GUI style guidelines proposal

Steve Mosher steve at
Sat May 23 19:35:56 CEST 2009

  I cannot count the number of times I have hung up on "incoming" 
because the cancel button is on the right.

 From one perspective "go" or initiate buttons should be on the right
where the "return" or "enter button" is. But cell phones have it
backwards. who knows where these conventions start.. but if I use a
key pad to type in a number, then my expectation ( my fingers brain)
is that initiating the sequence just entered should be a button on the you point out its a left to right thing..

so we issue commands from the right and "escape" is always on the left.
I'll say nothing about the etemology of "sinister" in deference to the 
left handed folks here.

Werner Almesberger wrote:
> Joerg Reisenweber wrote:
>> It seems at least a de facto standard for cellphones is:
>> "green button" (aka OK) LEFT side
>> "red button" (aka cancel) RIGHT side
> Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where this convention comes
> from ? It always struck me as extremely counter-intuitive, at least
> as someone who writes from left to right, to have the button that
> basically says "go back" on the right side and the one that says
> "move on" on the left.
> - Werner
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