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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.


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
Jan
14
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
18
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>
Oct
15
comment Modals: “Cancel” styled as NOT a button, just a link
Possibly related: Should “dangerous” buttons be big and red or small and inconspicuous?
Oct
15
awarded  Good Question
Oct
14
revised Should “dangerous” buttons be big and red or small and inconspicuous?
Add emphasis
Sep
18
reviewed Leave Open Click or scroll?
Sep
18
reviewed Leave Open How to make fluid web site consistent
Sep
17
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
9
awarded  Quorum
Aug
31
comment What is the purpose of having a clock on the desktop?
@chaiguy, sorry you didn't find the answer helpful. Remember that a simple answer can still be a good answer. (Though Izhaki has gone to the other extreme in his excellent answer.) The OP actually only asked one question, based on two stated premises. I addressed the main premise (about wristwatches) in a comment, and answered the question here.