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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
Also, don't go to w3Schools :) w3fools.com
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
(I'll make allowances for IE11, but that's really a different topic than IE=<10)
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
@nadyne no, they are in the eye of security experts, web standards groups, web developers, web designers, etc. It's not a matter of opinion at this point. IE is inferior. some users may still prefer to use it, but that's a different question than asking why there is still a large IE user base. That user base isn't one based mostly on individuals preferring IE.
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
But to be serious, none of the above is based on biased browser preferences. It's based on the fact that IE has always been the buggier, less secure, less compatible option. That's not opinion. That's fact. some people may prefer IE for various other reasons...which is fine...but that's not the reason that IE still holds market share of any meaningful amount. The reasons for that are the above...it's tightly intertwined into bad IT decisions of the past.
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
@nadyne Also, I admit, 18 might have been a low estimate as to the number of Windows Phone Users. It could very well be in the mid-30s by now.
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
@nadyne I have been part of several organizations that have either built or bought the above for those very reasons. There aren't legitimate technical reasons to build IE-only solutions. Only to cut-corners.
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comment Why internet explorer is being used by many users
I think this question does have UX elements to it. Namely: why do people use inferior products when there are better, free alternatives? For better or worse, this is a good example of how 'build it and they will come' isn't necessarily true in the world of consumers.
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comment Maximum length of a UI element string
Are you asking for a list of other 'rules of thumbs' people have? Or are you asking to try and figure out if this particular rule of thumb is a good one? If the former, while certainly an interesting question--it's not one that fits Stack Exchange very well.
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comment Maximum length of a UI element string
What is your justification for this rule-of-thumb?
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comment Do professional web designers use Adobe software (such as Reflow)
To answer the question, yes: Lots of professionally built web sites are built with really crappy tools that produce really crappy code/markup (see also: SharePoint)
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comment Responsive Webdesign: How to reduce headlines, labels etc on smaller devices
Also, one reason to go responsive is to use a different column layout on mobile.
Apr
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comment Responsive Webdesign: How to reduce headlines, labels etc on smaller devices
I'd argue that if nitpicking is getting down to word wrapping, the focus may be lost on overall usability and an overly constrictive idea of aesthetic is now trumping.
Apr
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comment How to source the initial requirements for an app?
FWIW, I've never been part of a waterfall project that was also on budget. ;)
Apr
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comment When designing and coding websites, do people usually go with the “Design in Photoshop and Slice” method or is there another way?
@Izhaki while it's certainly debatable, I always argue that how a site is built (in terms of process) does play a huge role in the quality of the UX.
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
(and if the downvoter would care to explain, that's always helpful!)
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
@nadyne I completely agree that they are contextual--hence the suggestion in my answer that it's important to provide this context. In this particular case, though, I'd argue that the fact that there are labels on these icons makes the concerns moot to begin with. In context, these icons will have labels that clearly state what they are. :)
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
@TruthOf42 it's worth a shot, but icons sans any context are often not going to produce consistent interpretations. Icons aren't necessarily designed to communicate fully the function of the button. Instead, they are meant to represent a known function. Show 20 random people the icons on the PhotoShop toolbar, for example, and it's unlikely you'll get people to get anywhere close to naming the actual functionality each represents.
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
@nadyne I disagree. Hallway data is useful. It's different, but still useful. Iconography shouldn't vary terribly from one type of user to another (in fact, good iconography strives to be relatively universal whenever it can). Of course, asking the end users is always preferred, but I wouldn't discount other sources of feedback.
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
I guess I'm not following. Are you saying each icon will also have a label accompanying it?
Apr
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comment How to test icons with users?
That's not bad, but icons aren't always meant to be readily identifiable sans context. In other words, sometimes it's OK for an icon to be a learned element, rather than defacto intuitive. It all depends on the tool and the audience, of course, but I worry that you show 10 people an icon and ask them what it represents that you'll get 10 different answers.