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Jan
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comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
jfly.iam.u-tokyo.ac.jp/color has a color blind safe palette. I can't connect to the site right now, but there's a copy of the palette here: cookbook-r.com/Graphs/Colors_%28ggplot2%29, but you can consider dark/light contrast in addition to the red/green contrast as an option to make it easier to tell the difference.
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comment Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?
Horizontal writing is more common than vertical writing, and many Asian languages that were traditionally written vertically have switched to horizontal writing due to Western influences (maybe even because of computers). It could be that some early software on Japanese and Chinese computers used horizontal scrolling, but I couldn't really say, as the only times I've seen vertical writing in old software, is a few Japanese NES games which displayed pages instead of scrolling lines.
Jan
5
comment Should we be designing for touch first?
+1 for touch first, and adding in desktop functionality! I think anything that can be done with a hover, can be done with a button. The biggest problem is, such buttons (like tooltips for help) must be relatively small to not interfere with the design (think of the small question marks here on StackExchange). Small buttons/links are often hard to click on a mobile phone, especially if they are close to other buttons.
Jan
4
comment How can I differentiate Client-side vs. Server-side filters to the user?
I don't really see why the user would want two different date ranges where one is a sub-range of the other. Wouldn't it be faster for them to just give the smallest range, and more efficient for the database? On the client side, you could perhaps do some handling if they change the range, so that you don't download the same records again, though.
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comment Filtering and Sorting Names and Location
You definitely need to inform the user somehow. Preferably this shouldn't take up too much space or time though. Perhaps something similar to the help box that pops up and can be hidden in the answer text areas here on Stack Exchange could work.
Jan
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answered Filtering and Sorting Names and Location
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comment Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?
An interesting side note, though, is that earlier output was done on ticker tape, which is typically horizontally oriented. This was prior to screens being common, though.
Jan
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answered Why do webpages scroll vertically instead of horizontally?