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QuestionUser Expectations for cancel button PinmemberHenning Dieterichs1-Dec-12 2:30 
Designing an UI for a web application I had an interesting but controverse talk to a friend: what does the cancel button discard on the top most form?
I have two examples: Schools which consist of multiple locations which consist of multiple rooms; and users who consist of group-memberships.
Each object, despite the membership, has multiple text based properties.
 
What does the user expect, if he clicks on the cancel button (or closes the form window) on a school or user object?
Should the changes to the child objects (locations and their rooms for schools and memberships for users) be discarded too?
What does he expect if he is about to create the object (you cannot save the changes of child elements without creating the owning object)?
Does it matter that each edit form is shown in a new browser window?
Does it matter that it is a web application?
 
Please consider only the user's point of view, it does not matter which one is more complicated to implement.
 
Thank you in advance,
Henning
If you find spelling- or grammer-mistakes, please let me know, so that I can correct them (at least for me) - english is not my first language...

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