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Re: [platform-ui-dev] Question about links on an editor page


 Buttons are heavy in appearance and are appropriate for primary actions -
actions that are the key of the visual artifact they appear in. It is
appropriate to use links for secondary actions and those that will  not
produce irrevocable state changes. In your example, if validating the file
is not the primary purpose of your editor, a link would do because it is
less heavy.

I am making this comment as the owner of the UI Forms. It is possible that
the UI team may have different opinions when it comes to the overall
Eclipse UI recommendation.


Dejan Glozic, Ph.D.
Manager, Eclipse Development 1A
IBM Canada Ltd.
Tel. 905 413-2745  T/L 969-2745
Fax. 905 413-4850

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I am posting here as it was suggested to do so on .

I have a multi-page editor for my component.  On the first
tab of the editor, there is a link to run a validator on the
file being edited.  Is using a link appropriate, or would a
button be better?  Our human factors people say a button is
better, but I see links being used to launch actions in the
plugin editors, etc.  I don't see anything on this topic in
the Eclipse User Interface Guidelines.

Thanks in advance,
David Whiteman

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