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Button Wording in a Simple Message Box

December, 1999

If you're looking for elaborate technology to answer your interface design problems, you'll probably be disappointed. Most situations can be improved with simple wording, as in our example here.

Before

How would you improve this dialog?

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The "before" dialog is probably a simple case of "the convenience of the programmer taking precedence over the convenience of the user," (because it's easy to make a dialog with standard buttons).

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