This is probably one of those totally geeky things to worry about but what exactly do we call a directional key-press on a handset?
So you have your typical navi-padâ€”except not all navi-pads are typical and not all are actually ‘pads.’
My Nokia 6600 has a little 5-way (left/right/up/down + click) joystick, as does my E60. My Sony Ericsson 800i has a navi-pad + something that looks like a directional joystick but can only be clicked. Meanwhile the 6680 has a more traditional navi-pad looking thing. The Razr we just gave away to a friend had a flat, shiny, space-aged looking touch pad looking thingy.
So when creating instructions, read-me’s (or even just talking to people around the office) what exactly do you call a ‘left’, ‘right’, ‘up’, ‘down’ or ‘simple (non-directional)’ key-press?
- Click (“click left to navigate/click to start “â€”seems the most intuitively familiar but should we just assume that ‘mouse-like’ terminology is the most suitable?)
- Press (“press left to navigate/press to start “â€”seems like something you’d do with your finger on a touch-screen rather than via a set of keys)
- Push (“push up or down to navigate/push to begin”â€”sounds ok with a joystick, seems silly on a navi-pad, also sounds a tad strenuous)
- Move (“move left to navigate/move to start:)â€”hmmm…’move to start’ seems just plain wrong but ‘move left/right/up/down’ has a certain ring to it (consistency would be nice though
A collection of recent Flash Lite examples I have handy:
- The Nokia S60 casual tutorial application says “Click to Start”
- Whack Attack by DRD (now Moket) says “Press Start to Begin”
- The MXDU conference guide by Moket says “Press Select to Access Menu”
- Blue Sky North uses a collection of visual cues
- PresiDance has a big red flashing “Start” button, then flashing arrows pointing left or right with the word “Select”,
- LogJam has a downward pointing arrow with the word “Play” (which strangely responds not to a ‘down click’ but a simple ‘click’. Screen two offers the instructions “move left or right to balance on the log…”
- We use visual cues (mostly…)
I’m personally leaning towards the big flashing visual cuesâ€”that and the word ‘click.’
Does anyone have any non-english examples? Is there this much variation in French, Japanese, Arabic…? (Does anyone but me care? :-))