text changing on buttons

31 Mar 2009 - 11:40am
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jstanford
2003

I wanted to solicit people's advice/examples on a small but interesting
interaction we're working on. Here's the scenario:

User launches a dialog that has a list of people who they need to handwrite
checks to (it's a payroll application; don't worry about why they are
handwriting and not printing checks). The dialog has a table of the people
and the amounts. For each line in the table, the user can do up to two
things:

- Add/Edit a check number for that person's check
- Print a paystub for that check

They can do any or all of these things, it is up to them. To support this,
we have two buttons on the dialog -- Save and Cancel -- however if someone
selects to Print a stub, the Save button changes to "Save and Print"'.

Here's what it looks like in ASCII (the actual is obviously not in ASCII):
In the example below: [] = checkbox field ____________ = text field

Print Stub Name Amount Check number
[ ] John Doe $500 ______________
[ ] Mary Smith $200 ______________
[ ] Billy Bob $300 ______________

[Save] [Cancel]

As soon as someone selects to print a stub (by checking of a box in that
column) the Save button changes to be Save and Print.

Questions:
- What do people think about this interaction?
- Another option would be to have three buttons to start - Save, Save and
Print, Cancel and just disable Save and Print till you've checked something.
I think that is just more cluttered and annoying. What do other people
think?
- Do you have examples of other UIs where the button name changes based on
your selection?

Julie

_____________________________________________________
Julie Stanford
Principal, Sliced Bread Design
650-969-0400 x706

Comments

31 Mar 2009 - 12:38pm
Dante Murphy
2006

Why not just use auto-save and get rid of the "save" and "cancel" buttons altogether? Then all you need is a single print button that only does something when one or more lines are checked.

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I wanted to solicit people's advice/examples on a small but interesting
interaction we're working on. Here's the scenario:

User launches a dialog that has a list of people who they need to handwrite
checks to (it's a payroll application; don't worry about why they are
handwriting and not printing checks). The dialog has a table of the people
and the amounts. For each line in the table, the user can do up to two
things:

- Add/Edit a check number for that person's check
- Print a paystub for that check

They can do any or all of these things, it is up to them. To support this,
we have two buttons on the dialog -- Save and Cancel -- however if someone
selects to Print a stub, the Save button changes to "Save and Print"'.

Here's what it looks like in ASCII (the actual is obviously not in ASCII):
In the example below: [] = checkbox field ____________ = text field

Print Stub Name Amount Check number
[ ] John Doe $500 ______________
[ ] Mary Smith $200 ______________
[ ] Billy Bob $300 ______________

[Save] [Cancel]

As soon as someone selects to print a stub (by checking of a box in that
column) the Save button changes to be Save and Print.

Questions:
- What do people think about this interaction?
- Another option would be to have three buttons to start - Save, Save and
Print, Cancel and just disable Save and Print till you've checked something.
I think that is just more cluttered and annoying. What do other people
think?
- Do you have examples of other UIs where the button name changes based on
your selection?

Julie

_____________________________________________________
Julie Stanford
Principal, Sliced Bread Design
650-969-0400 x706

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