1,387 reputation
512
bio website fiveminuteargument.com
location England, United Kingdom
age 36
visits member for 3 years, 11 months
seen Jun 7 at 8:31
todo

Jan
9
comment Is there ever a good reason to force opening a new browser window?
@DA01: Doesn't the default behaviour for new tab handle that correctly? Is it similar to the previous comment - i.e. empty tab gets left behind?
Feb
13
comment Search Icon vs Search Input Box - Both Require One Click/Touch: Which to use?
"an icon takes up considerably less space" - this sounds rather worrying to me. If you're really concerned about the difference in space taken up by a search box versus. a search icon, I suspect the "iA and navigation hurdles" of which you speak are the ones to tackle first rather than worrying about this issue.
Jan
31
comment Autocomplete returns more than X records
You won't get a better answer than this one.
Dec
8
comment What errors should users never experience?
@Leon: totally agree. I was going to make that a much longer comment by talking about failovers (try saving the document somewhere else? try saving to a different filesystem / the cloud / etc?) but just went with the "quick example" for the sake of brevity ;-) There's definitely a crossover here with things like 'autosave' and other usability improvements that stop the user from having to understand how a computer works in order to fulfil their task.
Dec
8
comment What errors should users never experience?
I think Leon is trying to distinguish between an error and a message. If a document fails to save, you don't want the application to say "Error writing bytes to filesystem" or anything remotely technical. Instead, a clear message should be given, along the lines of "Your document could not be saved, please try again" (although even that's not great, just a quick example off the top of my head ...)
May
5
comment Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?
@Chris That's really good advice, thanks very much. Do you have any references to back that up? I believe you 100% and it's common sense, but I might need to convince others!
Jan
19
comment Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?
@Charles I can't think of many cases where those might be confused or would represent different actions
Jan
19
comment What are some good User Interface words/phrases
Terms like 'modal dialog' are likely to be understood by programmers, but will rarely be understood by the average user.
Jan
10
comment Learning Curves on experimental sketches.
I haven't tried IE9 yet, but I'll take your word for it! I agree that there can be some edge cases w.r.t. UI where creativity and experimentation can be beneficial. However, I think those are rare cases, and your application should only experiment with its domain as opposed to that of the OS.
Dec
16
comment How to create bands of number ranges for a field?
Looks quite good, but isn't there an error in your example? It should be 80 and above in the last line, no? Also, what would happen if you deleted one of those inner ranges?
Dec
16
comment Best Icon for minimize
@Harald: I think Chris made that point - it's just not clear in the original question whether an accordion is the only thing that's required, or if we're also dealing with elements representing windows.
Dec
16
comment Best Icon for minimize
I'd argue the dropdown arrow does something /slightly/ different - it displays a screen element that is overlaid on top of the current interface, whilst what we're discussing here is something that significantly changes the existing layout. But still a +1 for the overall point :)
Dec
16
comment How to represent a one time action
This would certainly work if there are other limited actions that can be repeated; for example, if some action or another can be repeated 10 times, the marker will become obvious when its number decreases to 9
Dec
15
comment DataGridView row: Semi-transparent selection or row border on selection
IMO, you received bad advice over in that question ("post it on ui.stackexchange") because it's a programming question; you asked "What option is easier and how can I do this".
Dec
15
comment Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)
I agree that it can be considered 'offensive', but it isn't necessarily. The canonical example is google, which saves me a lot of time by auto-focussing the search box which is, 99.99% of the time, exactly what I want to happen. I think you need to take into account what the most common use case is, and how likely it is.
Dec
15
comment DataGridView row: Semi-transparent selection or row border on selection
This sounds like a programming issue, more than a UI issue. It requires knowledge of 'WinForm' and 'DataGridView'. I suggest you ask this on StackOverflow.
Dec
13
comment What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page?
+1 some excellent points
Dec
13
comment What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page?
Can you, at least, explain what the "master gridview" is?
Dec
2
comment Inline sharing URLs
@Tsuyoshi: and 'scroll to top' links, font sizing widgets, and even the dreaded 'back' link (duplicate of the 'back' button via javascript) - there's no shortage of examples :)
Dec
1
comment Inline sharing URLs
+1 great points all round