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Feb
12
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
@Blam According to lipsum.com the text itself dates from ca. 45 BC, but was scrambled as a type specimen by a printer ca. 1500 AD. The original text was in Latin, the scrambled text has spans of comprehensible Latin but overall is nonsense. The assumption that it is "universal" is somewhat endemic, and rarely stated. It is universal in the same sense that making Times Roman a default font is. Everything is fine until you need to quote some Greek or Russian text in their original form. Then add right-to-left languages, and...
Feb
12
comment Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?
I'm idly wondering what the equivalent to "lorem ipsum" is for non-Roman texts? It would seem rather Latin1-centric to claim it is a universal font specimen text...
Jan
6
comment Should a button behave differently when pressed a second time?
Can you scale the blue dot to reflect the precision of the location? I've you've use a low-quality fix, have a high DOP, or it has been a while since you got the fix and your use case assumes the user could be moving around, then the position uncertainty is larger and you should cue that to the user somehow.
May
27
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
There is also a compromise: an egg shaped knob that is still mostly round, but is easier to grip for people with lower grip strength. It has the huge advantage of not being easy for cats (or dogs, bears or velociraptors) to operate, and not being as prone to hooking clothing as a handle. (I had a door that ripped my pants clean off me once. I hate handles.)
May
12
comment Do users log-out?
Your bank may also expire sessions by time since last activity. I've walked away from mine many times, and come back after a remarkably short time to find it has timed out.
Oct
2
comment Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?
There is a "bargins" site my wife frequents and occasionally sends me links to. It refuses to show the linked product page without creating an account and logging in. That might be excusable, except that it does it in a pop-over, with the most of the content dimmed behind. The impression I get is one of being taunted, and I don't find that to be an effective sales tactic. I close the window instead.
Oct
2
comment Preventing users from closing browser tab. Bad idea?
Personally, I find that almost every question that starts off "how do I prevent users from..." touches a whole set of nerves... :-)
Dec
13
comment Pop-under: Really that bad?
Personally, I always have about a dozen tabs open, and use the tab group feature in firefox to maintain a semblance of order and context. A pop-under might not be seen for days since I also tend to never close the browser or even log out of the desktop.
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