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-- Accessibility and Usability
---- Dealing with uncertainty of the user
alt131 - 3:25 pm on Aug 16, 2008 (gmt 0)At a glance the button text tells me what I need to know to use the translator:
I use translators quite often.
As a sample of one my personal preference as a user is a single text field for the search term, and two submit buttons - one with the button text "translate to language a", the other "translate to language b".
Wordy, and takes space, but the things I like:
# it translates in both directions (some don't)
# what will happen if I "push" a given button
# which button to "push" to get my desired result
I get started straight away:
# no need to read "instructions" before going on to choose the correct text field as on sites that have one for each translation direction
# even nicer if the text field has focus
Buttons with longer amounts of text are larger and so:
# easy to "see/locate/find" on the page as I scan (I'm visual)
# easy to "hit" with the mouse.
# even nicer if the tab index works so I can keyboard direct from the text area
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