With regard to faceted search on the web, why do some sites implement the delete (i.e. 'x') icon of applied filters to the left of the text versus the right.

For example, LinkedIn Job Search does it this way. In the image below the 'x' is to the left of "Past Month", as opposed to the more traditional right.

Is there some good reason for this, or research indicating that it's better?

Applied Filters on LinkedIn


I think it does not matter at all as long as it is clear to the User that they can remove particular filter by pressing it. A counter example from here, at Stack Exchange:

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However, one argument suggesting that the icon should be on the right would be touch devices, where most Users, operating the interface with their right hand, would not cover the tag itself when deleting it.

  • What happens if users are left handed? In my opinion this sort of information is highly irrelevant. – Majo0od Apr 11 '17 at 15:52
  • I agree with the siding not really mattering. The only thing to emphasize is which ever OP decides to go with would have to be consistent throughout the application. – Majo0od Apr 11 '17 at 15:54
  • Then the control is slightly less usable for them. And as there is less left handed Users than the right handed ones, and it is never possible to address all the possible cases, this only confirms the fact that placing the x on the right is reasonable. – Dominik Oslizlo Apr 11 '17 at 15:59
  • Yes, fully agree with consistency. – Dominik Oslizlo Apr 11 '17 at 16:00
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    I just don't think that's a fair thing to say when designing because it's been proven that placement on this sort of arbitrary icon/button/whatever is important. The more important thing here is consistency. Take a read here from the NNGroup: nngroup.com/articles/ok-cancel-or-cancel-ok – Majo0od Apr 11 '17 at 16:05

One argument for this would be because the tags are also aligned to the left side; once you delete the first tag, the second tags delete button will go to the exact same position. Making it easy to delete multiple tags.

  • I admit that while this may be a corner case, it indeed increases the usability a little bit. I often benefit from the fixed placement of the tabs close button in a browser. – Dominik Oslizlo Apr 11 '17 at 16:24

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