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comment About us: why do websites show the CEO, founders, and employees on this page?
+1 for mentioning recruitment, which is AFAIK the main reason my employer has this. That is, "I just want a working piece of software" might be true of the questioner but it's not true of all the real or model users that the site is trying to address. Some of them want a job. The employee profiles don't just say what kind of person each employee is, they also talk about their (hopefully attractive) career paths.
Apr
30
comment Why is text justified in newspapers, but not on the web?
@totymedli: because people who have a screen the size of a broadsheet newspaper, and who set their text size as small as a broadsheet newspaper, and whose screen is floppy like paper, with a combined result that they lose track of lines while reading: (a) are very rare, (b) only have themselves to blame and could use a smaller viewport if they wanted.
Feb
5
comment A universal word or term for “your device/machine/computer/tablet/phone/smart watch/gadget/whatever”?
Or, again just for that particular case, "try turning it off and on again". If they can't work out what "it" means in that sentence then they're doomed anyway, they aren't going to manage anything so complex as a restart.
Dec
26
comment Should I add sound effects to my web site?
@Mark: I was referring to the section of this answer that starts "people working at offices prefer silence". So, while there are indeed people who want audible IM notifications but not ads, they are not the people under discussion in that section. People who want silence but don't mute their sound are Doing Silence Wrong.
Nov
17
comment Why Ctrl + C for copy but not Ctrl + P for paste?
@MonkeyZeus: I can just hit CTRL-P on this laptop with my left hand using the left CTRL key. Pianists would thrive.
Sep
7
comment What is the proper way to inform users that their device can't be supported for a weird reason?
@chaslyfromUK: or in this case maybe more specific, "error detected in Cupertino".
Sep
7
comment What is the proper way to inform users that their device can't be supported for a weird reason?
@PierreArlaud: it comes across snarky, "consider getting an Android instead of an iPhone". Which is fine if you want to come across snarky, but a poor choice of words if you don't.
Jul
18
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
developers.google.com/speed/docs/insights/… describes the guideline. I'm not sure off-hand what my source is for thinking it's a mobile search penalty. It's possible that I've over-interpreted their warnings, and they use a different phrase similar to "optimized for mobile" in their search ranking advice than they do in their UX advice.
Jul
18
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
Sure, "links close together" is just one example of a metric that Google penalizes on mobile, there are plenty of others. But some of them aren't dexterity-related so I picked one that quite clearly is about the unavailability of an accurate pointer. I agree with you, though: optimizing for mobile will deal with many if not all dexterity issues. At least, providing you don't hide all your good work in mobile-only conditionals of one form or another, which I fear that an organization not properly sold on accessibility as a goal, would be prone to do.
Jul
18
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
Also observe that anyone using a mobile device "has a dexterity disability". At least, that's the opinion of Google, since it announced that it penalises pages in mobile search if they have links close together :-)
Jul
18
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
Interesting that there's a factor of 10 difference between the value you get from NFB (this definition, population as a whole, 2.27%) and Microsoft's value quoted in DasBeasto's answer (possibly a different definition, adult computer users, 25%). This means any business case is going to be very sensitive to the applicability of different people's numbers...
Jul
18
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
"Accessibility is the default position" -- this appears to be a false statement. They already have a website. Therefore what they already have is the default position. It is not accessible. Arguing what they should have done back when they started from scratch is a different situation from arguing what they should do next given the pile of crap they have and the resources available to fix it. Even if the boss agrees the site "should" be accessible-first, that won't necessarily translate into assigning the resources necessary to re-work it.
May
30
comment “Typocaptcha” - an alternative to CAPTCHA?
"is probably so straightforward that it'd make a good puzzle for our Code Golf site" - done in my answer, although I haven't tried to golf it.
May
30
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Apr
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comment What are arguments against the usage of a ticker / marquee on websites?
when the amount of space you have is defined -- and unfortunately after 20 years of serious web development we're still having the argument whether or not the user's viewport constitutes a fixed space ;-)