Re: [HIG] Label alignment

On Wed, 2002-08-07 at 16:01, Gregory Merchan wrote:
> The last nearly definitive notice I can find on the matter of label
> alignments is:
> There right-alignment is favored - as it was (by those involved in usability)
> since even before Sun joined.
> Now I look at the HIG and I see left-alignment advised.
> When and why did this change? Was anyone even aware of the change?

The section that advises this was recently drafted by Coleen, and
integrated by me... so yes, I was aware it was in there, even if nobody
else was :)  Perhaps Coleen can explain why she favoured left rather
than right alignment in the end... IIRC she's aware of the earlier
discussions we had about this on the lists a few months ago.

(In her defence, the guidelines don't suggest a blanket use of
left-alignment, however, they do suggest right-alignment where the
labels are of sufficiently uneven length that big gaps would appear).

Note also that I fully hope and expect Coleen's sections (along with
everybody else's) to be subject to a final rigorous review and editing
before we go live with a 1.0 HIG release... however it seemed like the
easiest way to make them available for this process was just to convert
and integrate them for now.


CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
mailto:calum benson ireland sun com    Desktop Engineering Group                      +353 1 819 9771

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