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Perch 3 UI - Blocks vs Repeaters vs Dividers

Just updated a website to Perch 3 and delighted to see that the expanding and collapsing blocks is implemented.

Unfortunately I do think the UI is a bit confusing. I have blocks with repeaters and dividers and it all looks a bit jumbled now.

The Block title is hard to differentiate from the sub-title and dividers-titles within each block. The pale grey bar of the dividers is a bit too pale.

In the example attached the Slideshow+text block has two areas. Slideshow (A perch repeater) and a Text Area (with a 'divider-before' called Column 2) and all look very similar in hierarchy.

Maybe the grey dividers could be strengthened up and the sub-titles within a block could be stepped from the left?

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/m93buyjj8i3igov/AAAchg2yvca1SvPnfX73sFfYa?dl=0&preview=Perch3-divides.jpg

James Tedder

James Tedder 0 points

  • 2 years ago
Drew McLellan

Drew McLellan 2638 points
Perch Support

I'm sure we will refine it over time.

I agree with James. It's a big improvement but the folding doesn't work very well when you have a repeater or before divider inside a block. Perch gets muddled about what's closed and what isn't.

Below screengrab shows three foldable elements in a closed state: block / repeater / before divider – but the last two are inside the first block. They should fold up inside that block when the block is minimised?

The type is also slightly different on the second element. Indenting the nested items would be a great improvement.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/v7q7iduuomk5ds8/Screen%20Shot%202017-03-28%20at%2010.17.13.png?dl=0

It would be really great if the block close/open state was stored somehow. If the page is saved then the blocks open up again which defeats the object of the functionality if you're working on a large/long page.