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Dec
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comment How to make a map obviously clickable?
To me, this doesn't look like a crosshair, it looks like a grid of four different maps.
Sep
11
comment Does my website still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and earlier?
Also, many, many organisations - particularly hospitals and the health sector - run custom-built or proprietary software built years ago that only works on old versions of IE. Horrible, I know, but true. This is usually the biggest reason to not upgrade - it'd break things that are difficult and expensive to replace.
Aug
26
comment Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)
No worries, thanks for trying to help!
Aug
26
comment Intuitive Placement of Buttons In Flow Diagram
If you want ideas you could browse some of the flow diagram drawing tools listed in this question, many of which are free online tools.
Aug
26
revised Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)
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Aug
26
revised Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)
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Aug
26
comment Do people use `jump to top of page` links?
Many android browsers show an on-screen "jump to top" button if you fling-scroll upwards - but it's inconsistent, takes two actions to do and not all users know it's there.
Aug
26
comment Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)
@msparer I saw that question, but it's talking about jump links within navigation blocks, and the answer only applies to navigation blocks. I'm asking about cases other than navigation blocks.
Aug
26
asked Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)
Aug
20
awarded  Scholar
Aug
20
accepted Is a colour contrast compliant if it passes WCAG but fails the earlier W3C test used on Snook.ca?
Aug
20
comment Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges (for North American web users)?
Also, in an ideal world, you'd have consistency between time ranges and other numerical ranges - so another point in favour of en dashes even if you never write times like this is, they would be consistent between time ranges and any cases where you needed to say, for example, "We measured 6–8 units" (minimising any risk of being misread as 6-8= -2 units). Reducing ambiguity is generally good for readability too.
Aug
20
awarded  Student
Aug
20
asked Is a colour contrast compliant if it passes WCAG but fails the earlier W3C test used on Snook.ca?
Aug
5
comment Does user care about the details while loading?
+1 the best examples of this I've seen take advantage of the opportunity to show people things that are possible with the app that they otherwise wouldn't have realised. Many video games do something similar, offering tips and "Did you know?"s
Jul
24
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
Nice low-tech low-cost idea, but there are practical issues: so you slide it under the closed door while in the room, and then you open the door to leave - how does it stay under the door when you close it from the outside? Fine if the occupants don't want to be disturbed because they're staying in bed, but problematic otherwise. And how do you then ensure it can't jam the door by acting like a door wedge?
Jul
23
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@user52057 you could even have a "Checked out" option activated by dropping the key card in a box in the room, and save queues at reception. Also (less seriously) with electronic room numbers you could have fun shuffling your guests' room numbers every April 1st...
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
Looking at the Windows style guide linked below, it looks like the purpose of message box titles is so that the user knows which feature or program sent the message when many are running at once. For many sites, apps, etc this won't be an issue.
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
Also: "Use the title to identify the command or feature [or program name] from which the error originated". So the intended purpose of such titles seems to be, for cases where the user isn't sure where this message came from (note this advice is specific to error messages in Windows)
Jul
8
comment Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
From a lot of user testing sessions I've observed plus personal experience, many people seem to automatically ignore popup window titles. I believe it's from years of exposure to window titles that are not task-related. So, if you do do this, make sure the central content makes sense to someone who skips the title - or, make the title look more like a 'header' than a 'window title' (e.g. no separate bar, more padding, etc).