Certain UI components are displayed within pop-up windows. A common characteristic for all these components is that they are temporary states This means back stepping from one state to the previous state does not lead to pop-up windows; rather, they are skipped.

Folowing are the different behaviors of pop-ups:

  • If the pop-up window does not have softkeys, the background is not dimmed, and the pop-up can be closed by touch down and release outside the pop-up.

  • When a pop-up window has only one softkey, for example, the Options menu, the softkey is stretched to the pop-up window width.

  • When a pop-up window requires user input, for example, in Data query, two softkeys are provided. Before the user enters any text, the accepting softkey might be dimmed till the text is entered.

Note: Softkeys in pop-up windows are textual.

Table: Pop-up types
Component Description

Options menu

The commands and options that are available in the current context can be accessed via the Options menu. It is displayed as a list in a pop-up window.


A component where the software requests user input. All query components are displayed in pop-up windows. They consist of a prompt (possibly containing a graphical element) and an input component.

Following are the different types of query component:

  • A Confirmation query has either one or two possible input values, given by using the softkeys.

  • A List query has a limited number of possible input values, and the user selects one from a list.

  • A multi-selection List query has a limited number of possible input values, and the user can select zero, one or more of them in one pass.

  • A Data query contains an input field for a numeric or alphanumeric value that the user can edit.


A note is a feedback component that informs the user about the current situation. They contain a text and possibly a graphical element, and their layout is similar to a Confirmation query. However, the softkey labels do not exist, as notes do not require user input and by default they disappear within a time-out.

Soft notification

Soft notifications are reminders that inform the user of events that have typically occurred during the user's absence. Soft notifications can only be seen in the Idle state, and the user can acknowledge them. There are two types of soft notifications; the layouts resemble those of Confirmation queries and List queries:

  • A single soft notification contains one notification.

  • A grouped soft notification contains a number of information items presented as a list, and a title text common to all of the items.

Discreet pop-up

Discreet pop-up is a temporary pop-up that appears on the upper left corner for certain time-out. When discreet pop-up appears, it does not dim the background and it does not have the focus. User can navigate in the underlying application normally.

Pop-up can have simple touch functionality. It can be used, for example, for the information and confirmation note.

Stylus pop-up menu

The primary menu for showing item-specific options. A stylus pop-up menu is opened with a long tap, and the opening is indicated with a specific animation.

Using pop-up windows in applications

For implementation information on the pop-up window components, see: