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May
20
answered Is there ever a requirement to allow text to be underlined when it's not a link or a header
May
19
comment Is there a good alternative to zebra stripes when rows use drag-and-drop reordering?
If one can make existing rows move smoothly to their new locations once the drag and drop is complete, how about having the rows move while the stripes stay put?
May
19
comment Why should text be non-selectable?
More generally, disable selection of some text if clicking that text would have a useful meaning which shouldn't disturb any existing selection.
May
8
answered Why do styles guides have what not to do?
May
4
comment Do American users also confuse the day and the month in dates like 01/02/2013
@Izkata: Order ambiguity with YYMMDD would only be an issue if the earliest possible date was between January 1, 1900 and December 30, 1931. If the earliest date could go further than that, specifying the century would be appropriate in any case, in which case YYYYMMDD would be essentially unambiguous given that YYYYDDMM is never used. A date of the form 18xxyyzz, 19xxyyzz or 20xxyyzz, with yy being 12 or less, could only sensibly would be YYYYMMDD unless it represented a year prior to 1300.
Apr
21
comment Should I redirect the user if there's only one search result, or still show the results list?
What would you think of the idea of indicating that there was one found record, showing a link to a page just for the record (as would be done for each search result if there had been many) but then underneath that show the record that was found? Aside from some vertical screen space (which could be reclaimed by clicking the link if necessary) the result would be essentially as useful s going directly to the page, but without disrupting normal UI patterns.
Apr
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Apr
19
reviewed Reject and Edit Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
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19
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Apr
17
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Apr
17
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.
Apr
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Apr
16
answered Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
Apr
7
answered Why are elevator doors always too small?
Apr
7
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
2
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".