Not sure why I’ve never noticed this before. When assigning a priority to a Task within Microsoft Outlook 2003 you can click on the priority box and select from a fly-out context-menu one of three options: Low, Normal or High.
But why didn’t the developers adopt a kind of natural mapping approach to the location of these three options?
In other words why not place High at the top (because it’s higher), and Low at the bottom (because it’s lower)?
The only reason I can think of is that they presumed that users would select Low more often than High and therefore made the Low option closer to the drop-down button, so users would have a shorter distance for their mouse to travel when selecting that option.
I never use Low, I use Normal most of the time and then occasionally highlight particularly important tasks with High. The current layout confuses me every time I use it.