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I would recommend more of a 'notification' system than a popup. By notification I mean something that shows up, but does not block the user from what he/she is/was trying to do. A good idea for a notification would be to darken the program, and brighten the notification so the user sees it, but is not fully entitled to click something. Try putting the ...


Where your friend is 'wrong' I think that anyone who universally rules out a particular solution without considering the context is missing an opportunity. UX is about tailoring solutions to the problem at hand, and the problems are never the same. Where such modals are 'right' Modal dialogs are annoying, and do pose a barrier in the user's attempt to ...


Make the message as specific as possible. For example if the name of the column is "Product Code" and the user entered 12345, display the following message. Product 12345 is already in list Also ommit needless words like "The", "This", "That" to make the message shorter. Maybe you can remove "is" also.


"The value you entered is already in the list" is a little redundant because I know I just entered the value. I would go with "This value is already in the list". The tone of the message depends on the audience. Friendly (i.e. wordier) is nicer for consumers. I would also think about whether "value" is an appropriate word for the audience. Programmers and ...

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