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Oct
2
comment Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?
You read full-width text on a 30" monitor? Ouch! How do you keep the whole line in focus and not "miss" when going to the next line? (If your answer is "nobody reads lines that wide", why are you browsing full-width? What am I missing?)
Oct
2
comment Is there a usability reason for centering a website's content area on a page?
There's also a moment of confusion/annoyance when someone with a smaller browser window (or screen) visits a center-aligned web site that isn't liquid. If you have to horizontally scroll in order to read all the content, there's a problem. So "centered in the space given" is good; "centered in the space we decided is the right width for the site" isn't.
Oct
2
comment Why are Inverted Colors considered an accessibility feature?
I'm one of those vision-challenged people, and @RogerAttrill and Christian are spot-on WRT my experience. The bombardment from a background full of light-emitting white pixels makes the black text harder to read, particularly with extended usage. But I can read for hours on my Kindle (e-ink) with no problems; paper (real or simulated) is different. BTW, the Mac "solution" to this problem is completely useless to me; pixel inversion does too much collateral damage (like photos). On Windows I can define a color scheme. (I use my Mac for shorter periods of time; work machine is Windows.)
Sep
23
awarded  Custodian
Sep
23
reviewed Reviewed Why is HideSelection the default on Windows?
Sep
23
reviewed Looks OK What is the UI/UX term for in-view content “jumping” up/down due to changes out of view?
Sep
21
comment Allow users to change fonts for increased reability
Is this for a web site or a stand-alone application?
Sep
12
comment Re-plotting items on a map
(1) What does (left-)click do? That's a common idiom for "select" in other applications, so if you want to break it down as select + relocate, left-click seems more natural than right-click. (2) The answer to this will be affected by the properties of your map, so can you tell us more about that? How dense do movable items tend to be? How often do people pan/zoom vs just working with a static map? What other mouse-based gestures do you already support? (You mentioned pan and a right-click menu; anything else?) Is everything mouse-based or do they also use the keyboard for anything?
Sep
12
comment How can I measure why users never return to a web app?
@BartoszRakowski, the original title was way too broad and vague, so the question needed to be focused. If that's not the dimension along which Tara wanted to focus it, she can always edit.
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
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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?