Togle is a word for a switch that has two positions, on and off. Toggle switches are often used for switching back and forth between different views or settings.
Toggle can be a very powerful and versatile user-interface component, but it should always be implemented consistently. Labels and visual design should be clear, and users should know what they’re changing when they toggle on or off.
In the Wiktionary, a toggle is a switch that has two positions on or off, like the Caps Lock key on a keyboard. It may also be a fastener or a cordlock for stopping a drawstring or cord.
Using Toggle in a Web App
A toggle helps people choose between two opposing states, similar to how an HTML radio button behaves. Toggle buttons are available on most platforms, and they can be styled to look different for each state.
Color is an important visual signifier for toggles, and it should be high-contrast to avoid confusion. It’s also essential to consider the societal and cultural implications of color when designing toggles.
Use Toggle Groups
The toggle-group property allows you to define a group of toggles that can be active at once. This can be useful for patterns where you have multiple branches of content that are mutually exclusive, such as tabs and accordion or dropdown menus.
Managing Toggle Configuration
Many teams prefer to manage their toggle configuration in static files, but this can be cumbersome as the number of servers increases. In addition, modifying toggle configuration via files can be slow and inconvenient, so some organizations migrate their toggle configuration into a centralized DB or UI. In these cases, it’s possible to re-configure the toggle in real time, without restarting or re-deploying an artifact.