← Projects/Usability/HIG/Messages You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in one of the groups: Users, Administrators, trusted, KDEDevelopers. You can view and copy the source of this page. __NOTOC__ Warning and error messages appear when a problem or error has occurred. Warning and error messages should be: * ''Understandable''. Phrase your messages clearly, in non-technical terms and avoid obscure error codes. * ''Specific instead of general''. If the message is reporting a problem concerning a specific object or application, use the object or application name when referring to it. * ''Informative and constructive''. Tell the user the reason for a problem and help on how to solve the problem. * ''Polite, non-terrifying and non-blaming''. Avoid wording that terrifies the user ("fatal", "illegal"), blames him for his behavior, and be polite. '''Confirmation Button Labels''' * To close a warning or error message that does not require further user interaction, provide a Close button. '''Do not use an OK button.''' Users may get confused if they are asked to confirm an error. * Use buttons which match the type of statement or question made in the warning or error message. For example, do no ask a Yes/No question but then provide OK/Cancel buttons. * When the user must choose between two actions to continue, use descriptive button labels instead of standard Yes/No or OK/Cancel buttons. For example, if the user must choose to continue or stop an action, provide the buttons "Continue" and "Cancel". '''Error Details''' * Provide only a short error message and complement it by a Details button that provides more a detailed explanation in the same error dialog. * If it makes sense for this kind of error, link from the error dialog to the corresponding page in the help system. Provide a Help button then. '''Dialog vs. Info Panel''' * Use dialogs for critical error messages, and when you need to make sure that the user sees the message. * Use info panels for non-critical messages which do not require any further user interaction (typically dialogs with a single "OK" or "Close" button). Template used on this page: Template:Moved To Community (view source) Return to Projects/Usability/HIG/Messages. Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Usability/HIG/Messages"