Re: [Usability] label alignments
- From: Calum Benson <calum benson sun com>
- To: Liam Quin <liam holoweb net>
- Cc: usability gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Usability] label alignments
- Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2002 11:39:40 +0000
Liam Quin wrote:
> For what it's worth, the open look team did some studies on this, I
> think, but they may have been based on experience with data entry systems.
> Certainly they ended up rcomending right-aligned labels.
Both your points are valid here... the OL team did recommend
right-aligned labels, but all the OL examples I can find to demonstrate
it consist of dialogs containing text fields only, which suggests your
point about data entry systems is correct.
As I showed with the crummy ascii-art in my earlier mail, when you have
to start lining up other types of control, I still believe it's easier
to create a balanced, uniform look if any labels in the dialog are
left-aligned-- and the resulting design guidelines are certainly easier
to write :o) I think this is also what the Java guys recommend (and
they also did some research); I'll check and report back on that.
Don't worry, though, I promise that if right-aligned labels win the day,
that's what I'll write about in the HIG, despite my personal preference!
CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer Sun Microsystems Ireland
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