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Professional software developer in Wellington, New Zealand.

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answered Representing time intervals in a chart
Feb
26
comment Is there a button configuration that would imply 2 or more options to the user?
If button groups are available for your target platform, this would be a good solution.
Feb
25
comment Is there a button configuration that would imply 2 or more options to the user?
@n.1 The user wouldn't end up with both options turned off, and would always have something showing on screen. I've reworded my example to try and make it clearer.
Feb
25
revised Is there a button configuration that would imply 2 or more options to the user?
Tweaked wording.
Feb
25
answered Is there a button configuration that would imply 2 or more options to the user?
Jan
28
answered What do you think about guest checkout in a web app for pre-order food for a certain time in a restaurant?
Jan
28
comment Which date format to use?
+1 For noting that the key isn't in the relatve merits of the formats (which we could debate until the cows come home), but in making things unambiguous.
Jan
28
comment Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
There is a limit to how much can be understood from looking - at some point, users will start interacting with the system; consistent, predictable and safe behaviour at that point is critical. Users will quickly work out what the X does. Also, keep in mind that while the average reading speed is around 220 words per minute, the normal range for native English speakers extends from less than 60wpm to over 800wpm. I'd conjecture lower speeds are common for those just learning English as a second language. For someone with a slower reading rate, icon recognition can be faster and more reliable.
Jan
27
comment What are HTML colors that could be used for a 4 level performance measurement (Poor, OK, Good, Great) that would work with color blind people?
I don't read the OP as requesting a gradient - but I used traffic light style colours in my mockup on purpose.
Jan
27
comment Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
Oh, I agree with using "Remove", it is a far better choice than "Delete" for a general audience - but you did write "correct me if I'm wrong". :-)
Jan
27
comment Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
I don't think so. SCSI, PCMCIA and COM are "made up computer words" that didn't exist before being coined. "Delete", "File", "Folder" and "Computer" are all English words that existed long before the computer revolution - words that had - and still have - specific meanings in specialist fields. Try talking to a copy editor about the meaning of "delete", or an archivist about the meaning of "file".
Jan
27
answered Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
Jan
27
comment Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
I disagree - some symbols (tick, cross, plus, minus, floppy disk, trashcan, refresh, star etc) are so commonly used that they can be used without further annotation.
Jan
27
comment Which is more understandable: “delete” or “remove” an item/itemset from a cart?
"Delete" is a perfectly reasonable English word that's been around a very long time - it's not a "made up computer word" at all, just a word that's been co-opted into other uses. Here's a challenge for you: try looking up the original (pre 1940) meanings of "File", "Folder" and "Computer".
Jan
25
comment Good colors to indicate presence (in/out)
According to the eyedropper tool in Paint.Net, "Be Right Back" is slightly more yellow than "Away" - at least on my work PC. Interestingly, in the screenshot I used above, they are the same - can't explain the difference.
Jan
25
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Good colors to indicate presence (in/out)
Jan
25
answered Good colors to indicate presence (in/out)
Jan
24
revised What are HTML colors that could be used for a 4 level performance measurement (Poor, OK, Good, Great) that would work with color blind people?
Added sample image and disclaimer.
Jan
24
answered What are HTML colors that could be used for a 4 level performance measurement (Poor, OK, Good, Great) that would work with color blind people?
Jan
24
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?