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Apr
9
comment Why does the close (cross) button in Windows gets special attention?
Sorry, but that's not a great explanation. Close, minimise and maximise all basically work the same way: Windows sends a signal and the app responds, hopefully by doing the conventional thing. And the "red for danger" thing is just a wild guess - no other mainstream window managers do it, nor did Windows prior to Vista.
Apr
2
comment When should a top bar be fixed?
Another option I've seen a few times is a bar that disappears when you scroll down, but reappears whenever you scroll upwards (even if you're still very far down from the top of the page).
Mar
4
comment Designing for Perpetual Beginners
Good points. By shapes, I probably should have said "layout" - I mean, using visual relationships to communicate stuff. But yeah. Maybe the point is just, "given low user engagement and little opportunity to learn your site, then put much more emphasis on intuitive usability than normal".
Feb
26
answered Designing for Perpetual Beginners
Feb
26
comment Designing for Perpetual Beginners
...filing your tax, managing your domains, updating your address, registering for a conference, ...
Feb
11
answered Why is the input field always at the bottom of a chat window?
Feb
10
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Feb
10
revised How to stop people becoming marooned on a causeway
added 75 characters in body
Feb
5
comment Would it be risky to gamify school?
"No job offers gamification to its employees" - except sales, which is pretty much entirely gamification. Or many corporate careers which are pretty much games from the grad entry point: work your way up through the ranks by working hard, maximising billable hours etc.
Jan
28
comment Three state button for a medical chart
Looks good to me. I'd say clicking the x is the same as sliding to the left. I'd label the column headers, "Absent", "Present". (Thinking more, I'm not sure what swiping actually adds though - as a user I'd probably just tap the tick/cross, even on touchscreen.)
Jan
28
comment Three state button for a medical chart
In the fiddle, clicking the middle (with the name of the symptom) seems to alternate with the most recently selected state. Suggest that it should always cycle all three.
Jan
28
comment Do users who “send to a friend” mostly email themselves?
If you want to do the research, just include two buttons: "send to a friend", "send to myself". They obviously do the same thing, but people will probably click the right one.
Jan
28
comment Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?
With the context, a sentence like "this field has an error" is understandable - but Iain is right, there are better ways to communicate that.
Jan
22
answered Shopping Carts: Remaining qty 1 item - What is fair?
Jan
14
comment Is there an easier and more user friendly alternative to CAPTCHA?
These all fail because the actual task is much easier for a computer than a human. The only part of a task that's easier for the human is understanding the question and submitting the answer, so you might as well make the question trivial: "Please enter 'hello' in this box:" or maybe "What's the opposite of black?"
Jan
14
comment Is there an easier and more user friendly alternative to CAPTCHA?
Really interesting idea. It changes the question from "is the user human" to "is the agent a real browser". I wonder if it's viable long-term though - supercomputers /botnets have a lot of power.
Dec
4
comment How can we communicate the ability to use the same login credentials across multiple sites?
Personally I find the StackExchange mechanism is a really crappy user experience. The starting point (a separate account on every *.stackexchange.com) means a bunch of crappy hacks, like the "click to refresh the page" workaround you include. It'd be much cleaner if they all just shared one set of credentials to begin with, so you had proper single sign-on across the network.
Nov
13
comment How can we have usability and UX tests around PAN (personal area network) gadgets interfaces?
Could you make your question a bit clearer? What exactly are you asking?
Nov
13
answered what's a good way to show the left/right hand of piano notes in “piano roll” format?
Nov
5
comment N-level tree structure in android
Targetting Android mobile?