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13:2 Label Pushbuttons Clearly

Relative Importance:

Relative Importance rating of 5 out of 5

Strength of Evidence:

Strength of Evidence rating of 2 out of 5

Document Type: Guideline


Topic:

Controls and Widgets


Guideline:

Ensure that a pushbutton's label clearly indicates its action.


Comments:

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.’


Sources:

  • Bailey, R.W. (1996). Human performance engineering: Designing high quality professional user interfaces for computer products, applications and systems (3rd ed.). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Fowler, S. (1998). GUI Design Handbook. New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • Marcus, A., Smilonich, N., & Thompson, L. (1995). The Cross-GUI Handbook. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Good Example:

Effective use of short phrases leaves no doubt in the users mind as to what will happen when the pushbutton is clicked.

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