Talk:Mobile Design Pattern: Accordion Menu
This article provides an excellent thorough discussion of the use of accordion menus in mobile web applications. Accordian menus allow users to expand and collapse different sections of a hierarchy of options. Accordian menus have been successfully used in various applications in the past, including Windows XP. The article thoroughly motivates why and when to use accordian menus. Accordian menus can be especially useful in mobile applications, where screen space is limited, as they allow a wide array of options to be organised into a compact user interface control. The article also discusses the difference between accordian menus and collapsable tree controls. Accordian menus are better suited to flatter hierarchies, whereas tree controls are better suited to hierarchies containing more than 2 or 3 levels.
The article also provides some useful suggestions for maximizing the usability of accordions and ensuring a pleasant user experience. These include the use of animation, highlighting and icons which clearly show which sub-sections can be expanded and/or collapsed.
--17:57, 19 September 2009 (UTC)