User interfaces in Drupal, by default, are vertical displays. Those that have built content types already know that as you add fields to a content type, those fields will automatically become aligned left and stack vertically down the page. The same holds true for the display of nodes once created. Once we create vertical scrolling for an end user, it becomes very simple for all fields to not be visible at the same time. But wait... do we not read (by default) using a left to right method? Perhaps using this simple but extremely important concept can help us in giving an end user as well as a website visitor a far more easier experience to not only read, but retain what they read.
A Professional makes it look easy:
Did you ever watch a pro baseball player hit a 92 mph fastball? They make it look easy on television. But if you were in their shoes, right there in the batters box, watching that ball come at you at 92 mph, I'd venture a guess that most would be quite intimidated. How about a master carpenter? They take blocks of wood and create beautiful pieces of art with the proper tools! But those tools in the hands of a non skilled layman would produce minimal results at best. Both scenarios illustrate our perception of their reality.To them, their jobs are business as usual. To us, they work miracles. What I am getting at is: if we present our end users and site visitors with intimidating interfaces relying on their perception to guide them, can we really expect our solutions to emit a sense of calm and efficiency? We need to make it look easy even though behind the scenes, there's lots of things going on.
The marriage ceremony:
As illustrated several times before in previous pages, the word "wrapper" was mentioned. If we can effectively "wrap", or join our node edit displays with an outside wrapper (horizontal tab group), then nest a sub-wrapper (horizontal tab), then place our fields within the sub-wrapper, we can easily create the "left-to-right" reading experience. All we need is one mature, outstanding module called Field Group.