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bio website web.fisher.cx/robert
location Texas
age 45
visits member for 4 years, 2 months
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I program in C, C++, EcmaScript, Perl, and Scheme. (Python when I have to.)

Jun
4
awarded  Yearling
Jul
30
comment Submit and Reset button, what's the best order?
@Chriseyre2000 Sure, though I’d say that in most “delete lots of data” circumstances confirmation is a better UX than undo. Ideally you have both. YMMV.
Jul
26
answered Submit and Reset button, what's the best order?
Nov
11
comment What is the best way to manage windows?
@BastiBechtold Perhaps the overlapping/tiling terminology isn’t as appropriate distinction anymore, as a system like Ion does provide overlapping (or an equivalent) through its tabs to handle overflow. (And through workspaces, which I think are perhaps more integral to Ion.) To me, the difference between Ion and the conventional Mac UI is that Ion is trying to do essentially the same thing but more efficiently. And that is: Let the user decide what windows are visible simultaneously and how much of the screen gets dedicated to each.
Nov
9
awarded  Teacher
Nov
9
answered What is the best way to manage windows?
Nov
8
answered Should a “search results” return the number of items found?
Nov
2
comment Why can't I use glass buttons?
Can you point me to one of those studies? My experience in user testing is that with some custom buttons, people don’t always recognize them as buttons. Though they’ll figure it out eventually, it makes things more difficult than necessary. (Of course, if the user isn’t experienced with the platform, even platform buttons can have the same issue.) Do those examples pass the test for “looks like a button”? Subjectively, they seem borderline to me.
Nov
1
answered Why can't I use glass buttons?
Aug
11
comment Are radial contextual menus better than vertical list menus?
I think one problem pie menus have suffered is that I’ve also seen a lot of bad implementations of pie menus. e.g. If items don’t appear in a predictable place, you lose the muscle-memory advantage. If the selection slices don’t extend far enough, you lose the larger target advantage.
Aug
11
answered How to visualize the possibility of drag'n'drop?
Aug
10
comment For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?
Agreed. Variable width is harder. But it is what you should do. (Isn’t the right way always the harder way? ^_^)
Aug
10
comment For websites, is it better to have a variable width layout or a fixed width layout?
It is well known that longer line lengths make text harder to read, so I’d disagree with your reasoning.
Aug
10
comment Do you need a search button with a search box?
But even if both conditions are satisfied, why not include the button? I’m having a hard time seeing any pros to not having the button outweighing the cons.
Aug
10
awarded  Critic
Aug
10
comment Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered?
Your app should be consistent with itself, of course, but it should also be consistent with the platform. Let’s also explicitly say that “OK” and “Cancel” here should merely be stand-ins. The buttons should say what will happen when they are pressed rather than simply “OK” or “Cancel”.
Aug
10
awarded  Supporter
Aug
10
awarded  Autobiographer