How to Use Toggles in Web Design
The word toggle is a verb meaning “switch back and forth between settings or programs.” It can also refer to the physical switch used on keyboards and some machines: pressing Caps Lock or Num Lock makes that function toggle (turn on or off). It’s also commonly used in computer software to describe an on-off command, such as turning off the screen saver.
Toggles are heavily used in modern user interfaces. They are simple and easy to use but should only be applied when it makes sense for the user to choose between two opposing states, such as “on” or “off.”
When using toggles, designers should always consider their users’ needs. This includes providing direct labels, utilizing standard visual design, and delivering immediate results. They should also take into account contrast and cultural differences when deciding on color for toggle switches.
In most cases, a toggle should be marked up as a