Content switchers allow users to toggle between two or more content sections within the same space on screen.
Content switchers allow users to toggle between alternate views of similar or related content. Only one content section is shown at a time.
When to use
Content switchers are frequently used to let users toggle between different formatting, like with a grid view and a table view. They are also often used to narrow content groups. For example, use a content switcher if you have a single category, such as “E-mail” and you want to divide it into views such as “All”, “Read”, and “Unread”.
When not to use
Use tabs when the content on the page is divided into related sections, but without any overlap. Tabs follow the metaphor for sections in a filing cabinet and two tabs wouldn’t contain the same sheet of paper. So the role of tabs in information hierarchy is to separate content.
The content switcher is used for large groups of content, as opposed to the toggle which is meant for a “yes/no” or “on/off” binary decision.
- Selected content tab: Only one content tab can be selected at a time and there should always be one selected.
- Content tab: Selectable container for each content view.
- Text label: Describes the content view.
There are three height sizes for the content switcher: small (32px), default (40px), and large (48px). Choose a size that best fits the density of your layout or the prominence of the switcher.
The overall content switcher width varies based on the content and layout. Each individual content tab should be the same width. The content tab with the longest text label should have 16px spacing to the right of the label. The width of all other tabs should match the widest tab.
- Be concise and specific and limit text labels to two to three words.
- Text labels should clearly communicate the view users will see and the content contained in the view.
For further content guidance, see Carbon’s content guidelines.
Only one content section can be shown at a time. The first content tab in the switcher should be determined based on usage and should always be the default selection.
The content switcher includes two content tab states: selected and unselected. The selected state uses a high contrast color.
For detailed visual information about the various states for this component, see the Style tab.
Users can activate and navigate between content switcher tabs by clicking a content tab.
Users can activate and navigate between content switcher tabs by pressing the
VoiceOver: Users can activate and navigate between content switcher tabs by
Jaws: Users can activate and navigate between content switcher tabs by pressing
NVDA: Users can activate and navigate between content switcher tabs by pressing
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