Any alternative ideas to fullscreen popup-messages?

Bryan Fink bryan.fink at
Thu Feb 1 00:53:36 CET 2007

On 1/31/07, David Ford <david at> wrote:
> Tomasz Zielinski wrote:
> > 2007/1/31, Bryan Fink <bryan.fink at>:
> >
> >> I think the first time it pops up while I'm doing something else
> >> ("Mickey calling. Answer/Ignore/Reject?" while I'm putting something
> >> on my calendar), and I accidentally click one of the buttons, I'm
> >> going to be very annoyed.  I'd also be annoyed if I had to deal with
> >> the dialog before going back to whatever I was doing.
> >
> > Well, this is the cellular phone, so it's main goal is calling. If you
> > don't want to, just turn off GSM subsystem. Popup window from other
> > (not-focused) application could lock touchscreen for 0.5 sec like many
> > phones do with keyboard, so no one taps wrong button by mistake.
> >
> >
> An area of the phone, i.e. a particular corner should be designated for
> such events and other normal use buttons such as the current application
> should try to avoid that area so inadvertent triggering would be minimised.

This sounds like a good idea to me.  A set of interface guidelines,
agreed upon and adheared to by the community could produce a really
nice, consistent experience.  "No buttons in cornerX" might be the
right way to go.


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