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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.
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Apr
28
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 ;-)
Apr
5
comment Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?
@usr: many sinks do have temp/strength controls on mixer taps ;-p That said, on taps typically it's not a thermostatic temperature control, the hot-cold axis actually controls the proportion of each water supply. My shower has a mechanical thermostatic temperature control, though.
Apr
3
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
@Mayo: "it cannot succumb to a dictionary attack" -- except, as is necessarily the case with any concrete example you actually give, this one can now succumb to a dictionary attack, or rather a corpus attack, since it's part of a corpus of text. Discussing passwords, no less ;-)
Apr
3
comment Why do some websites (including Google) trim whitespaces in passwords?
"thrown in some extra spaces to distort their observation" -- how does that work? If they observe and remember a sequence of key presses that successfully logs in, can't they later log in by repeating that sequence, regardless of whether some of the keypresses were insignificant? You might as well press the CTRL key a couple of times to "distort their observation". Chances are either they can watch you type or they can't, the space bar isn't going to blow their tiny mind ;-)
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
... and so the design goal is not clear.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
@TimFitzGerald: I'm trying to highlight that in disagreeing with what the questioner says, "done for no reason", you've said that anything many people do must be "for some purpose". But the reasons people fidget despite that they know for a fact their habit makes others less productive because it's so irritating, is not necessarily a "purpose" so much as a "compulsion" (and the need to stop people doing it can be compulsive too). Your example of autistic self-stimulation is strong though, since it points to the possibility there's a genuine conflict of interest rather than just a bad habit.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
" It isn't possible, unfortunately, to prevent rapid clickers from buying the cheapest loudest retractable pens on the market", well, if "the company pen" is silent but some of your colleagues deliberately go out to purchase something louder instead, then it's a lot easier to make the case that their choices are callously anti-social. Which might be the goal here. So perhaps you can "prevent" them doing that in the same sense they're prevented from bringing their drumkit to work.
Feb
17
comment How can a retractable pen design be enhanced to discourage users from clicking the pen frequently?
"if so many people are doing it (this writer included) it must serve some purpose to them." -- although perhaps only in the same sense that fingernail-biting, alcoholism, and failing to find the right control in a bad UI, "serve some purpose" to the many people who do them ;-)
Jan
10
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