[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #50699: Fix and improve arranging metaboxes

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Fri Jun 3 19:51:48 UTC 2022

#50699: Fix and improve arranging metaboxes
 Reporter:  azaozz          |       Owner:  azaozz
     Type:  enhancement     |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  normal          |   Milestone:  Future Release
Component:  Administration  |     Version:
 Severity:  normal          |  Resolution:
 Keywords:                  |     Focuses:  ui, accessibility

Comment (by azaozz):

 Replying to [comment:49 joedolson]:
 > Having a control to enable/disable metabox moving within the screen
 options panel makes sense, as these controls are not generally needed on
 an ongoing basis; it is our assumption, lacking user testing, that the
 majority of users only intentionally move meta boxes occasionally.
 > We'd like to simplify our prior proposal, and suggest that a control
 should be added to screen options that enables/disables metabox movers,
 and that this should globally toggle whether metaboxes are currently
 movable. Locking them in position when disabled will prevent accidental
 changes. By default, it should be enabled, however, for discoverability.

 Yes, that seems the best solution here. Perhaps can also try to set this
 to disabled by default on touch screen devices to fix that super annoying
 long standing bug where the user would try to scroll but will move a
 metabox instead.

 To help make the screen options more discoverable a notice can be shown
 the first time metaboxes are arranged. That would tell the user to use the
 screen options to customize the appearance of the Dashboard. Also,
 perhaps, it's time to make the Screen Options button a bit more prominent
 and add the cogwheel icon there?

 Any designers interested in driving these changes?

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/50699#comment:51>
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