Messages - Do you avoid message boxes at all costs?
  v1.0 Posted at 27/11/2012 3:26 PM by Rebecca Liu

Now, if you can't get rid of message boxes; try again.

There is nothing quite as annoying as persistent pop up message boxes, demanding your attention. Imagine you are working on a train, you are in between two fat people and your elbows are tucked in. Not only that the trackpad barely works and the user does not know that [spacebar] works on a message box.

Now think of that scenario every time you give a user a message box.

Exception: Only use them in the following scenarios:
  • Confirming the deletion of a record
  • Kicking off a long running process that cannot be cancelled
Move Error MSG to the right
Figure: Bad example - could the information in this message box be moved into the panel on the right
Embedded message box
Figure: Good example - An error message that does not pop up and block your user

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