Problem/Motivation

Sometime in the Drupal 7 cycle, a decision was (apparently?) made that the word "Settings" was out, and "Configure" or "Configuration" was in.

https://www.drupal.org/node/604342#wording

However, we have a lot of pages in the Drupal 8 admin UI that are called "Settings" and/or that have "settings" in their URL.

What should we do about this? Should either:

a) Fix the UI text standards page so it reflects reality... if we do this, then maybe we should also go fix the pages labeled "configure" or "configuration" to say "settings" again? Probably they should all be consistent.

b) Fix the UI so it conforms to the standards -- rename the "settings" pages to be "configure" or "configuration.

Proposed resolution

1. Decide whether the standards or the UI is wrong.

2. Fix the one that is wrong.

Remaining tasks

Decide.
Fix.

User interface changes

A more consistent UI that conforms to our standards.

API changes

None.

Data model changes

None.

Comments

jhodgdon’s picture

Issue tags: +Needs usability review

This needs a decision from the Usability team.

Bojhan’s picture

Hmm, we use Configuration on the top level and "settings" on the lower levels - I thought

jhodgdon’s picture

Hm... The UI text standards clearly say not to use "Settings".

The current state is quite a mish-mash. For instance:

admin/structure/views/settings -- this is under Structure (it's about Views) but the page title and URL are "Settings" (it's the settings for the Views UI module really). Save button says "Save configuration".

appearance/settings/bartik - This is under Appearance (it's the settings for the Bartik theme). Page title here is "Bartik". Save button says "Save configuration".

And then if you go to admin/config (the Configuration menu page), you have things like:

"Account settings
Configure default behavior of users..."
==> admin/config/people/accounts
"Text formats and editors
Configure how user..."
==> admin/config/content/formats
"Search pages
Configure search pages and search indexing options"
==> admin/config/search/pages
"Logging and errors
Settings for logging..."
==> admin/config/development/logging
"Regional settings
Settings for the site's default time zone..."
==> admin/config/regional/settings
"Image styles
Configure styles that..."
==> admin/config/media/image-styles

So even within some of these items, there's a mix of "settings" and "configure" in the UI text, and some of the URLs have both configure and settings in them. But nearly all of those pages (plus many others), when you get to them, have a "Save configuration" button (unless they're "add a new one" types of pages).

Anyway, I don't see any guidance on the UI text page saying that "settings" is a good name to use or that it's settings lower-level (not sure even what that means).

Bojhan’s picture

@jhodgdon What would be your suggestion? It's kind of difficult as "configuration" can be used nicely in parallel with "Configure" and "Save configuration" which is much more sensible than "Set". However as a title for tabs "Configuration" can be a bit lengthy.

FYI the reason I think this never really got streamlined is because it doesn't create any usability issues. From a standards POV although we want to standardise this.

jhodgdon’s picture

I have no idea what to prefer. My concern is that we have a documented standard that isn't being followed at all. So we should either get rid of the standard or follow it.

Bojhan’s picture

What about going with "Configure" and use the word "Settings" for the pages that are on the lower levels?

Bojhan’s picture

Issue tags: -Needs usability review

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yoroy’s picture

Issue tags: +ux-interfacetext
yoroy’s picture

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