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Professional software developer in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sep
19
comment Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?
Colour LEDs are a relatively recent innovation - for a very long time, red was the only colour, making it the only choice for early portable recorders.
Sep
7
awarded  Famous Question
Aug
16
awarded  Yearling
Aug
9
answered How to manage credentials information to the user?
Aug
9
comment How can I provide a simple dialog for a user to enter multiple email addresses (for invitations)?
I'd start by using a field label that's plural. If you show prompt text inside the field when it's blank, show multiple email addresses. A tool-tip could be as simple as "Separate each email address with a semicolon (;).". Once you have the basics in place, try it out - and iterate.
Jul
18
comment How to best represent a ToggleButton (representing on/off) with the ability to be locked
When the state is locked, the value can't be changed; having it look like a button would be misleading, encouraging the user to click something that won't change.
Jul
14
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
12
answered Should quantities with unit labels be left- or right-aligned in a grid?
Jul
6
answered should I ask for a phone number even though it is not required?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Apr
15
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". :-)