The current dimension selection disappears as soon as you start editing content. That sucks, especially if your system offers multiple dimensions. While editing content the users offen misremembers in which dimension he is currently working.
Therefore - it would be a quick win - if next to the username there would be a hint in which dimension you are currently working. The dimension selection itself is only accessible when you are selecting a page node. That’s ok. But you should be able to see all the time in which dimension you are working right now.
Thanks for raising this topic. I agree that, from my own experience, this can be quite confusing.
I also thought about putting that information next to the username, but I’m a bit reluctant because that (horizontal) space is quite precious.
Question is if we could leave it in that particular bar, but move it to the right:
(ugly screenshot is in iPad dimensions with 1024px width)
Would also be perfect. It is only important to make it permanently visible. Place is more or less regardless. And maybe a short name for the dimensions is necessary (e.g. the uriParameter).
This could make sense, could you explain why the user forgets what dimension it is? Usually the page content should hint it and it is accessible by deselecting the current element. Maybe there’s something else needed than displaying it all the time. In any way we should strive not to use the top bar since there are plans for using that for things like search. But the context bar can already be full when there’s a lot of buttons for the editor, so for small screens putting it there probably won’t work. Not sure what to do here.
Maybe it is because he is focused on other tasks, e.g. content not dimensions. Maybe he switches between tasks and forgets about the current dimension. Or maybe he is just not that smart
As you sayed, it is visible by “deselecting the current element.” which requires an additional action. But it is not visible while editing a content element! And I think it should be visible all the time to clearly define in which dimension / language / market / whatever your currently editing content.
For example your editing the english website for the swedish market and then your switching to the english version for the danish target group. And then your switching between the english, danish version for modern people to the english, danish version for classic people. Your editing and switching contexts all the time … which ends up in situations where it is not clear in which dimension your currently editing. Therefore the dimension should be visible all the time.
It will save the edtior a few seconds and a few clicks and he will feel a bit more safe, cause he is sure that he is doing the right thing in the right dimension.