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comment Is the folder structure dying?
@immibis: I wonder why utilities like that don't include an option to maintain a list of the hashes of the files it has processed, and--upon finding that two files have the same hash--check if they're bit-wise identical and avoid the duplication if so?
Jul
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comment Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?
@JonasDralle: In many cases, the primary purpose of showing disabled buttons rather than hiding them altogether is not to convey information, but to visually reserve space. The fact that the space does not contain a usable button is generally more important than the nature of the active button that it sometimes (but not presently) contains.
Jul
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comment Is the folder structure dying?
@JDługosz: What exactly does POSIX require with regard to hard links? If the system implemented links which were different from file entries, but from the point of view of POSIX operations looked the same (and automatically updated when files moved, and guarded files that would otherwise be deleted), would that be legitimate, or does POSIX require that they be indistinguishable in every way?
Jul
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comment Is the folder structure dying?
@Falco: Given that FAT32 is used by nearly all digital cameras, I'd say it deserves to be called a "major file system" and it has no concept of hard links. I'm not sure if NTFS has hard links which are indistinguishable from an original file reference. Were I designing a file system today, I don't think I'd include Unix-style hard links that were indistinguishable from normal files, though I might include a form of "link to file that has no "normal" rooted reference", and provide a means of "moving" such a file to a normal location.
Jul
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comment Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?
Something like a disabled "Continue" button would indicate to users that they can't continue, but in many cases disabled controls will be irrelevant to what the user is currently doing, and will be showing rather than hidden not for purposes of making them "visible" per se, but rather to have them serve as placeholders which call less attention to themselves than gaps would.
Jun
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answered Are two toggle buttons better than a tri-state switch?
Jun
15
answered Does drawing a dash across the numeral 7 (seven) increase readability?
Jun
8
comment Is a grayscale bar a bad way of showing temperature?
I remember being confused by why the fridge wouldn't get cold enough no matter how far I turned the dial toward the left end, which was marked "COLD", until I realized the other end was marked "COLDER". A wedge may be reasonable for a heating appliance (wider means hotter), but the meaning may be less clear with a cooling appliance.
Jun
8
answered When offering a choice of two items and selecting both is an option, is it better to use checkboxes or radio buttons?
May
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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
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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.
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reviewed Reject and Edit Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
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revised Why is the 0 next to 9, not next to 1?
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