uses a good category structure, while another has none. One uses featured
 images, the other doesn't.
 Based on this assumption, the folding blocks behaviour would allow a very
 intuitive way to tailor for this diversity with very little overhead,
 simply by saving the "latest" configuration the user was working in. This,
 paired with plugins that will allow user to "save" a specific
 configuration if they prefer having always the same (not saving the
 latest) and even site-wide defaults (for more editorial sites that enforce
 specific workflows) I feel would be an ideal balance between simplicity
 and flexibility.

 Also +100 at keeping the sidebar independently scrollable. I think that's
 another '''major''' improvement.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/36474#comment:20>
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