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    Default Perception

    I was changing the interface to use the nice buttons "Boy "provided hen I realized that the button I was using (The current interface was provided by EricB, but he got busy with something else) conflicted with the new one. Which makes sense to you?
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    I think that the above choice should be seen in the context of Eric's original UI design because I used it as the starting point: http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthre...948#post490948

    Some found the three columns of buttons in Eric's design confusing so in my suggested design change I removed the "Startup Value" column and added arrows on the buttons of the "Set Value" column and locks on the buttons of the "Default Value" column to make it clearer which buttons should be used to change the settings: http://www.talkgraphics.com/showthre...131#post491131

    If in the latest design there is only one column of buttons left, I consider Eric's original button design clear enough.

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    What I am asking is which of these two buttons would you expect to be ON. The slider is at opposite sides.
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    Default Re: Perception

    The second.
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    Yes the second one.

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    Neither, if these are meant to show boolean values. IMHO these two-position switches, heavilly used by Apple, are just fanciness for the sake of it and they are inherently difficult to read. (Are the two examples showing the same state or different states? What does the arrow mean w.r.t. the underlying data item?)

    I think the best way to show a Boolean value is with a simple button:
    Off: Visually quiet, unhighlighted, saying, "I'll do something if you click me"
    On: Prominent, highlighted, saying, "I am now active"

    Simple but not very trendy.

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    I will post a new screen grab of the current interface later - I rather like to slider button, they are easy to see. If someone wants to make me new buttons I can show you what the interface looks like with those also.
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    I think having the arrow on the button isn't a great idea. It almost seems to invite you to switch states - which it shouldn't do. It doesn't have a meaning, does it?

    On mobile these sliders are OK, but for the desktop I'm not so keen. On mobile you can slide the button, but not so easily on a desktop ( it's clunky).

    Radio buttons are quite succinct, but tickboxes are the clearest, universally understood and in tune with many of the Xara icon efforts.

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    I totally agree with Paul. My first thought of the arrows was ti could be confusing unless you made an animated button that when it was in the other position would switch arrow direction and saying on or off whatever the case would be. Personally I like the idea of check boxes best, they are clean and simple, easy to understand.
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    OK, just to show you what we have at the moment. I will play with checkboxes.
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