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In a table form: If the user didn't mean to leave, she is most likely to press cancel. If the user did mean to leave, she: won't save if she meant to discard the changes save if aware of changes but forgot to save cancel if meant to leave but unaware of changes and want to see what these are save if unaware of changes, but still OK with saving these ...


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I would say go for the second option. Giving only two options makes it easier to process. Furthermore, if you label your ‘Yes/No’ buttons with a specific action, users will be able to see what action they’re about to do without reading the dialog box. This approach lessens user errors and saves users’ time, especially when the dialog box message gets ...


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So there's actually some thought that's been put into error message. This article goes over the basic rules of error messages, which "unexpected error occurred" violates. Be explicit. What is it that actually went wrong? If your developers are being lazy and letting the system simply say, "unexpected error," then it needs to be corrected. Human readable. ...


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This is what the Apple Human Interface Guidelines for iOS have to say about this: If you must provide an optional alert message, write a short, complete sentence. If possible, keep the message short enough to be displayed on one or two lines. If the message is too long, it will scroll, giving users a poor experience. Use sentence-style capitalization and ...


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I feel that an error alert is not the best use of the menu-bar popover. Most applications I know of use this mechanism as a menu: The user keeps the icon in the menu bar because it shows some sort of information, and clicks on it to access further information and actions. I think the typical OS X model would work something like this: Menu Bar Icon: has ...


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If you want to avoid content nudging down and you also want it to appear at the top and for it to not cover other information, then why not use a blank placeholder space for when it is not visible. When the error bar appears it can appear within the same space as this placeholder and no nudging will occur. Message will have to be a fixed height though and ...


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In GMail (and also other Google services, like Google Docs) all changes are applied immediately. In many cloud-based software there is no "Save" button. It's because of many reasons - one is to allow the user work with his web browser, which has limited capability of asking "Save before quit?", because modern browsers do not show this text (if provided by a ...


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Using red for alerts and warnings can be tricky in general. A nice and short article about this is written by David Walsch: http://davidwalsh.name/dont-be-a-f00. In depth information about the systems tone of voice to users can be found in the book About Face 3 by Alan Cooper (a must read btw). One of the general rules is to don't let users feel stupid so ...


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I would like to quote here few things i have learned from book "Designing with the mind in mind Simple Guide to Understanding UI Design Guidelines" First Factor: When we are filling form fields, our eyes are focused on the current area/field of that form..What is not in our eyes current focal point is all blurry and meaningless until something moves or pops ...



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