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I wear entrepreneur, product manager and software developer hats, depending on the day. I work mostly in browser languages, and a little python. I like information visualization and knowledge discovery problems and solutions.


Aug
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awarded  Yearling
Mar
11
comment Text vs Icon (Opens in a New Window)
It's relatively apparent that icon was chosen so that it fit within the line height of the link text; I'm not sure that makes the definitive resolution to the argument as you purport, but no matter. You'll agree (yes?) that OP should ultimately test more than one option with users and determine which will be most aesthetic and accessible for his/her audience.
Feb
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jan
31
comment Text search and tags living in one single line
It's a good question to consider, and an great question for here. Anti-patterns are important as they too help inform best practices.
Jan
30
comment Text search and tags living in one single line
And, let me be more firm in my conviction - I don't think combining the two is a good idea. I would recommend keeping them separate, though related, activities, the execution of which is triggered by the joint search button.
Jan
30
comment Text search and tags living in one single line
You offer both because pressing enter will not be obvious to everyone, and it indicates that an action is expected. Also, a user may select only tags, but will still need to trigger the filtering/searching action.
Jan
30
comment Text search and tags living in one single line
Depending on the dominant language of your users, the enter button traditionally goes at the end of the line -- if it's (Spanish, Catalan, Italian? I'm sorry I'm not very good with romance languages), the button should generally go on the right. Buttons on the left are commonly used for drop-down menus. Also, I rewrote my answer after considering your question -- not sure if combining them is really the way to go.
Jan
30
revised Text search and tags living in one single line
Rewrote answer based on a second consideration.
Jan
30
answered Text search and tags living in one single line
Jan
29
comment Text vs Icon (Opens in a New Window)
Except this is for a web site, not for files on the operating system, which are two very different UX contexts. PDFs are a standard brand on the web, and that logo has been the common mark for them for decades. In the US, facial tissue is commonly called "Kleenex". Doesn't matter whether it's technically correct, it's colloquially used because it has the widest reach and recognition.
Jan
29
comment Text vs Icon (Opens in a New Window)
@bfred.it, interesting thought, but better to stick to the trademark owners style guides. Also, I'd argue that adding a text link as such doesn't necessarily add anything other than making a style choice. I can't find an example of the PDF logomark that looks much different from either above.
Jan
28
comment How to format tables with monetary data?
I would also note, optimize scanning for the direction you want users to read. If they should read horizontally, shading should alternate row-by-row and column dividers absent or only included for specific reasons, such as (sub)totals. In Roger's excellent example above, it's obvious that we're to read vertically for the same reasons.
Jan
28
answered Chronological table : title column on the left or right?
Jan
28
comment What do you think about guest checkout in a web app for pre-order food for a certain time in a restaurant?
@MatteoVacca, commented again above - your question seems to be about minimizing risk, and the three answers to your question so far are trying to explain aspects of how to do that.
Jan
28
revised What do you think about guest checkout in a web app for pre-order food for a certain time in a restaurant?
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Jan
28
revised Is it ok to have command links or buttons within a step on a wizard?
Updating given new information from comments in other answer
Jan
28
comment Is it ok to have command links or buttons within a step on a wizard?
@DaveHaigh That is an important distinction. Your instructional text says "Clicking authorize will check if you have the rights". It does not say "Clicking authorize will check if you have the rights and lock in your choice," which is what it sounds like you're doing. Decision points should probably own their own panels. Alternative 4 in that case is the better choice, and your instructions need to be clear what clicking the Done/Authorize button will actually do, lest they think they're just testing a domain.
Jan
28
comment Is it ok to have command links or buttons within a step on a wizard?
Quite true re: the instructions. In the specific case above, I'd have simply placed the field, and a button named "confirm"; the relationship would be apparent to nearly all users. Those choices are of course up to the OP, but the general case (can I put a button here) I think we're relatively agreed on, yes?
Jan
28
comment Show approximate time to complete on a form?
Glad I could help
Jan
27
comment What do you think about guest checkout in a web app for pre-order food for a certain time in a restaurant?
Commented a bit in the answer - as you're intuiting, it's not enough to send the user a confirmation that payment was accepted. Your system needs to send them a verification email first, or someone needs to call them. When they verify, the payment is locked in. Otherwise, nullify the payment.