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comment What's good colors for illustrating Up and Down?
+1 a nice bonus is you could have the same convention for horizontal blinds. Black -> darker -> blinds close / move closer together, white -> lighter -> blinds open / move further apart. I doubt anyone would guess the meaning first time, but it'd help people remember 2nd and 3rd+ time.
Aug
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Aug
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comment Why are the “Undo” and “Redo” arrow icons commonly round?
What happens in right-to-left languages? If you're right, you'd expect right to left languages to keep undo and redo pointing the same way, to continue matching clocks. If not, you'd expect them to point the direction that is "backwards" and "forwards" for a writer or reader. Anyone got Arabic or Hebrew MS Word or similar to hand?
Aug
21
comment Is “user-select: none” bad UX?
"Some people would argue that (some) mobile applications have removed the degree to which [copying text] is a standard interaction" - I would argue that, when they do this, it's infuriating and is one of the reasons I always assume that (until proved otherwise) a website's app will be a worse experience than simply using their website. Same with other common interactions like zooming (obligatory xkcd cartoon)
Aug
13
comment Best way to find and select a country
@BartGijssens and then you're back to square one - what's the best UI for users choosing a country when your educated guess gets it wrong? I do agree that picking a sensible default is a good idea, but you still need a good manual UI for the many cases when someone wants to choose a country that's not the one they are currently in (or, appear to be in)
Aug
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comment Best way to find and select a country
Well, fairly hardcore synonyms list. No Burma for Myanmar, no RoC for Taiwan, no Laos for Lao... seems like Europe is very thorough and the rest of the world much less so. Apparently it's based on an international standard, the ISO 3166, so I guess there was a lot of politics behind that list...
Aug
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comment Best way to find and select a country
@Mark that can be solved with synonyms lists. In fact the linked demo in the top answer has a pretty comprehensive synonym list - type B for example, and it gives you United Kingdom (because Britain) and Germany (because Bundesrepublik Deutschland) in addition to the regular Bs. It's not perfect though - no Burma, no RoC (in fact it has the absurdly pro-PRC Taiwan, Province of China), and it quirkily pushes synonym-based options to the front of a list (I'd have them last).
Aug
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comment Best way to find and select a country
Wow, that demo has a hardcore synonyms list! Not only does typing B offer United Kingdom (because Britain is a synonym), it also offers Germany (because Bundesrepublik Deutschland is a synonym)! Kinda strange that synonym-based options are pushed to the top of the list, not the bottom, though - surely Bu should offer Bulgaria, Burundi, etc, and then Germany, not Germany first?
Jul
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comment What are the disadvantages of Material Design?
@Ooker is "playing devil's advocate" the expression you are looking for?
Jul
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comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
+1 powerful stats (one in four! gosh) - also it might be worth emphasising that in most developed countries, populations are aging so the % with vision / dexterity impairments will only increase. It can probably be safely assumed to not just be one in four, but "one in four and rising"
Jun
30
comment Should a multinational website background color be a conscious choice?
For context, in case anyone didn't already know, Baidu is China's biggest search engine (and the world's second biggest), sometimes described as "the Chinese Google". It's a big deal.
Jun
14
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
@GoodSp33d That's exactly what I said - any query for Expert Sex Change would be treated as identical to a query for expertsexchange or any other variation. Any username searches on Expert Sex Change would return "One user found" pointing to the user who inputted their username as Experts Exchange, attempts to create a new user would return "User already exists" matching that user, etc etc.
Jun
12
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
The more I think about this, the more it seems like if it's done right it's essentially just a difference approach to labelling. "We don't store spaces, please type a different username, for example 'JohnDoe' Okay" and "We don't store spaces. Save username as 'JohnDoe'? Okay No, I'll type something else" are almost the same thing.
Jun
10
comment What are some compelling reasons to disallow spaces in usernames?
Making sure I've understood correctly - suppose I enter my username as Experts Exchange, the system will silently translate it into expertsexchange, and the system will direct queries for a user with username Expert Sex Change to my account?
Jun
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Jun
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revised What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
Made question slightly tighter
Jun
5
comment What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
I've suggested an edit to the title of this question to be a little more specific and answerable (I'm a little surprised it was closed: UX professionals with psychology backgrounds and psych-grad colleagues can give factual answers based on their professional experience of what they and their colleagues use from their degrees, and what skill gaps they needed to fill compared to colleagues from other backgrounds. This site even has a "career development" tag...)
Jun
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Jun
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comment What does a psychology research graduate need to develop to become ready for a career in UX/HCI?
There's general info on gaining experience on Getting into UX as a CS graduate. Many UX people I've worked with have psych backgrounds, it brings strong advantages: you've conducted research with human adult subjects, you understand sample sizes & research design, you already know principles like priming, attention, cognitive load, affordances... emphasise everything like this on resumes etc. Your main skill gaps will include experience and knowledge of tech trends and design patterns: join groups, follow blogs, do projects in your own time, etc.
Jun
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comment Does visual design really affect UX?
Lots of authors, lead author is William Lidwell, the publisher is Rockport. Lots and lots of two-page summaries of usable design principles, each with short overview of evidence, very useful