Shortest Cursor Path

Written by on Jan 5 2009

The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. A good UI is often one when a user can “get through” the function quickly. An often missed point of good UI is to think about creating short cursor movements when planning the layout/UI of the app. As UI designers the copy writing and styling are concerns that sometimes overshadow our minds. I have to remind myself to work towards the shortest cursor path to complete a task or move between tasks.

Practical Usage

In LessAccounting we use fixed position buttons.

Issue with the example

Most people love the fixed position buttons, but some people are so accustom to seeing the buttons at the bottom of the form they “miss” the button bar. We’re still trying to figure out how to make them more noticeable without being annoying. Got any ideas? We’d love to hear them.


Hi I'm Allan,

I wrote the article you're reading... I'm one of the co-founders of LessEverything. I love my family more than breathing and I love creating videos about our family adventures.

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