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Apr
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comment Which is better: radio-buttons or error message?
Using de-selectable radio buttons would be even more confusing. Most radio button groups that people will encounter allow to have one and exactly one selected. Most UI guidelines support this (see the links I found on another thread: nngroup.com/articles/checkboxes-vs-radio-buttons, msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa511488.aspx, developer.gnome.org/hig-book/3.6/controls-radio-buttons.html.en). So if the 2 checkboxes are both optional and not required, either keep using them, or use 3 radio buttons or a 3-item combobox (Option 1, Option 2, None).
Apr
6
comment Which is better: radio-buttons or error message?
Well, is it mandatory to select exactly one of the two options? or can the user leave both checkboxes unchecked? If the two options are not mandatory, I believe replacing the two checkboxes by two radio buttons is not enough. A better alternative, is either use a 3 radio buttons (Snapshot, Use Host GPU, and None), or use a combobox with the same 3 options, so that the user cannot make any mistake at all.
Aug
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comment iTunes, iOS and Apple inconsistent about GB vs GiB
Looking at the screenshot, it looks to me that both numbers are expressed in the same base/unit: 32GB is the initial hardware capacity, and 28.08GB is the remaining capacity after it has been formatted.
Jul
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May
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comment How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?
@JohnGB aaah, I see what you mean. I didn't know about the V referring to "into" ;) But I think what Peter Tseng meant with "mnemonic" was the same meaning as in many GUI framework (e.g. Swing). It is maybe a bit technical here and may not be used to retain information, but rather for quick keyboard navigation: in this case, the term "mnemonic" would refer to the letter underlined in menus, forms, etc.. Maybe Peter Tseng can enlighten us about it? :)
May
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comment How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?
@JohnGB Shortcuts and mnemonics are not related as they serve for different purposes. The mnemonic letter may be different than the one used in the shortcut. For instance, in English, the shortcut is for "Paste" is CTRL+V and the mnemonic is 'P'. In French, it is translated as "Coller": the shortcut is still CTRL+V, but the mnemonic letter is most often 'o'. Same goes for Undo, Redo", Cut, etc. While shortcuts don't translate well (as you mentioned), mnemonics actually do. But regarding the original question, I don't know if there is any standard in presenting them in the different languages.
May
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comment How should keyboard mnemonics be localized?
I believe there is a difference between shortcut and mnemonics. Shortcuts (CTRL+X, +C, +V, etc.) don't translate well indeed. But mnemonics are the little underlined characters for menus and popup menus and they are called via ALT+F, +O, etc. These need to be translated because they really depend on the localized text they refer to. I guess the way to present it depends on the GUI framework being used (underlined character for roman-alphabet languages, in parenthesis mnemonic after label, etc.).
Dec
15
comment Placement of Buttons in Touch Screen Scenario
Be careful with those links, as they mostly apply to regular desktop/web applications. And the eye ball movement is less relevant for mobile (small) devices. Just like the other answers suggested, I would rather go for platform consistency (your second link), and/or consider how reachable are the buttons are (see the diagrams in Luke W's post).
Dec
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Dec
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comment Why is Facebook using two Form styles in their homepage?
Yes, I believe there is a little confusion here. I think the original question, before being re-edited was actually about the use of the dark colors in the controls, and not about the difference between the "log in" and "sign up" forms... the dark colored controls are native controls. On Mac OS, you will see the regular combobox with Mac OS style, for instance.
Dec
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comment Why is Facebook using two Form styles in their homepage?
Are you talking about the difference of layout between the "log in" and the "sign up" forms (labels outside vs inside the textboxes)? or the two different themes that are used in the page (regular page vs the dark gray)? It seems that the dark gray controls are native controls and they match your system theme. I'm not sure about all the technical stuff in web design, but are you running on Linux? maybe you have a problem in your browser?
Nov
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comment What are the job titles of people who design how software should look and feel?
I fully agree the answer from Benny. You may take a look to the following links: The Five Competencies of User Experience Design and UX Design Defined.
Nov
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Nov
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comment Alert window, navigating to the right button
Yes, in the "Keyboard" settings of the "System Preferences", you can turn "Full Keyboard Access" mode to IN. It is OFF by default, what allows you to move the focus with TAB to text boxes and lists only. This has been in Mac OS for a many many years now. The question is then, why it is off by default? maybe because too few users need it? or too many applications use custom controls and do not handle it well/completely? However, note that pressing the ENTER key will still trigger the default button, even if it is not focused! (use SPACE instead)
Nov
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revised What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?
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answered What design should I use to represent multi-touch video controls?
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revised Best way of selecting one option and a list
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