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I'm interested in UI design, hardware design, and generally, beautiful things. I programmed in C and C++ for a couple of decades.


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answered Taxonomy Hierarchy Management UI Pattern
Dec
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comment Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
@Charles You didn’t indicate that you need to move items horizontally in your original question. If anything, this is an added argument for removing the up/down arrows and replacing them with drag-and-drop, otherwise you’d need to add left/right arrows as well, add things get unwieldy. As for the affordance, I would stick with drag-and-drop but remove the three grab bars on the right, and make the entire item draggable anywhere that you click except on the icons. The affordance would need to be provided as the item is being moved, e.g. using horizontal lines between items to show destination.
Dec
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comment Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
Moving the mouse cursor is a big no-no; it is very disorienting to the user. I have ran into just one app that did that in the last 28 years and hated it. Moving the list while anchoring the item is a better option, but it doesn’t feel quite right IMO.
Dec
22
comment Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?
I agree with John. IMO, his answer pertains not just to web apps, but also to computer apps, e.g. if an app cannot perform a feature because the video card is not enough or the computer does not have an I/O card, the app should gray out the feature with an explanation instead of hiding it.
Dec
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revised Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
Addressed Jimmy’s feedback.
Dec
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answered Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
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Sep
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answered What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)
Sep
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comment Indicate tappable area on mobile
If you must ask a question like this, it sounds to me like the UI needs to be re-done to make it obvious to users that they can tap or slide. Your current design doesn't have an affordance.
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comment Should the results of a calculation happen automatically, or require a button push?
Given what you stated, I see no reason to require a Calculate button.
Jan
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comment Is “scrolling in reverse” a horrible idea?
No worries. :-)
Jan
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revised Is “scrolling in reverse” a horrible idea?
Fixed my name :-)