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GUI Design: Primary & Secondary Buttons

It is beginning to be more common for GUIs to attempt to help the user distinguish the most likely button (primary) from the lesser likely selections (secondary). In principle it’s an idea that can be helpful. But the implementation needs to be consistent with good GUI design.   IMPLEMENTATIONS THAT CONFUSE STANDARDS I recently logged into the web site for my car insurance and started the process of scheduling a payment. Figure 1 is a portion of a screen shot of the popup window that was displayed, which is the first panel of a wizard. There are actually several problems with this dialog, but for the purposes of this article I want to point out the Continue and Previous buttons below the table of data. Continue is the primary button as evidenced by its color and location. The Previous button … Read entire article »

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