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Oct
4
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
@JeromeR Convincing management to change this would be difficult, and gathering data and performing usability studies will take time (especially since I am a developer and this is usually not my job). I'd like to find an immediate solution that makes accessibility as good as it can be, while later preparing to challenge the requirement.
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
I believe the thought behind this was that sometimes users will want to be able to see what is available in a non-modal dialog while interacting with elements on the main page. For the symbol picker, that would mean being reminded that there are certain characters available. Perhaps we could express this through some way besides a non-modal dialog, but that isn't an option at this time.
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
It's web, but I appreciate you providing information for both. However, I'm a bit confused about your web example. Are you saying that the user cannot tab to return focus to the main window, as you can on desktop? Also, do you have any sources to back this up?
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
It would be good to rewrite the answer to focus on that part then. I've created a new question to address whether or not you should be able to tab out of a non-modal dialog.
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
I think there's a misunderstanding. The user is allowed to get out of the dialog and tab-navigate to other elements. No locking them in, and no closing the dialog if they click outside or close it. This is a business requirement we cannot change (besides, I think there are a lot of valid use cases where it can happen). I'm interested to know where focus shoudl go if the user tabs back to the initial open button and activates it.
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
So assuming that the user was permitted to leave the dialog, what is the proper behavior if the user goes back to the button that opens up the dialog. Focus goes back to the dialog as it did when it was first opened?
Oct
2
comment Where should keyboard focus be after activating a button that brings up a non-modal dialog?
This situation is about a non-modal dialog, not a modal dialog. A user can leave the window with a mouse. If they can't leave by tabbing, wouldn't that mean it's non-modal for mouse users and modal for keyboard users? That's not what we want.
Sep
21
comment Are there user behavioral differences on a platform with a 1,000 users vs. 100,000+ users?
This is an excellent post, but it would be even better if it could link to external research. We wouldn't want people to think that you just made up convincing-sounding arguments.
Sep
9
comment Design problem: Tying together two related but different elements when one is potentially below the fold
Any chance you'll still be able to add a wireframe?
Nov
10
comment Ways for a company to organize common/shared Icons Images and Graphics
Also consider that some of these solutions, such as Google Drive, give special permissions to the owner such as determining who is allowed to access it. If that owner ever leaves the company, you have to make sure that the owner first transfers ownership to another person or all the stuff might become inaccessible. Dropbox might have this problem too, depending on how you set it up.
Oct
1
comment actual effects of “bozo room” anti-sock-puppet strategy
Can we have an operational definition of a "bozo room"? I've never heard of the term before and I imagine others haven't either. I'm guessing it's either an off-topic chat-room or a sandbox environment, but I'm not entirely sure.
Jun
3
comment What would a “reset to factory settings” term be for a digital app?
I find it interesting that in the example of the followup message that it still says "factory-default values". Was this for a digital app or boxed software? Perhaps this is still an appropriate term to use.
Feb
26
comment Will I confuse users by making my whole site HTTPS?
One situation that may result in confusion: some wi-fi hotspots that redirect the user to an "I Agree" page or similar login page may not redirect if the user's home page is an https site. At the library I worked at, we had loads of users who had google.com as their homepage on their laptops and once that site was switched to https only, our library's "I Agree" page wouldn't appear for them and so they couldn't get on the library internet until they tried an http site (which understandably never occurred to them). Not sure if IT ever fixed that. It may be a niche concern, but is a concern.
Feb
26
comment Should I capture exceptions and present a nice error page to hackers?
The answer you're going to get here is probably going to be centered around user experience, probably with the assumption that a newbie might wind up getting accidentally identified as a hacker. If you're wanting an answer from a security perspective and are solely concerned with the hacker's behavior, this question might be a better fit on Security Stack Exchange.
Feb
14
comment headings as links
@MarjanVenema it's not so bad for writing quick comments (I'm writing this one on my iPhone). You're right though that any lengthy contribution pretty much requires a keyboard, but some users use an iPad with a keyboard attachment or a Windows Surface computer. When it's like that, they are basically laptops with a touch screen rather than a mouse.
Feb
13
comment headings as links
@MarjanVenema, while it's true that you can discover the links by "waving the mouse about", that's not something that can be done on touch devices without a mouse. Since users don't randomly tap to see if something is a tappable area, the only clue they have is the appearance.
Dec
31
comment Airport kiosk signage title
Given that the original poster is looking for a specific English phrase to use, this question would probably get a better answer at English Language & Usage Stack Exchange.
Dec
31
comment Should image overlays have a close button?
Elaborating on your mobile comments, sometimes the image overlay is so large that on a small device, there is no room to "tap outside". This can especially be a problem on some of the smaller smartphones.
Dec
11
comment Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?
I'd like to see the later research on dyslexia and such that you mentioned at the end.
Nov
27
comment What is the benefit of the “hover to reveal additional buttons” interface found in Gmail?
@3nafish, because they use completely different wording, I never found it before I wrote my question :-) It does indeed look similar, although I find it interesting that the current answers are quite different than the answers over there.