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answered Button for “Play, but from beginning” for a scrubber UX
Jan
17
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Nov
9
comment Why touch screens?
Has there been much effort to evaluate the relative usefulness of multi-touch touchpads versus touch-screens? Touchscreens have the advantage that selection of a sufficiently-large object is a one-step process, but operating a pointer with a touchpad offers additional interaction possibilities and avoids having the operator's hand block the view of the things being interacted with.
Oct
29
comment Marquee or Ellipsis for song name in music player?
I'd suggest "Stack Excha...read mix)". Both the leading and trailing portions of the name are likely to contain useful information; it may be hard to guess exactly how to balance content from those portions, but showing a little of both seems better than only doing one or the other.
Oct
20
comment Is there a UX pattern for “drop-down preferred but free text allowed”?
How about having the pop-up just display a few choices, with no scroll bar, but with "More..." and "Add new..." as additional choices. Clicking "More..." would expand the control and add scroll bars if they're still needed, but "Add new..." would be available without scrolling in any event.
Oct
17
comment Should date pickers for meetings offer the ability to schedule a meeting for 0 minutes?
...expected to take less than 30 seconds if everyone shows up promptly. Saying 0 minutes would seem more natural than trying to guess the exact number of seconds.
Oct
17
comment Should date pickers for meetings offer the ability to schedule a meeting for 0 minutes?
I would suggest a useful and concrete meaning for "soft duration" vs "hard duration": a hard duration would block out a person's schedule for the entire time, while a soft duration would require that no other event completely cover it. If the sometime is going to be available from 1:01 to 1:29, one may need to ensure that one doesn't schedule a single event from 12:30 to 2:00, but could schedule an event from 12:30 to 1:15 and another from 1:15 to 2:00. On the other hand, I think 0 minutes has a useful non-soft meaning. One might have a "meeting" for a group picture which is...
Sep
24
comment Is a star rating more user-friendly and valuable than a simple up/down vote model?
@MattCoubrough: I'd say a good rating system should have separate ways of saying "I don't know whether or not this item is the greatest thing ever, but it's certainly decent", "this item is decent, but definitely not the greatest thing ever", and "this item is the greatest thing ever" [and likewise for negative opinions]. If an item acquires a large base of users who know it's decent but can't say anything beyond that, a knowledgeable person who sees that may be more prone to offer more detailed feedback than if the support were not recognizably both broad and weak.
Sep
18
comment Should read-only text appear as plain text or in a read-only textbox?
Even if label text is copyable via mouse, labels can't generally get focus, so many techniques that could be used to select all the text in a box won't work on a label.
Sep
18
answered Should read-only text appear as plain text or in a read-only textbox?
Sep
11
comment Cursor position and movement in Bidi Input.
@jonshariat: I've often thought that a logical approach would be to require that at any given time the system be switched to RTL or LTR mode, and any text written in the other mode would essentially behave as uneditable picture elements until the mode was switched. Would that be overly cumbersome if there were a single keystroke to switch each way? It would certainly seem to simplify many design issues.
Aug
14
answered Is there any reason to send “no-reply” emails?
Aug
5
comment Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?
@StijndeWitt: For places where it's necessary to flush cold water from the hot line before hot water becomes available, I would think a device that severely curtailed output flow above a certain temperature would be far less wasteful than one which enforces a minimum hot/cold mix; indeed, such a device could yield optimal water usage if the user turned on full hot, waited for the shower to cut output to a trickle, then dialed in a suitable temperature and waited for the output to come back on and got in.
Aug
5
comment Why does the fridge thermostat have an inverted scale?
@peppe: Even if the designers of my fridge thought so, I don't think the word "cold" is indicative of the highest-temperature end of a device's operating range. I can't think any single word that's really good, but I think "less cold" would be relatively unambiguous.
Aug
4
comment Why do most smartphones need to hold the power button in order to startup?
@SNag: Can you think of any reason why holding the power button down for a long time would be required even on phones which flip shut? I've always preferred phones that flip shut to those that hope nothing will trigger erroneous actions while they're in a pocket or bag, every phone I've had, even the ones that flip shut, required an annoyingly long button push to turn on.
Jul
30
comment When should bold, italics, and colour be used to draw attention in a sentence?
Characters next to highlighted text should have their formatting determined by visual considerations. Italic or oblique text followed by an upright roman exclamation mark, for example, can look really bad!
Jul
24
comment Why do web sites display dates in an inaccurate representation e.g. “a year ago”?
@acbabis: Going one digit beyond the decimal conveys approximate month/season, and is more compact than e.g. "Aug 2013". Going more than that doesn't help much, because the next logical subdivisions (month and week) aren't decimal subdivisions of a year. more helpful would be "23.1 months ago".
Jul
24
revised What's the purpose of “This page is intentionally left blank” we see in books?
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Jul
24
comment Why do web sites display dates in an inaccurate representation e.g. “a year ago”?
In many cases, a story's time would be described as "A summer evening some years ago". The month and hour are expressed with more precision than the year or day, even though "hour" is a finer unit of measure than "day". Expressing the time as "7.1 years ago" would convey some information about the season; "about 7 years ago" would say nothing useful in that regard.
Jul
23
comment What to do if the requirements for an action are suddenly not met anymore?
Why no "cancel" button? I would think "Cancel" should return the user to the configure-new-game screen, in case the user notices how the new game is configured and wants to adjust his settings as a consequence?