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UX Consultant with a focus on front-end web technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Also very big on Java and PHP with dollops of other technologies thrown in. But all this technical wizardry is worthless if nobody wants to use the application -- hence the UX angle.


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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Autobiographer
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awarded  Yearling
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
16
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
@CodeMaverick When comprehension is important, I prefer to be terse. "Delete this album? [Delete] [Cancel]" is shorter and clearer than "Please confirm the deletion of this album: [Confirm] [Cancel]". You could always test to find out which works better.
Jun
3
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
@CodeMaverick No, I'm saying the button label "Confirm" is not explicit. Ideally the user should not have to read the text, because often they won't anyway. For example: The user intended to click the Decorate button (OK, that's a stretch) but accidentally clicked the Delete button. A dialog box pops up. The user reads, "Please confirm the yada yada yada" and clicks the Confirm button because yes, they do want to invoke the Decorate function. Hilarity ensues.
Jun
3
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
@CodeMaverick The whole point of a confirm dialog is to allow for the case where the user mistakenly clicked the Delete button. The user may literally not know what they are doing. That's why we must be explicit by using "Delete" rather than "Confirm".
Apr
21
comment Why did Microsoft choose the word “Recycle Bin”?
[citation needed]
Mar
10
comment Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens
I still feel that this answer is too long and misses the point of the question. Even so, there's a lot of good information here -- maybe you should turn it into a blog post.
Mar
6
comment Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens
You correctly point out that techniques are available to use very wide layouts. But the OP was asking why, in fact, websites generally don't. (I don't have the heart to downvote since there aren't any upvotes yet. :) )
Mar
6
comment Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens
-1 Hopefully it's obvious that the OP isn't saying that interfaces should be fixed width. They should use the extra width if it's available. This takes care of your points 1-4. And the OP addresses point 5 in the question.
Mar
3
answered Are there any letters/numbers that should be avoided in an ID?
Mar
3
comment Are there any letters/numbers that should be avoided in an ID?
OP wants "to make it easier for people to read and share links", which probably implies that the initial font is less relevant than the actual characters in the ID.
Feb
23
awarded  Popular Question
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14
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Dec
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answered Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?
Dec
18
comment Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?
"On" and "off" are certainly not verbs, though I suppose they might be interpreted as abbreviations for phrases like "switch on". In any case, the distinction between labelling a control "enable" or "enabled" is too subtle to make for a clear, usable interface.
Nov
21
answered Why are normal water coolers so low?
Nov
11
revised Input checkboxes wrapped inside <labels>
Fix broken formatting. Minor corrections.
Nov
11
answered Input checkboxes wrapped inside <labels>