Why the ever-living fuck isn’t the NEXT > Button on the right?
- We read from left to right. So the concept of motion is left to right.. so why does choosing the rightmost button take you backwards?!
- This metaphor of pages turning, or moving places from left to right is so ingrained in this example, there is even a FUCKING RIGHT ARROW.
Back / Cancel should be on the LEFT, and Next on the RIGHT. Look, I can maybe see this layout used if the user is about to do something really fucking scary… maybe wipe a hard drive? But in that case you would probably want to highlight cancel.
I see this shit all the time, and I swear to god it started with oversseas programmers, and in the last decade has become the standard for idiot UI.
Oh hey a quick google showed me two articles:
Why ‘Ok’ Buttons in Dialog Boxes Work Best on the Right
Looking at the reasons for “OK / CANCEL” and they are stupid as fuck. Except for one… “Microsoft does it that way”. Which is a half assed argument. Not surprised that Apple does it correctly “CANCEL/OK” because they know half a shit about UI.
Well, I’m old enough to remember when it was done correctly, consistently, so fuck all you all. It should be CANCEL/BACK/OK.