Re: When to use the word "button" -- ?

Subject: Re: When to use the word "button" -- ?
From: jimmy -at- breck-mckye -dot- com
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Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 12:45:32 +0100

There shouldn't be any need to say 'button'. Firstly, there shouldn't be more than one component on the page / dialog called 'Continue' to begin with, and secondly, the buttons should be discoverable anyway. If the button _isn't_ discoverable, then that's a job for a screenshot.

If you feel that losing 'button' makes it unclear the instruction refers to the UI, use a style for UI references like bolding or colouring.

On 2012-10-24 16:13, Craig Cardimon wrote:

I am staring at Apply, Continue, Cancel, and Save buttons, wondering
if I should say:

"Click the Continue button to proceed."

Or just:

"Click Continue to proceed."

Opinions?

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