What Is a Togle?

June 24, 2024 by No Comments

A toggle (also known as a switch) allows you to change between two states or options. It is commonly used in technology, programming and user interfaces to control settings or modes. A toggle is usually a button that can be clicked to activate or deactivate the setting. It’s also often a visual element that updates its appearance based on its current state.

Use feature toggles to experiment with new features with a small segment of your users before rolling them out to the entire user base. This can save you time and resources by eliminating the need for multiple feature branch merges and allowing you to improve release cycle speeds.

Savvy teams view their toggle inventory as a carrying cost and seek to keep it low by being proactive in removing the toggles that are no longer necessary. Some teams even go as far as adding a task to their backlog for each toggle they introduce, and others put “expiration dates” on their toggles so they automatically disappear when the feature is no longer needed.

It’s important to use clear labels for your toggles so that it is easy for users to understand what each one controls. You should avoid using ambiguous wording or relying solely on color to communicate the toggle’s status, as some people may have difficulty distinguishing between colors due to vision loss or cultural differences. It is also important to use a clear icon and provide context for the toggle’s action so that users know what will happen when they click it.