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Sep
25
comment Does a crime security alert app need its users to register?
If you do nothing with the data the user would provide in registering, why collect it? In the EU, this would contravene the Data Protection Principles.
Sep
1
comment Auto focusing erroneous form input fields
Not a direct answer to the question (and hence a comment), but autofocus on page load is a really bad idea. I'm tired of starting to type where I want to and then have a form switch to where it thinks I should start -- and thus my text is split between two fields. If you must use autofocus on initial load, then make sure that field is the only one which is enabled.
Sep
1
revised Should a CTA name use more casual/friendly language or direct language
Formatting and a little bit of grammar; crop image
Jun
17
comment How to modify an image to make it clear it's an image (and not a clickable button.)
Contrary to @AnindyaBasu, I think it means that they are showing a screenshot which happens to include a button, and as the image (including its button) is completely inert, they don't want people clicking the "button".
Jun
5
comment Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard
Yes. Definitely keep the digits 0 to 9 in the "right" (calculator-style) order with zero at the bottom.
May
28
answered What type of map will be suitable for marking an accurate address
May
27
comment Asking location in the UK
If you use the Google geocoder to decode the postcode, you don't need to pay or keep it up to date yourself. You do need to show a Google map (but that might be a good thing here as you can say "That means you're here: is that right?")
May
22
comment Using All Cap letters for web site Headings
Do you mean ALL CAPITALS or do you mean what is normally called Title Case? Where (which country) are most of the site users?
May
22
comment How to inform about functionality
You can't stop people sharing details, but that should certainly be heartily discouraged. One way of discouraging it is to save preferences in the account, so that if they are altered it affects all users of that account.
May
22
comment How to inform about functionality
Your last sentence is an audit nightmare. Set up all users (maybe even potential users) with their own account and you can store preferences easily too.
May
22
comment Why is the groundfloor G on some lifts, and 1 on others?
The British start counting from zero! Of little relevance, but intriguing: When I was at university, the ground floor in my block was 17. The ground floor in some others was labelled 19. It was a sloping site, so they based the number used on the height in feet above sea-level (170, 190, etc) to provide consistency throughout the site.
May
21
revised Is there any specific icon to use for a 'New Tab' button?
Added image
May
20
comment Date and time format placeholders
I would expect MMM to output JAN (because of the three-letter correlation) and to choose MMMM for January. Certainly the proposed difference between mm and MM would be lost on me -- and I use databases in the day job.
May
19
comment How to clearly state to the User what characters are valid
This is very closely related to another question about validation but I'm not sure if it's a duplicate. It might be.
May
7
comment Correctly manage user's settings
In this case, it was a corporate application in a regulated environment for which a roaming profile was provided and required by the use case. Note too that the question asks about Windows. For other environments, or a mixture of clients, storing in the database would probably be better -- although even then, Windows settings could go in the Registry and other clients in the database.
Apr
30
comment Does flat design reduce affordance of actionable objects?
It's still a rant in disguise. And even if the actual question were restated at the end, the answers are pure opinion. There is no right or wrong, or best or worst, answer.
Apr
29
comment Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?
Yes: they are replacing the more traditional multi-light signals when replacements come round, or for new installations. And yes, you can't be a driver or signalman if you're colour-blind. Not sure about train guards, though.
Apr
29
comment Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?
It's worth noting here that the UK railways do now use light signals where red, green and yellow can all use the same light (using LED technology).
Apr
29
comment How to indicate a user the next action to do?
If the user is not noticing that an element has been enabled, it may be time to introduce Next/Previous buttons on a multi-page interface similar to a Windows MSI workflow.
Apr
29
comment Need suggestion for icon for 'Unknown File Type'
Note that this has just been cross-posted to GD so it may need to be migrated and merged.