[Design] Gloabl UI Design
nbastin at mac.com
Fri Nov 18 14:38:49 PST 2005
On Nov 18, 2005, at 5:33 PM, Brad Lauster wrote:
> Hi Nick,
> I'm struggling to find the best way to respond because the fact is,
> good software shouldn't have confirmation dialogs in the first place.
Not every 'OK'/'Cancel' permutation is a confirmation dialog. Take
classic 'Print' and 'Page Setup' dialogs, for example. That's a
pretty hard dialog to create without a 'Close' button at the very least.
> Following either of these paths makes the issue of Ok/Cancel button
> placement a moot point. But let's say a case arises where you
> absolutely must have a confirmation dialog...
> In this case, putting the buttons in the same place every time
> merely creates another problem. That is, the consistency encourages
> the user to form bad habits.
I agree with this point in the case of confirmation dialogs.
However, take the above example - I have often mistakenly clicked
'Print' on Windows many times when I meant to close the dialog and
change a few settings first. If I experienced the same layout on a
MacOS X application, I'd never use it again. (I have to forgive this
on Win32, of course, since that's the place it belongs on Windows).
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