7.2.2. Provide an explicit button text for each button

An explicit button text must be provided for each button. The purpose of the button must be easily understood just by reading the button text, even if it is read out of context.

Button texts with the following text should therefore be avoided:

  • “OK”.
  • “Validate”.
  • “Confirm”.
  • Etc.

They should be replaced by button texts such as:

  • “Register”.
  • “Go to step 2”.
  • “Confirm payment”.
  • Etc.

If it is not practical to add a button text for some buttons (lack of space in the mock-up, for example), there are other solutions that can be used later in the development phase (adding tooltips, for example). Nevertheless, this is a compromise solution that is less effective than directly optimizing the button text.

In this example, the image button represents a magnifying glass. It will be made accessible during the technical phase.


In this example, the “Validate” button has been replaced by a “Compare” button, which is more precise

notices/graphique-ergonomique/prevoir-un-intitule-explicite-pour-chaque-bouton-de-formulaire.txt · Last modified: 11 September 2013 at 14:40 by jramon

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