9
votes
4answers
624 views

What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
3
votes
1answer
541 views

Use of Modal Dialog Box for User Sign In

The site that I am working on has a signed-in and a signed-out state. We're in the process of implementing a soft signed-in state (e.g., remember me on this computer). Doing that requires users to ...
16
votes
4answers
2k views

Good alternatives for replacing multiple nested modal dialogs?

Having a mature and good-selling Windows desktop application, we are focusing on improving the user experience for the next release. One thing that I try is to get rid of multiple nested modal dialog ...
4
votes
5answers
232 views

How to design a Win 7-like dialog for choosing One of N options without a confirm button?

The Copy file dialog of Win 7 constitutes an approach to presenting One of N options choices to users. This dialog, however, has been accused of being too hard to scan, and lacking click affordance. ...
19
votes
7answers
966 views

Solving the “accidental confirm” problem with dialog boxes

The scenario is all too common: An application brings up a dialog box while you are typing, and you hit the space key before you even realize what's happening. The dialog is gone and you have no clue ...
14
votes
7answers
461 views

Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...