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http://agiletribe.wordpress.com/ - my blog on programming practices and usability.

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Dec
10
awarded  Excavator
Nov
21
comment Are there any good guidelines to how many passwords a user can safely remember?
Thanks for advice on proper password handling and suggesting a scheme for remembering all the various passwords. The intent of the question, though, was to come up with a number of passwords that would be considered reasonable for a standard user.
Nov
14
asked Are there any good guidelines to how many passwords a user can safely remember?
Oct
8
comment Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
3nafish is right. I am assuming "cloud software" which is fairly well at home on the web in general, but focus on the UI/UX decision to make little JS windows inside the browser, as opposed to simply spawning windows/tabs. GMail and Google Maps are good examples: no little JS windows, I can link to anything I see, and I can have as many instance windows open as I want. Some designers choose to do this in JS windows ... and I personally find it far less effective with the exact same functionality.
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Aug
19
awarded  Student
Jul
9
answered specific vs generic error messages
Jun
7
comment Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
These are mostly non-modal windows. These windows break the REST oriented functionality of the web because they are not addressable with an URL. The developers implementing either don't know, don't care, or purposefully work against the REST functionality of the web. Yes, it is a rant, (sorry) but not just one single implementation: it is a trend and I know at least 6 independent cases of this problem, and I suspect there are many more.
May
21
comment Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
OK, maybe there is no saving the monopolies -- but I see lots of small development and custom applications taking the same approach. Also had experience with a Indian development team that insisted on taking this approach because it was considered to be a proper GUI approach. They had learned GUI guidelines in Visual Basic, and wanted to implement the same thing on the web. Only ... it does not really work as well there. What studies have been done that support this with evidence?
May
21
comment Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
That is what I am thinking: JS windows should follow design rules appropriate for pop-up dialog boxes: the page is context for the work, and sometimes you need to interact with the user without losing the context. e.g. inserting a hyperlink into a document might involve a dialog box for getting the address. However, I am talking about examples that go far beyond pop-up dialog rules: they allow opening multiple document windows, moving, resizing, overlapping, in some cases minimize/restore capability. These look like MDA paradigm ... in a browser. Is there any study of how this is bad idea?
May
21
awarded  Commentator
May
21
comment Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
@DA01 - yes exactly, their business model is not sensitive to usability, however I believe they would aim for better usability if the data was there. jfriend00 - no, this is nothing to do with popup blockers, or with a UI that proactively opens windows. Bookmarking has nothing to do with popup, and "open in a new window" is a user option, not something forced on you.
May
21
asked Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser
May
15
comment Does “Don't Break The Back Button” Apply To Web Applications?
I am feeling exactly the same way that you express here. But where is the backing literature on this? Is there an organized list of the things that will be wrong? My company keeps investing in more flash-based SaaS application which have no respect for REST -- but they look visually good and that is what the purchasing managers buy. Can you help list resources explaining why these applications are poor usability?
Jan
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
31
answered How to communicate web design mockup specifications to front-end developers?
Mar
31
revised What to do if a user attempts to login via facebook when they've never registered?
expanded
Mar
31
answered What to do if a user attempts to login via facebook when they've never registered?
Feb
23
comment Is there ever a circumstance where the user should be notified of a user interface no-op?
Good point. I think there is a distinction between a "failure" and a "message". I agree that as a user there are situations that I want to know that a change occurred, but that does not mean that the operation failed. However from usability it would be friendly to let them know that nothing happened. Imagine that you type rm folder/* when there are no files in the folder. No files were actually deleted. Is it a failure? Its easy to imagine that the user just wanted to make sure that the folder was empty, and so it is actually success. A "verbose" parameter might be needed.
Jan
23
revised What guidelines exist for designing UIs?
an additional, essentially identical list, but updated with some more links