Move input sources from region & language to keyboard?
We recently did a round of user testing on settings navigation. In one of the rounds we tested participants' ability to successfully find where to change the keyboard layout. The scenario we read out was: "You were recently given a new keyboard, which is from a different country, and has a different layout. Where would you go to change the layout to match the new keyboard?"
Results from 7 tests:
|Participant selection||Number of participants|
|Keyboard and Region & Language||1|
|Region & Language||1|
You could argue that we might have got different results under different circumstances:
- If the scenario hadn't referred to keyboard layout so much
- If the prototype we used had "keyboard shortcuts" rather than "keyboard"
Nevertheless, it does seem that people naturally look to change the input sources in the keyboard settings. This raises the question of whether we should move the input sources setting.
This would be a fairly big change, so it will need some thought. A sketch of what the two relevant settings panels could end up looking like:
Note that Chrome OS and Mac both have input sources under keyboard. Windows 10 has it under Time & Language > Region & Language > Options for your language.