Modify/Edit/Save button name

Subject: Modify/Edit/Save button name
From: "Rob Partridge" <rob -at- holly -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2003 12:13:28 +1100

I'm in the process of reviewing one of our GUIs. There are several web page
forms that have been designed by different people, with different ideas
about what a button should be called. We have many screens which feature
lines of entries from a database, like an address book, which can be
modified by the user. At the end of each line is a button called, variously,
Save, Modify or Edit. The buttons have the same function - The user modifies
text in fields on that line, and clicks the respective button to save the
changes. For example:

Name: Jane doe Phone: 34534534 Fax: 23233232 Email: jane -at- doe -dot- com
Name: John doe Phone: 34534534 Fax: 23233232 Email: john -at- doe -dot- com
Name: Peter doe Phone: 34534534 Fax: 23233232 Email: peter -at- doe -dot- com

Modify seems to imply some future action - you are going to modify, not that
you already have modified.
Edit seems to suggest another window will pop open to edit the details.
Save to my mind is a bit clinical and techy. However, it's probably the
closest match to what happens. I feel that it implies that all changes are
being saved, not just those on that line.

Any thoughts or other ideas?
It should be a single word, as we don't have a lot of screen space.




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