13:2 Label Pushbuttons Clearly
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Document Type: Guideline
Controls and Widgets
Ensure that a pushbutton's label clearly indicates its action.
The label of a pushbutton should clearly indicate the action that will be applied when the pushbutton is clicked. Common pushbutton labels include ’Update,’ ’Go,’ ’Submit,’ ’Cancel,’ ’Enter,’ ’Home,’ ’Next,’ and ’Previous.’
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Title: Buttons on Forms - where to put them, and what to call them
Description: UsabilityNews.com, Caroline's Corner, by Caroline Jarrett, 3 September 2008
Title: Web Application Form Design
Description: Illustrates the options for label placement in forms and the pros and cons of each.
Title: Reset and Cancel Buttons
Description: Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, April 16, 2000
Title: Usability Tip: Use Verbs as Labels on Button
Description: Usability Tip: Use Verbs as Labels on Buttons
Title: Push button
Description: This design pattern includes recommendations on the label, appearance and placement of push buttons
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