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One thing I would love to see fixed in Leopard is dialog boxes where the choices don’t quite make sense. For example, when you set up a new Airport Base Station and forget to change the default password this is what you see: The two choices […]

One thing I would love to see fixed in Leopard is dialog boxes where the choices don’t quite make sense. For example, when you set up a new Airport Base Station and forget to change the default password this is what you see:

Airport public password dialog box

The two choices (Change and OK) really don’t match the question being asked (Are you sure you want to keep this setting?). Wouldn’t Yes or No would make more sense? Or how about changing the question (Do you want your password to be “public?”) and the responses “Yes, keep the default password” or “No, let me change the password.”

What other dialog boxes, in OS X or applications, should be clarified?

  1. Funny, but I *just* posted a blog entry on this.

    Do You Want to Redeem Your Gift Certificate?

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  2. In this case it makes sense to me “Are you sure you want to keep this setting?” OK means “Yes, I’m sure”, change means “No, change it”. At any rate “Yes/No” isn’t write either – perhaps “Change” and “Keep”. Shrug.

    At any rate, this screenshot is from AirPort admin, which isn’t exactly tied to an OS version.

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  3. A personal favourite is the keychain dialogue box that pops up when you update software. The question is something like “This application has changed since last being run…” and really doesn’t make it clear whether “OK” or “Cancel” actually allow the application access to keychain. First time it came up it completely confused me.

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  4. Actually, the buttons does make sense if you consider the text that is more visible:

    – This base station is protected by the password “public” –

    Change / Ok

    Being “Change” as in “oh, i don´t want that and i need to fix it” and “Ok” as in “meh, i really don´t care. Go on.”

    Maybe they just needed to remove the question in the last line.

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  5. A long standing bug (I believe since 10.0) is found in the shutdown dialog for non-English versions of Mac OS X. The highlighted (default) button is the local language equivalent of Shutdown (for example “Apagar” in Spanish). If you click the enter key on your keyboard, the default selection isn’t selected! This has to be one of the most frustrating bugs to non-English Mac users.

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  6. Regardless of semantics, the wording is awkward and should be changed. Overall OSX requires very few brain cells to setup and maintain but the above example and various others should be re-worded. Details like these distinguish OSX from the rest.

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  7. Last night I found another funny dialog box. In iTunes if you are burning a playlist and the files won’t fit onto a CD, the box that comes up takes a couple of reads to figure out what they are asking. It would also be nice if they let you know how many CDs you will need to burn that playlist.

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  8. I believe the question makes perfect sense. Though changing “OK” to “Keep” might make the buttons make more sense. So the question asks “Are you sure you want to keep this setting?” and you go “Keep”. Possibly even making it “Change Password” and “Keep password”.
    Though I have to agree that possibly kind of explaining why changing the password might work well, too.

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