|Dialog||A dialog is an element used to present information to the user or ask the user for information in a separate window. Thereby the information is highlighted against the other parts of the system.|
|Modal dialog||A modal dialog is an element used to present information to the user or ask the user for information in a separate window. Unlike a regular dialog, a modal dialog forces the acting user to interact with the system (e.g., confirm a message, fill in data, ..) before the user can return to the system main window.|
A wizard is an assistance system used to guide a user through a workflow consisting of multiple tasks. Therefore, a wizard usually consists of multiple dialogs in an ordered sequence.
|Light box||A light box is a technical artifact that can display web content to realize dialogs in the Intershop Commerce Management application.|
From a business perspective a dialog has at least the following attributes:
|title||title of the dialog (regularly: action on object)|
all elements used in the back office can be included as content in dialog
From a technical perspective there exist some more (e.g., z-index, modal), but these are not in focus of this list.
From a business perspective a dialog has the following methods:
The dialog always can be closed via
The dialog optionally can be moved via
The dialog usually has no scroll bars (neither horizontal nor vertical).
The dialog optionally can have scroll bars (horizontal and/or vertical).
Mostly it is not recommended to fill up the dialog with masses of data, it would be hard for the user to recognize the relevant information.
Therefore, a dialog that has scroll bars directly after opening must be checked regarding user experience.
There are some exceptional cases possible:
From a technical perspective there exist some more, but these are not in focus of this list.
There are two types of buttons that a dialog generally offers:
The following figure illustrates the attributes and behavior. This is no confirmed interaction design or visual design, but just a model.
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