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Mar
4
comment Do people really read parallax scrolling homepages?
What do you mean exactly by "traditional" homepage? A wall of text with some spec tables sprinkled around?
Mar
2
comment Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
All TV remotes have their power on the top, a 3x3 digit keypad with the lower numbers on top, and below that keypad are the volume buttons and channel buttons and other sorted buttons. They all have strikingly similar basic layouts even when they come from different manufacturers. Do they copy each other?
Feb
18
comment Designing for Perpetual Beginners
General advices are always for the general case, if the advice doesn't apply to your situation the it doesn't apply.
Oct
5
comment Is a book more user friendly than an e-book?
@ColinSharpe: can you get a popup story book in an ebook format? Can you get an interactive, multimedia story book in paper format? Just because we both use spoons for the soup doesn't mean that either of us is wrong when I used a spoon to eat a cheesecake while you used a fork for the same.
Oct
5
comment Is a book more user friendly than an e-book?
paper is easily sharable. Yes just mail it through your friendly local post office and hopefully it will arrive two weeks later.
Oct
5
comment Is a book more user friendly than an e-book?
@JonW: I'm sure people will be complaining about the lost 'souls' from reading ebooks once/if we have developed a technology to download information directly to your mind.
Aug
22
comment Is email field assistance still necessary?
@forthrin: quite the contrary, I'll be less inclined to fill in my real email address on a registration form. With contact form, I'm generally interested in a reply (might still not put in real email address if I just want to drop anonymous note, but that rarely happens), with registration, I'm only interested in getting whatever it is I'm registering for and if I can get by without providing real email address, then it shouldn't ask for email.
Aug
21
comment Is email field assistance still necessary?
The 1 in 15 thing, I think is irrelevant. If your form has mandatory email field, but I don't see a need why you should have my email address, I'll type in trash that looks like email address to parsers, but isn't actually my email address. The solution to this is not by validating email address, but by not asking in the first place or making it optional and show why it is in my best interest to include my email address.
Aug
17
comment What is the difference between web design and front-end development?
If you see these terms as job titles, then you really have to ask them what they meant with these because they are rarely used in the strict, textbook definitions. People whose titles are Web Designer role are often asked to code while Front-end Developers are also often asked to design. It varies widely from place to place.
Aug
14
comment Designing a password/authentication system usable for young children in a classroom
@MichaelLai: yes, this is for an actual system (though since the system is already half implemented, what is learnt here may not end up in the final implementation). One of my colleagues who were an educational researcher said, many systems sidesteps this issue by not collecting any data in the system (e.g. submissions are paper-based, profiles are only per-session), there are also another system that basically accepts the burden for teachers to reset passwords, and another that makes the teacher know everyone's passwords. Nothing that we know of have a satisfactory solution.
Aug
14
comment Should the middle mouse button close tabs?
@MarjanVenema: contrary to your experience, I have not been able to find any two-button mice in the recent years. All mouses/touchpads I can find always have a scroll wheel/button. Nowadays, I wouldn't be able to live with a mouse that doesn't have a scroll wheel/button.
Aug
9
comment How to make font that clearly distinct “b” and “d” without sacrificing legibility
I don't think this will work well on smaller texts.
Aug
8
comment On a news website, should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default?
For news website in particular, I think ordering results by date alone is counter productive. If I want to search among recent news, I'd be better off browsing the list of recent news. I'd typically only use the search function in a news site to look for something in the old archives.
Aug
8
comment On a news website, should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default?
+1. OP need to distinguish between "textual relevancy" (a statistical analysis of the frequency of search keyword in text) and "actual relevancy" (an ordering rule that is specifically designed to optimize the goal of the task at hand). Actual relevancy typically incorporate textual relevancy, recency, popularity among similar searchers, among various other metrics.
Jul
27
comment Submit and Reset button, what's the best order?
@JonW: I think "Reset first" and "submit button on the right" are the same thing, I'm not quite sure what you're unsure about. I think the claim that moving to the right is easier is questionable though.
Jun
26
comment Long loading bar vs. short loading bar?
I'm not quite sure if this answer applies, people do not read progress bar, they scan it. I'd guess that the peripheral vision might be sufficient to understand a progress bar.
Jun
18
comment Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?
For variety, Vim uses a plus (+) sign after the file name to indicate modified document.
May
5
comment Differences between iOS and Android GUIs
One quote I've heard (though I can't remember from whom) is that if you borrow someone else's Android phone you'll most likely not be able to make sense of its home screen. Just like cooking at someone else's kitchen, the way cooking appliances are organized makes sense only to the owner because it's heavily personalized to how they used the kitchen. You need to own your own Android device and arrange things to your own liking to be able to properly assess Android's usability; borrowing someone else's won't give you an accurate perception.
May
5
comment Card sort with 'Don't know' group
You could put a limit, say 3 don't knows per person per session or 5 active don't knows per person at any one time.
May
3
comment What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?
The variation between the guidelines is mostly due to differing pixel densities I'm pretty sure most of the guidelines are measuring in "device independent pixels", which may or may not corresponds to physical pixels