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Jul
18
answered Should I refresh result set after changing Dropdown values ?
Jul
15
answered What kind of useful information shall we keep in a closed place page on a reviews site?
Jul
14
comment Which is better: Buy Now or Add To Cart as the label for a button in a shopping cart form?
"Buy now" also implies that you're going to buy this specific item now. If you already have a shopping cart with other stuff in it, the fate of that stuff can be unclear. Amazon uses "add to cart" and "proceed to checkout", and they also have "1-click" for "buy this item by itself right now". I think I would understand "buy now" as like Amazon'e "1-click"; is that what you intended?
Jul
13
comment User control for a two level selection
Are the categories meaningful to your user, or only to your system? If they're meaningful then seeing all the options shouldn't be necessary; if they're not meaningful then why pass your structure on to the user instead of giving him a flat list (which you can shuffle into your structure)?
Jul
13
answered what question should be asked to make a persona
Jul
12
comment Zoom In / Zoom Out features of latest browsers…an accessibility feature? How does this impact design going forward?
Yes. If you make me scroll horizontally I probably won't use your site. If you can handle increased font sizes and lay yourself out within the confines of the browser window I give you, you'll be usable to everybody.
Jul
7
comment Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons
If one word is used much more commonly in the places your users visit, you should go with that one absent a good reason not to.
Jul
7
answered Difference between 'modify' and 'edit' buttons
Jul
7
comment What are some best practices to follow when designing for users completely unfamiliar with computers?
How common is it to put a completely foreign interface in the hands of a novice without any sort of guidance? I'm wondering about the role of demos, "watch me first" videos, and the like in addressing this problem.
Jul
6
comment Your most annoying user experience
I generally agree, but I disagree about opening pages in new tabs & hate it when web sites do that to me. Let the user decide; if he has browser tabs he also has "open in new tab" as a click option.
Jul
6
answered Your most annoying user experience
Jul
6
answered Which type of help system is best?
Jul
5
comment How important is the ability to change the color theme on a desktop application?
If you can't support the OS themes (which, if non-default, the user has already taken care to set), then make sure you also offer a reverse-video theme (not white on black; that's too harsh) for the photosensitive. It doesn't matter to a lot of people but it matters a lot to those who care.
Jul
5
comment Is it a good practice to show a sign-up or registration form as seperate parts rather than in one go?
+1 Only ask for what you need; when you need more you can ask for that and otherwise let the user choose. (For example, you don't need a physical address unless you're going to ship something, validate a credit card, confirm residency for import restrictions, etc. You probably never need a phone number. Preferences can wait. Etc.)
Jun
30
comment Accessible CMS software
I have to second @DA01. As someone who needs larger fonts and gentler color schemes, I've had no end of trouble with SharePoint, at least as it's used in my company. Some functions only work in IE (which has its own accessibility problems), the standard layouts are very wide (= horizontal scroll), and some things are hard to see in reverse video (I think they hard-wired some black text or something).
Jun
30
answered Allow users to choose visualisation type?
Jun
28
answered What is the best way to allow a user to select one value from a list of potentially hundreds?
Jun
23
answered Popup vs page for contact form
Jun
22
comment Building a marketplace - which one is better a unified registration or two separate ones?
+1 Make it easy for people to sign up & start buying, and let them do the additional configuration to also sell any time they want. If your site is successful then people will want to switch on the extra functionality all the time, but if you make them jump through hoops to get in at all, they'll walk away.
Jun
22
answered Making changes to existing products