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Now in IE7 when you go to delete your temporary files, the window has a button for each of the following options;
- Temporary Internet Files
- Form data
You can delete them one by one.
I don't know what you're looking at.
[edited by: Trace at 4:37 pm (utc) on Nov. 10, 2006]
bad news GUI ... they didn't do very thorough end user testing
On the contrary. This convention that a menu item or button with a label ending in "..." takes no immediate action but brings up further choices has been true for over twenty years. It was true on the first Mac in 1984, and has been followed in all version of Mac and all versions of Windows since then. Both designers and users are very familiar with it. There are novelties in WinVista and Office, but this isn't one of them.
There may be a few people who never noticed it, but after more than two decades of consistent use any replacement by a different convention would confuse the great majority.
And with so many web users today being relatively new to home computing, I still don't like it - it just feels geeky and unclear to me. Two of us in this backwater thread didn't understand, and I'll bet that a straw poll among my family and friends would easily turn up more.
I do feel educated now, and I'm glad for that - thank you. But I first started using a browser in 1994, and if I could miss something for that long, then I'll bet I'm not alone.
In IE6, the "General" tab of "Internet Options" (the corresponding dialog to the one in IE7 being discussed here) uses the same convention. The "Home Page" section at the top has buttons such as "Use Current" which act immediately. The section immediately below "Temporary Internet Files" has buttons such as "Delete Files..." which bring up a dialog. And the convention is visible on almost every tab in IE6. At least you'd expect that users would wonder why some labels end in "..." and others do not.
There has been a lot of study of all these user interface components over their long evolutions, but it's always possible that no one has tested very recently how obvious this "..." convention is to users.
Also playing in here is the fact that I have been unhappy with a lot of what Microsoft put out in IE over the years and just didn't trust them to be sane.