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comment Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
@DA01: The existence of early typewriters with keys 2-9 in their present locations and no "1" anywhere is historical fact, as is the fact that "0" became commonplace before it was normal to have two keys to the left of the "2". That would necessitate "0" being located somewhere else. My mention of rotary phones was to suggest that typewriters are not the only thing that uses "1234567890", and should not be considered particularly unusual in that regard.
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answered Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
Apr
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answered Why are elevator doors always too small?
Apr
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comment Why to loosen always by rotating it counterclockwise and to tighten by rotating it clockwise?
On a related note, when disassembling things fastened with 19th-century wood screws, it's a good idea to keep the original screws since one is unlikely to find anything else to match the threads they've cut in the wood.
Apr
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comment Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?
@200_success: I think "terminate" would be equivalent to "kill -9", but would expect "force quit" to be more like an ordinary "kill".
Apr
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comment Dark or white color theme is better for the eyes?
@Shimmy: How many different colors of text or thin-line-graphic objects would you be able to easily distinguish against a white background?
Apr
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answered Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?
Mar
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comment How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
@O.R.Mapper: Okay; I knew French used 12h30 as notation for 12:30, but didn't know that some languages also add the "m". Still, even if "h/m/s" notation doesn't totally eliminate ambiguity with time-of-day in all languages, adding the "m" helps for many, and as noted will allow even German or Spanish speakers to guess that the "m" is minutes (and "h" is presumably the next larger unit, i.e. hours)
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comment How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
@O.R.Mapper: Would adding an m fix that? I think enough languages use "m" for minutes that most people would be able to figure out what "1h23m", "1m23s", and "1h23m45s" meant even if their own language's word for "hours" started with an "S", "o", or some other letter.
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comment How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
An advantage of the left approach is that it makes clear that the duration is in fact hours and minutes; saying that the duration of a video presentation is 1:45 may be less clear than saying that it's 1h30m or 1m30s.
Mar
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answered How to use “Like” vs “Dislike” ratings correctly?
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comment If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown
@Okavango: My point is that many awkward situations can be avoided by labeling the default as "unspecified/other" and regarding as a valid choice rather than a null value. Since having the default behave as a valid choice is often no more difficult (it's often easier) than having it behave as null, it's good to handle it the same as any other choice absent a particular reason to do otherwise. My point isn't that one should bend over backward to handle the awkward situations, but rather the opposite: if one can do something easy to avoid an awkward situation, one won't have to handle it.
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comment If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown
@Okavango: [see above comment as well] A point I think many UI designers fail to consider is that what's more troublesome than having many choices is having choices that aren't quite "right". Although increasing the number of choices may generally increase the number of users for whom the most accurate selection would be ambiguous, it is the latter quantity, rather than the number of users, which is problematic. Someone who has to pick whether a peach-colored car is "orange" or "tan" may have a hard time choosing; allowing "other/unspecified" as a choice would ease the decision.