For example, if I ask a user

Would you like to send an email instead of print to save paper?

  • Yes, send email and save paper

  • No, take a print


the anwser will depend on your context.

In a lot of guidelines, they advice to put a verb or very short sentence (Verb + subject) in confirmation box button.

Would you like to send an email instead of print to save paper?

  • Send Email
  • Take a print

I advice to read this : https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/ControlsButtons.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/20000957-CH48-SW1

Especially this paragraph :

Use a verb or verb phrase and title-style capitalization for the title of a push button. The title should describe the action the button performs—Save, Close, Print, Delete, Change Password, and so on. If a push button acts on a single setting or entity, name the button as specifically as possible; “Choose Picture…,” for example, is more helpful than “Choose…” Because buttons initiate an immediate action, there’s no need to include “now” in the button title.

  • Thanks, but is there a max-character limit or a Don't in terms of how many character should be there on the confirmation box? Feb 11 '16 at 10:59
  • Can you please also share how it will depend on my context? Feb 11 '16 at 11:10
  • I think max words would be a more useful question because you may have 1 word but when translated becomes very long in terms of characters - so characters is less important. keep the words to a minimum as per the advice in the answer.
    – Dave Haigh
    Feb 11 '16 at 11:14
  • @DaveHaigh I think characters may also matter since it may decide whether two buttons on a popup will come horizontally adjacent to each other or vertically adjacent to each other. Feb 12 '16 at 5:15

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