Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Rules for labelling Buttons

On button labels...

"It was one of those really conscientious discussions that seemed to have no end.

First UI designer: 'Right. Now here we have a tabbed dialogue box. When you press 'Cancel', it should remove all the changes the user has done since the box opened.'

Second UI designer: 'Hmm. Are you sure that's right? Doesn't 'Cancel' just remove changes on the current panel?'

Third UI designer: 'Hang on, we're supposed to aim for consistency. What does the style guide say?'

And then off they went... looking for evidence, trying to find out what best practice is, getting other opinions. Even planning some specific tests for their next round of usability testing.

Which is all very well but I thought; 'Are they trying to answer the right question?'

They had become fixated on the question of what the 'Cancel' button should do."   continued ...   (Via Usability News)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would cry if all the buttons on the interfaces I use were chopped up mini-sentences. There'd be no room left on the screen for content. Imagine this practice applied to the toolbar icons in Microsoft Word. Painful!

9:36 AM  

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