iOS - indicating 'delete' in a list

Peter Haworth pete at
Tue Jun 12 13:26:38 EDT 2012

Hi Graham,
The approach I like the best (as a user, not a developer) is to have a
checkbox next to each line.  When one or more lines are selected via the
checkboxes, icons for various actions to be carried out are made active.

The single touch still brings up the detailed view, but the checkbox allows
for whatever other actions you need for your app.

I guess if delete is the only action you need, this might be overkill,
although it does provide for deletion of multiple lines in one action.

lcSQL Software <>

On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 9:44 AM, Graham Samuel <livfoss at> wrote:

> I'm showing a list of items - in effect an index - in an iOS app. Up to
> now, when you touch a line, the app moves on to a more detailed display for
> that particular entry: several cards (screens) are associated with each
> line. I now want to introduce the idea of deleting one of the items in the
> list, again by some kind of touch action, hopefully preserving the idea of
> a short touch to take the user to the detailed info. I've thought of
> reacting to a long touch on the line or maybe on a dragging action to the
> left or right, or maybe having an 'action' box at the edge of the line and
> letting the user touch that. Looking at other apps, i am not sure if
> there's a preferred way to do this, although there are several where some
> user action makes a 'delete' button appear on the same line as the list
> entry. Is anyone else willing to say how they tackled this?
> Graham
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