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Nov
24
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
@LoganGoesPlaces: Whilst there's at least some logic in what you say (It's much better than "I don't want people to leave my site ...") I think having a rule that all external sites should open in a new window is a bit too black-and-white. The only case that I can really think of that justifies 'open in new window' is a list of links, many of which are highly likely to be opened, probably for later reference, whilst the containing page is very likely to be constantly open. For example: twitter.
Nov
24
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
I currently have to use an application involving text editing which has [OK] and [CANCEL] buttons about as close as in that example, exactly the same styling, with the OK button taking up about a third as much space as the CANCEL. Guess how often I accidentally click that CANCEL button losing all changes, and guess how much I despise the application as a result...
Nov
24
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Nov
24
comment Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?
Doesn't using the actual email address as the link label ("You can email me at [myemail@example.com]") indicate a mailto link clearly enough?
Nov
24
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Aug
23
answered Website Addresses - To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen ?
Aug
3
comment Examples of placebos in UI design?
Even if Gmail / MS Word autosaved after every single character change, my betting is there would still be a 'save' button and people would still use it.
Jul
29
comment Why is the common practice of sign in error message always mix the wrong username/password cases together?
Allan, that doesn't mean it isn't more friendly, though. I categorically agree with the questioner's implicit opinion that such messages are pretty unfriendly - many is the time I'm trying to login to an account and I can't remember if it needs a username in a certain format, if it's an email address, etc. At the very least, I think this should probably be an account option - "Yes, I'm confident that my password is secure enough, so don't worry about revealing that my username exists"
Jul
29
comment Why is the common practice of sign in error message always mix the wrong username/password cases together?
if your query REALLY is "select username from users where username='$username' and password='$password'", you have a whole other level of security hole!
Jun
25
comment Home button vs Logo link?
top left, surely?
Jun
25
comment Home button vs Logo link?
Whilst some kind of 'activation indication' on the logo link is beneficial, I'm not sure it should be a replacement for an additional, clearly labelled "Home" link (unless, as pointed out, the site's audience is very web-savvy). Adding a hover style still requires people to go and hover their pointer over the logo, and many simply will not try that.
Jun
22
comment Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?
So, would you recommend a context-specific sitemap, similar to Apple's (as Danny pointed out)? Their's even features 'breadcrumbs', and, by providing a few different 'mega footers', Apple - arguably - have solved the related info problem. Nothing related to 'Help', as such, although that's obviously very general/variable.
Jun
21
comment Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?
I guess one issue I have with this is the general problem with having hundreds of links on a page - that it's inconvenient for screen readers / keyboard users to skip through or past them. I guess the footer doesn't suffer from this problem as much, being the last element on the page.
Jun
21
comment Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?
Do you have an example of the "very similar link text"? That sounds bizarre.
Jun
21
answered A button with a link: understandable or confusing?
Jun
21
asked Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?
Feb
19
comment Do we still need text scaling links on websites?
There's a useful discussion of this issue here: 456bereastreet.com/archive/200709/…
Feb
12
comment Do we still need text scaling links on websites?
Are the results of those tests publicly accessible?
Feb
12
comment Do we still need text scaling links on websites?
Text scaling is a setting in Firefox, or a different menu action in IE. It's a pity that 'zoom' is the default for the very reason you give here.
Feb
9
comment Is a confirm email address field still considered a best practice?
Excellent advice - not sure why this wasn't upvoted - until now :) The 'type="email"' is actually from HTML5; obviously some vendors are already recognising it.