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== Dialogs ==
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'''Reduce the dialog flood'''
* Do not nest dialogs more than two levels deep.
<small>For example "Configuration dialog > Advanced dialog" is ok, "Configuration dialog > Advanced dialog > Further settings dialog" is too deep.</small>
* Avoid dialogs that contain only one or two options. If possible, use inline-editing instead.
<small> For example, to rename a list item, do not show a dialog but allow the user to change the label inside the list</small>
* Do not use dialogs to display non-critical messages which do not require any further user interaction (typically dialogs with a single "OK" or "Close" button). Use info panels instead.
<small>See [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Messages|Messages]]) </small>
'''Position of dialogs'''
* Always keep dialogs on top of their parent.
<small>This is usually taken care of by the window manager. But in '''composed applications''', focus problems may occur. Check carefully in this case. </small>
* If reference in the parent window is required, make sure your dialog does not cover relevant parts.
<small>For example a find dialog should neither be centered, nor cover a search result. </small>
* Set input focus on confirmation button.
'''Only use modal dialogs when''':
* Use modal dialogs only if allowing interaction with other parts of the application while the window is open could cause data loss or some other serious problem.
Provide a clear way of leaving the modal dialog, such as a Cancel button in an alert.
=== See Also ===
* [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Tabs_Pages|Tabs and Pages in Dialogs]]

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