Toggle is a simple user-interface element that lets people manage the state of content or a view. It’s usually a button with an icon that indicates the current state (on or off) and a label that describes the action. Toggles are commonly used in settings or options menus but can be found everywhere when a control needs to let users manage its own state.
In software, toggles are implemented using trigger scripts that listen for user key input and if a specific key exists in the list of possible keys, then the triggering process executes. For example, a toggle can be set to change the display of an object after a certain number of seconds have passed since the trigger script was first executed. Toggles can also be triggered to switch between two states, for example, between a hidden and an exposed version of an object in a scene.
Typically, a toggle will use high-contrast colors to help users distinguish the two states. However, it’s important to consider societal and cultural implications when selecting colors for this purpose so that users can understand the toggle’s state in any given environment. It’s also essential to make sure that a toggle uses clear, direct labels and visual cues to signal its state change to users. Finally, it’s important to be consistent when using toggles to avoid confusing them with other controls, such as sliders or radio buttons. This will ensure that the toggle can be understood and recognized by the user in any environment.