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I am casually interested in user interface of software.

The quotes I like:

  • The best user interface is no user interface.
    (I do not know the source. I remember that I had read this in “About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design” by Alan Cooper (Wiley, 1995) but I do not know if this is his invention.)

  • When you don’t create things, you become defined by your tastes rather than ability. Your tastes only narrow & exclude people. So create.
    (By why the lucky stiff, the Ruby legend; see an impressive exposition by Jin Yang.)


Sep
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
30
awarded  Yearling
Oct
30
awarded  Yearling
Aug
19
comment Best wording for “edit X” button?
Oh, I see. Thanks for the clarification.
Aug
19
comment Best wording for “edit X” button?
I cannot say that I am tech-savvy, but I consider myself not very un-savvy. However, it would baffle me if a menu consists of items called “Manage Pages,” “Add/Edit Pages,” and “Pages,” because they all sound the same to me. Maybe I am missing something.
Aug
19
comment What affords scrolling?
In that case, I consider that affordance is associated with half-visible text, but probably this depends on how we look at things.
Aug
19
comment What affords scrolling?
Thanks, I did not know that there are many meanings of the term “affordance.” Which meaning are you referring to? I only knew the meaning described in the section “Affordances as perceived action possibilities” in the Wikipedia article, and I do not think that touch screen does not have this perceived affordance (it does not suggest that users can scroll).
Aug
19
comment What affords scrolling?
Although users can scroll the content by touch interfaces, I cannot see how touch interfaces can afford scrolling.
Aug
13
comment Filtering vs. Sorting?
I think that cowcat knows what filtering and sorting are, and is asking, say, when to provide the ability to filter laptops by price ranges and when to provide the ability to sort laptops by the price.
Apr
28
comment The missing “Folder Up” button in Windows Explorer in Vista and Win7
“if you should make a user think, depends on the application”: In my opinion, games are special in many aspects of user experiences. For example, games are sometimes designed to frustrate users (in an intended way). So I do not like to use games as an example of user experiences of ordinary (non-game) software. If the only good cases of making users think are games (I am not sure about this, but your examples suggest this possibility), then it is more accurate to say “you should not make a user think unless it is a game.”
Jan
4
comment Error message that always appears in the same place
Error messages disappearing in 5 seconds does not sound like a good idea.
Dec
13
revised Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)
edited tags
Dec
12
answered Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)
Dec
9
comment 'Exit' or 'Log Out' to leave your session.
Because the user exits the web app, I do not see why “exit” is incorrect, even though the user does not exit the web browser. Not that I oppose to “sign out” or “log out.”
Dec
2
comment Inline sharing URLs
Another example of “redundant” things is the “close this window” link.
Dec
2
awarded  Autobiographer
Nov
25
comment Error dialog for several parallel operations
“So the dialog would ideally be able to contain any number of messages, be updated dynamically, and each message item should be able to contain buttons.” I agree that this is one of the options, but I do not think that that window would be called “dialog box.”
Nov
24
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
23
comment Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?
Firefox has an option to open mailto: links in Gmail. However, most of the time, mailto: links surprise me. Fortunately mailto: links are rare recently.
Nov
20
comment Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?
Be careful. It is said that while this book debunks some of the false beliefs, it claims some other “astonishing” properties of the golden ratio which are untrue. (I have never read this book, though.) ams.org/notices/200503/rev-markowsky.pdf