I have never been too much a friend of so-called graphical buttons – coming from the depths of Windows 3.xx, I am accustomed to having text captions on buttons. While this may look boring, the dialog below shows why it has its merits:
The texter refers to “Yes” and “No”, but the UI designer decided to deploy graphical widgets which don’t wear these labels. While we (aka the readers of TamsPalm) should be able to figure it out quickly, other users may take a few seconds (and will be frustrated if their machine reboots due to them making a wrong choice).
When it comes to alerts (deciding about very important things), definitely stick to your system’s UI conventions at all cost. Not doing so will probably land you on TamsPalm, and will get you a bunch of unhappy users…
What do you think?