Specifications for a panic button with an eye to modern web app design...
- The panic button should measure 4 x 3 centimeters on screen. Or bigger. Big buttons are better.
- Bright red background with 120pt bold bleached "PANIC" watermark lettering centered vertically and horizontally to identify the button. Color is great and watermarked color is even better.
- Hovering anywhere over the button should pop up a helpful hint box stating, "Click to panic." Note that the hint popup should block attempts to click the panic button.
- The button should show a visible depress on mouse click or touch.
- There should be a centered link text on the button: "PANIC" in 6pt font. Tinier if possible.
- Clicking on the link text should trigger the Panic app. Triggering should occur not less than 8 seconds after the click and clicking twice (or more) during the 8 second delay is to be treated as an error.
- Only clicking on the link text should trigger the app. Clicking anywhere else on the button should only show the depress action. No indication should be given that such a click does nothing else.
Why would anyone want an app that way?
There's an old joke about the guy who goes into a diner and orders, "cold, runny fried eggs; burned toast; limp; under-cooked bacon; and lukewarm coffee." The waitress says, "We can't make an order like that." The guy replies, "You had no trouble making that order yesterday."
Why would anyone want an app that way? I don't know. But apparently lots of people do.