Conor wrote:It is the standard to use a hyphen to indicate a mixed state. But I think to use it in this case (to indicate that values are present but differ for the field) would cause confusion.
Perhaps it would.
As the first check box in essence just signifies whether it will (or not) update the field.
The case when it's checked, automatically or manually, if a field value will be cleared seems counterintuitive to me. Also, after editing a value the box will be automatically checked but manually unchecking it doesn't revert to the pre-edited value even though the edit will be ignored.
The combination of automatic and manual box behavior/usage, as both an action initiator and indicator, had been a source of confusion before discussion in this topic and sufficient testing helped me understand it.
You both have interesting points that it'd be nice to see more information provided by the interface as to what items are completely blank and which ones are not shown due to being mixed. You can even go further and have all the mixed value show up as the tooltip for the field.
I'm generally in favor of help tags (tooltips). Here, maybe separate ones to display "hidden" field values and
for the first box?
I have added these suggestions into an enhancement for the multiple edit. Thank you.
Another multi-item issue I hope can be improved is how a single entry's details are displayed when multiple entries are selected, like I mentioned elsewhere