Reset and Cancel Buttons

Reset and Cancel Buttons (Alertbox Apr. 2000)

Most Web forms would have improved usability if the Reset button was removed. Cancel buttons are also often of little value on the Web.

It is one of the most basic heuristics for interaction design to support user control and freedom by allowing users an ’emergency exit’ out of any situation they may have entered. Undo was truly one of the greatest advances in usability.