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Sep
11
comment How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?
With multiple source of marking and not-necessarily-known semantics of marks, that seems like it could explode very quickly. Instead of trying to call out every collection of marks I'm trying to signal to the user "hey, two of those and one of these are marked; if you care you might want to check that out". What presentation signals that short of "Inbox (89, 2 red, 1 blue, 3 green)"?
Sep
10
comment Is it good to limit the user to a set number of selectable font / background colors?
I'm suggesting that you'll always miss something because users are complicated. The common approach of providing, say, 16 pre-chosen colors and a color wheel for fine-tuning seems to work well; choose those 16 colors well and most of your users will just take those, but if somebody does need more control it's available. If you're building an application from scratch and the color wheel adds too much complexity that's different, but in a case where you already have that, why not continue to make it available? Where's the harm?
Sep
10
answered Is it good to limit the user to a set number of selectable font / background colors?
Sep
10
comment How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?
Thanks. To continue your email example, now imagine that the senders of two of those messages, one in the inbox and one in "Some Label", had flagged (marked) their messages as important. In this list, how might you indicate that? (And consider that the system might have also marked different ones in some way that you might also want to call out -- replies to messages you marked important, or people in your best-buddies G+ circle, or something else.)
Sep
5
revised How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?
added one sentence to clarify intent (I hope)
Sep
4
awarded  Student
Sep
4
asked How can I show marking state (for individual data values) in aggregate representations?
Aug
31
comment Why should we ask the password twice during registration?
@VictorBjelkholm, that's one way to address it. Another it to put the toggle checkbox above the password inputs. The implemenation has to consider this aspect of the UX and we can't take that as a given, unfortunately. I still think it's a bad idea for the other reasons given here.
Aug
23
comment Is it necessary to store chat conversation?
A mantra that is often helpful to contemplate: "I am not the user". Just because you use chat a certain way doesn't mean everyone does. Until you do the research, you don't know.
Aug
17
comment What is the purpose behind mouse acceleration?
@jokoon, you asked a general question so you're getting answers that reflect that. If your question is "why would someone with one small monitor use mouse acceleration?", you might want to ask that specifically. (Though I've found it helpful on a single 17" monitor -- obviously tastes vary.)
Jul
30
answered Should I include all toolbar items inside menus?
Jul
27
comment How do I encourage users to fill their Profile
The first thing I did on seeing this question title was to check if the asker has filled in his UX.SE profile. :-)
Jul
27
comment How should times be aligned in a column
If the times don't align on the colons and the numbers on the decimal points, it's going to be difficult for your readers. At that point I think left- versus right-aligned is the least of your worries.
Jul
19
comment CLI and Recall Memory
You might also need to factor in the automatic recall (that is, ctrl-p or up-arrow) provided by the command line itself. Users don't always type every command line from scratch.
Jul
18
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
11
comment Screen sizes, how do we determine standards and what are they?
Why are you looking at screen size rather than application-window size? On a phone or tablet that makes sense; on a desktop machine, unless your application is guaranteed the entire screen, it doesn't.
Jul
10
answered Why are there two Address lines in Address forms?
Jun
19
answered Exercise to educate graphic designers about the importance of usability
Jun
18
comment How big is the cutoff for screen compatibility
Resolution is the wrong measure unless your application is guaranteed to run in full-screen mode.
Jun
14
comment How to convince a user to fill out a survey
@Yallow, so the workflow supports doing the survey before the reckoning of the final bill? That sounds like your best bet, then; it's hard to argue with cold, hard cash. :-)