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Senior UX Architect, Thermo Fisher Scientific


Aug
25
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
The problem with equating commas with pauses is that it's then easy to do the opposite and stick unnecessary commas in a sentence where the voice would pause. And, as @DavidRicherby points out, commas are about sentence structure, not pauses in speech.
Aug
22
comment “Your” vs “My” in user interfaces
I hate both "My" and "Your" so I appreciate your justification for using neither.
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
@trlkly mentions "some guides." The AP and Chicago guides are commonly used here in the US. Lots of businesses default to one of those if they don't have their own guide. It doesn't look like I can nicely paste URLs into a comment, so I'll leave it up to the interested parties to google them.
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
Yes, I was referring to the US. And again, I'd suggest you conform to the style guide for your company. But in (US) journalism and publishing, commas and periods are placed inside the quote. (Question marks and exclamations are outside when that makes logical sense, @David Richerby.) If I were setting a programming text I'd use something other than quotes (italics or bold, maybe) to specify code.
Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
It's a typographic standard, developed over the centuries. I don't have a logical reason for it; I suspect we do it because commas and periods look better tucked inside the quotes. (Look at professionally typeset works - NYT, books, magazines - and you'll see it all the time.)
Aug
22
answered Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
Aug
20
comment Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges (for North American web users)?
You ask specifically about readability. My assumption is that the typographic standards are in place because they've been evaluated for readability over the years.
Aug
20
comment Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges (for North American web users)?
That's true, @edeverett. Word apps sometimes convert to the right thing. And if you know the differences (and care about them) you know the magic key combos.
Aug
19
answered Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges (for North American web users)?
Aug
19
comment The design and implementation of the purely theoretical “self destruct” button
Yes, exactly. An Uninstall feature on steroids. Instead of irritating reminders to update your software, the OS could remind us that there are 20 apps we haven't used in the past 6 months. Would you like to remove them?
Jul
24
comment A standard / benchmark test for user familiarity or proficiency with computer technology in usability testing
Usually instead of asking about proficiency I'll ask about number of hours spent on the web, using MS Office, etc. That seems a better indicator of expertise than tester-estimates proficiency, which is very qualitative and easy to over/under estimate (as others have pointed out).
Jul
21
answered Should I personalise forms
Jul
21
answered What to do with the “last” button in pagination?
Jul
21
comment why are the names on sports jerseys in all caps
A quote from Miles Tinker, researcher, on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_caps : "All-capital print greatly retards speed of reading in comparison with lower-case type. Also, most readers judge all capitals to be less legible. Faster reading of the lower-case print is due to the characteristic word forms furnished by this type. This permits reading by word units, while all capitals tend to be read letter by letter." That is, those "short letters" allow us to read more easily because the word has a particular shape. They're an advantage, not a hindrance.
Jul
17
comment Sort order when I have events and products
Yes. Separate the types and sort each type appropriately. Good answer.
Jul
15
comment (When/How often/Where) should I show my admob insterstitial ads?
Splash screens aren't common anymore. Best to get rid of that and get your content in front of your users as soon as possible. For the same reason, you might not want to put full-screen ads in the flow at all. (If I click to see a joke and I see an ad instead, I'll close the browser window.)
Jul
3
comment Why most of the microphones are placed on the left of headsets / headphones?
I've been wearing my Plantronics headset with the mic on the right. I just now noticed I can wear it either way. Maybe some of your data points are ambidextrous headsets that people have chosen to wear to the left? (I'll switch to left - I keep bumping the mic when I go to adjust my glasses with my right hand.)
Jul
1
answered Force user to answer simple question before revealing two different inputs
Jul
1
answered How to gauge whether customers would use an advanced feature
Jun
26
comment incentives for user testing
Incentives bring in a lot more subjects. It pays to be not cheap when it comes to recruiting for a study. I recently did two studies, one without (I got a 1% response) and one with (7%).