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Oct
27
comment Who designs great UIs with usability testing?
Apple products are not usable - Apple are just good at hiding the usability problems (example: I have an iPhone - the on-screen keyboard in great for typing but totally useless for editing because the only way to position the cursor is to achieve sub-pixel precision with my big fat finger - the result is that writing long e-mails is painful - not what I would call usable, unless I act like Steve Jobs and answer all my customers with rude one line messages)
Oct
25
comment How to indicate a table is missing rows that have been filtered out?
I actually like your existing implementation, the fact that its big and in-your-face make's you less likely to make mistakes - it's a great design, some elements have to stand out to be effective (even if it makes the page a little less esthetically pleasing)
Oct
25
awarded  Commentator
Oct
25
comment How do you know when an interface is complete?
@blunders - it's easy to know if your goals are complete - they are not - "No battle plan survives contact with the enemy", you list your goals for version 1 (and change them as needed according to what you discover during development and testing), when actual users get to touch your lovely application you incorporate their input into the list of goals for the next version.
Oct
25
answered How do you know when an interface is complete?
Oct
24
comment What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?
@Bevan - maybe you should A/B test an initial dialog sheet implementation against a dialog boxes - my guess is that you won't see any user behavior changes between the two groups but I may be wrong (if you do that I'd love to see the results)
Oct
24
comment What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?
@Bevan - just two points: 1. I'm not sure dialog sheets are more usable than dialog boxes, actually I suspect they are not 2. it will take more work than you think to implement this well, GUI widgets tend to have a lot of corner cases that have to be covered and a lot of subtle behaviors that have to be implemented -- those two pints lead me to suspect you are going to make a large investment in both development time and training time for no benefit.
Oct
24
answered In a grid, how to manually reorder rows?
Oct
21
answered Guidelines for autocomplete widgets
Oct
21
comment Making it clear which items in a long list are selected
Just remember you don't have mouse over on touch devices
Oct
21
awarded  Scholar
Oct
21
accepted Is per-company subdomain or single URL better for web app
Oct
21
answered Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation
Oct
21
answered What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?
Oct
20
comment How to solicit feedback from customers
If I get a low number of support requests wouldn't the forums be a "ghost town" and make it look like the I don't have any customers?
Oct
19
asked How to solicit feedback from customers
Oct
19
comment What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?
@Rahul - I'm not sure it's a question about user testing (I know you've seen my comment on the question so you know I'm not sure what the question is about) - if the question is "how to get and manage feedback about UI" than the answer to the "get" part is user testing (you already answered the "manage" part)
Oct
19
comment I want to let the user toggle a column heading to sort a grid by a date field. How can I make ASC/DSC intuitive?
I never remember if "up" is ascending or descending (even in software I wrote) so I always just look at first two items to see the order - and that's why I like Michael Zuschlag's answer
Oct
19
answered What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?
Oct
19
comment What is the most effective way to solicit and manage open source project UI feedback?
Are you asking about "UI to get and manage feedback" or "get and manage feedback about UI" (the question text seems to suggest one while the title talks about the other)?