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The accordion is a graphical control element comprising a vertically stacked list of items. Each item can be "expanded" or "collapsed" to reveal the content associated with that item. There can be exactly one item expanded at a time. An accordion is similar in purpose to a tabbed interface, a list of items where exactly one item is expanded into a panel.

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  • List item one
  • List item two
  • List item three

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Adding accordions to your web page should be considered with great care. There are times when accordions enhance or prohibit a good user experience. Consider the options below when considering accordions.

Use Accordions When

  • The user only needs information applicable to him. For example, sections are divided by 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year student.
  • You want to descrease scrolling on a web page.
  • You want to give the user control over what to reveal and what to hide.

Avoid Accordions When

  • The user needs to see all of the content on a page.
  • When users need to print information from web page.
  • Clicking can cause an unpleasent user experience.
If the page is long, consider breaking content into smaller and digestable pages combined with the right component to make content easy to scan and retain.