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Jan
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awarded  Yearling
Jul
3
comment Change the UI design step by step or at one go?
@KitGrose Hah ha! Context is a devil isn't it? I enjoy the discussion but for the sake of any user that might stumble upon this later, ill cease the waffle shaking - Simply put: if fundamental user interaction is significantly changed by way of burgeoning serverside finesse (or a reduction of), then incremental improvement makes no sense. Conversely, if the serverside function/processing/computing abilities are piecemeal - you need to accommodate these via piecemeal interface improvements. Worse yet, where to draw the line is up to you(the designer) within your environment and audience,
Jul
3
comment Change the UI design step by step or at one go?
@KitGrose i would agree only to an extent. Runkeeper has seen many revision to it's iOS app. Color schemes, icons, IA visual hierarchy, etc... and each time their incremental uplifts were / have been until recently approached with a heavy hand. A "native app" is very much more sensitive to sudden, significant changes, because users internalize the familiarity of use much more so - as such , subtle, continual alteration makes much sense. Nothing is more frustrating than re-training a thumb :)
Jul
3
comment Change the UI design step by step or at one go?
@KitGrose i disagree. CNN did a wonderful job retooling their site over the course of 8 or 9months in 2012. The site is still an informational cluster F@#% but visually, the incremental approach was enacted very well. It can be done, but its important to discern what is changing - if it's just lipstick on a pig, then do it incrementally, however if it fundamentally changes user interaction and approach - might be better off with the whole enchilada
Jun
16
revised What is the best way to confirm something has been copied?
Solid, concise answer, Alexey. I would argue that "the operation is a common one to the user" is ambiguous in it's vocabulary so i felt necessary a better explanation of what your intentions with that item were. Great answer!
Jun
16
comment Can we do better than CAPTCHA?
Bevan : well put. Only concern is that this model assumes JS and a user without accessibility issues. Many users with accessibility issues are actually very proficient web users and their "pace" might be significantly faster (due to their mastery of tools) than an average user. Likewise sequence might not adequately reflect "what you would expect" either depending on your markup.
Jun
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suggested suggested edit on What is the best way to confirm something has been copied?
Jun
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awarded  Editor
Jun
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revised What is a primary noun table?
I just wanted to add some real world context and implication behind the excellent definition
Jun
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suggested suggested edit on What is a primary noun table?
Jun
5
comment Any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by default view instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search?
Sure Jon, however I am very much not a pro in terms of ADA compliance, but here goes: users of "technology" are vast and varied. Many brilliant people have trouble with what "you or I" take for granted : using a mouse, using our fingers to interface with a touch screen, and much more - are actually very difficult tasks for many. Without going into every bit of minutia - when a website "takes control" and forces a user's interaction (without the user requesting that automation) it causes additional interactions which are not only unnecessary but also frustrating. Sometimes, the user knows best.
Jun
5
answered Best to have color scheme match or compete with the bezel on a mobile device?
Jun
5
comment Are there unambiguous words for alert boxes?
"Yes" - however it depends on the context. "Ok" and "Cancel" work very well in some situations and not so much in others. Ironically : your question is as ambiguous as the terminology you are trying to address. A specific example might yield better results.
Jun
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answered Any reason not to programmatically put the cursor in the search box by default view instead of forcing the user to click before writing the search?
Apr
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answered Syntax conventions for search terms: wildcard, literal, options, etc
Jan
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comment Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus
the rationalizing of the drawer as a "roadsign" is somewhat strange. If you are scripting the drawer/ mega nav to display a breadcrumb when not being interacted with, sure. But if a user is expected to interact with the drawer to simply "figure out where they are in the site" - then the site has much greater usability issues than simply "drop down or drawer" discussion.
Jan
30
comment Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus
Revisiting this - this is counter intuitive to what navigation interaction is : A Change of Context. Why would you want to suggest to a user that their navigation is secondary to what you "want" them to see? In practice this approach (obela's) is not really better nor worse but rather confusing - if you "make space" in the dom - it should be to provide modal information --- not to "let a user scroll after they got lazy" - i have 135 characters left from here: All interactions should benefit discovery - trying to salvage content does not fit into that unless that content is targeted.
Jan
30
comment Small form, big page
These comments are ridiculous (Sam Pierce's is fine - and i +1 it.). Ok @ Mike M : How do you acquire these "widgets" (i use that term because they are an amalgamation of data and design - quote me on that one ) ? Do you have other options for parsing data or are these "portlets you put on a portal template?" the prior or the later - dont matter I have suggestions but it's important to understand what you are working with
Jan
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comment Small form, big page
Lookchin might have finesse of language deficit. JonW - Youtube and Twitter... do you actually understand WHY they are apps instead of simply websites? Chris N - good comment :)
Jan
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answered Updating users data from a different system and presenting this to them