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Re: [PatternFly] modals and wizards -- should they be movable?

It's an interesting question, Greg.  IMO, the reason for using a modal dialog should be to focus the user's attention on completing the task at hand before doing something else in the UI.  So in working from that premise, it begs the question of why someone needs the dialog to be movable.  If the concern is that it's covering content on the parent screen that the user needs in completing the task, then it seems like a modal is either the wrong solution or that information should be available from within the dialog.

I'm also interested in what others think about this.  I wouldn't be in favor of making PatternFly modals movable unless there is a use case justification that we can point to.


On Mon, Mar 20, 2017 at 12:57 PM, Greg Sheremeta <gshereme redhat com> wrote:
Hi all,

We recently implemented Patternfly styling on our modal dialogs, and instantly received a bug [1] about them no longer being draggable. According to a quick search, bootstrap's modals do not support dragging, but that functionality could be added with jquery-ui [2]. According to [3], it's not a great idea.

oVirt is quite modal-dialog heavy, so I can see why users would want this. We are in the planning stages of moving away from having so many dialogs, so I'm not terribly worried about it. But I did think it was a good idea to ask the list.

So, what do people think about draggable modals?

Best wishes,

Greg Sheremeta, MBA
Red Hat, Inc.
Sr. Software Engineer
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Matt Carrano
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