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UI/UX contractor currently working in Manchester, UK on government project for French international transport/software corp


Sep
24
comment Floating submit/cancel buttons
Thanks for your answer, +1 for covering both sides. The form is rather variable and will show different fields based on context. The more fields filled in the better, in all cases.
Sep
14
comment Re-plotting items on a map
Thanks for your answer Aadaam. I'd considered a click-and-hold time based option but this does seem better. +1 for the very informative example
Sep
14
comment Re-plotting items on a map
@MattObee to answer your question regarding non drag-and-drop options we've not currently implemented a text only way of moving a marker but we'll need to consider one for accessibility
Sep
14
comment Re-plotting items on a map
Hi Monica/Matt - The left click action grabs the map to pan, but there is no static left click actions currently. In the future other ico types will require left click for further information windows. As far as density goes it's massively variable. There might be only one icon on screen at a time or there could be a cluster - these are the 2 most likely scenarios.
Sep
7
comment What approach should I use to let users “build” complex products?
+1 for citation link :)
Sep
7
comment How to make an interface look touchable?
I've seen people around and about assuming touch screen more and more recently. You get those kiosks with a screen and a keyboard and sometimes a trackball at train stations and the like, I see a lot of people poking the non-touchscreen displays. Maybe we're learning to assume touch is OK?
Sep
7
comment Why avoid the word “please” in error messages?
I'm not anti-MS at all, don't have emotional attachments to OS's like many do. I don't know WHY MS would care I'm merely wondering whether they're doing it for the sake of THAT UI that you're wording, or if they're doing it to try and solve the bigger problem of the word 'Please' becoming a cliché - all within the scope of "on a computer" - I'm not suggesting MS should be the custodian of the English Language's usage.
Sep
7
comment Why avoid the word “please” in error messages?
Interesting - do you think this might be MS's way of being a grammar nazi? Are they doing this for "The greater good" so that we all learn to use please properly or are they genuinely doing it with UX in mind?
Sep
5
comment What do you call that interfacing zone?
Oh I see, you mean the amount of active area differs between a fingerprint, a stylus end and a cursor point?
Sep
5
comment What do you call that interfacing zone?
Are you looking for a name that explains that the interface will differ with different input devices?
Sep
5
comment Should a website UI designer know Javascript/JQuery as well as HTML & CSS?
Possibly off-topic, unsure where to re-distribute to within SE so will leave to mods
Sep
4
comment Wireframes first or after rough visual design sketches?
Well put @AlexejFroehlich
Sep
4
comment Wireframes first or after rough visual design sketches?
I like to be, where possible, but I actually got in to UX from being a UI designer so on some projects I'm both. It means that as a UX person I can't blame the UI person and vice versa! Maybe I wouldn't use the word 'boss' as I put UX and visual on the same level, but yeah when I'm UX only their commands do come from me!
Sep
3
comment How should one prepare when doing a UX presentation to non-practitioners?
Could be worth a read: thenextweb.com/lifehacks/2012/09/02/…
Aug
31
comment Does any body have some statistics about the usage of scrollbar buttons(up and down) in a web page?
Sorry, didn't expect you to go looking. Link is really useful, thanks for posting. +1
Aug
31
comment Does any body have some statistics about the usage of scrollbar buttons(up and down) in a web page?
I'm amazed by these figures over using the scroll wheel. Is there any indication of how much scrolling was involved in the page? I tend to find users use scrollbar dragging when they need to go a 'long way' and the scroll wheel when they want to slowly scan the page at reading pace
Aug
29
comment What should be considered when launching a Wikipedia-esque site to make it as useful as possible?
Take a look at Wikimedia (The wikipedia people) as they provide an infrastructure you can use. Apart from that I can't offer any more except to use wikipedia as a baseline. Wikipedia is pretty all-encompassing and offers all users the ability to add and edit content - is there any reason you can't achieve whatever it is you're trying to achieve using wikipedia itself?
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
Agree completely. Having come from a dev background and now being a UXer I sometimes feel VERY guilty when I tell the devs how I need things to work. It rarely lasts.
Aug
28
comment How should one prepare when doing a UX presentation to non-practitioners?
Rather you than me! I think I'd be conscious to back everything up with citations - a lot of people think UX is made up BS! (then again a lot of people supported the Nazi party. People are stupid)
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
I did wonder that too. Auto-detecting the format is one thing, autocomplete for a field like this seems very odd!