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We're all familiar with the "OK" and "Cancel" buttons you get on dialog boxes. Simple labels that ask us whether we agree or disagree to the next action the application wants to take. The interesting thing is that using exclamations like "OK" and "No" isn't all that usable. Instead, you should use verbs. Let me illustrate this with an example.

Here's a save dialog that we get in WordPad on Windows when you make some changes to a document try to quit without saving:



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