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I like Ruby, Lua, Io, JavaScript…and my real-life children and wife :)


Jan
10
comment How many visually distinct colors can accurately be associated with a separated legend in a figure?
@codeinthehole The entire topic of color perception is clearly too large for one answer. However, if the answer of "study X shows that the maximum number of distinct colors is 12-16", then that's a pretty clear answer to the specific question.
May
8
comment Name for a combo box that shows and edits multiple items?
Barring a definitive answer for a generally-accepted name, I'd also welcome comments on other examples of this input or discussions on it; they may help lead to a consensus.
Apr
18
comment TDI vs SDI - when should an app that saves files to disk have one window per “document”?
@Brocka 1. Apple HIG; 2. Side-by-side comparisons: 3. Lack of Proxy Document in title bar for OS X.
Oct
9
comment Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline
Despite the white area in my mockup above, there are no pauses between events. (The 'events' are actually the different execution states of a process.) Good advice in general, thanks.
Oct
8
comment Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline
OK, I see. If using only colors, how would you differentiate different kinds of events versus the number of different categories?
Oct
8
comment Representing the presence of short events in a long timeline
So your answer is "use colors, and I don't like one of your ideas"? Seems like a comment, not a design.
Oct
4
comment Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view
An excellent point. There isn't currently, but there will be in an upcoming release.
Oct
4
comment Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view
A very nice suggestion; unfortunately I can't 'stand on a collapsed item', as the items are not selectable.
May
19
comment Control to select (not open) a file on windows
@James See the answers below and Rahul's correct interpretation. The design aspect is mimicking common interface for choosing a file and seeing the path. The control will cause a standard Open dialog to appear, but the question is about the display of the control to pick and show the result.
May
19
comment Control to select (not open) a file on windows
The image you have included is what I am looking for. What app is that?
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt The goal is to see if there is a single accepted name that unambiguously differentiates these when describing UI elements in a specification document. Based on the details I'm finding and adding to this answer, it appears that you are correct: there is no unique term across all platforms and technologies.
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt Actually, Microsoft calls them different things.
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt Ah, I will crop that from the screenshot. Note that the text never indicated anything about that button, but I understand your confusion.
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Matt I'm confused. Why do you think that the items or ordering in list are not the same as the items or ordering in my question? Also, that link is used as the citation from Wikipedia to support the statement "The term 'combo box' is sometimes, incorrectly, used to mean 'drop-down list'."
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
Your own link for #1 says that it uses the term "Combo Box" to refer to what I describe as #2.
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
Interestingly, your link refers to my #1 as a "drop-down menu" and Mozilla's menulist documentation calls it a "drop-down list". Mozilla's docs also say of #2 "This is rendered as a textbox with a drop-down arrow beside it."
May
11
comment Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?
@Benny That name, to me, does not connote that there is the 'triangle' allowing users to select from a predefined or common list of values.