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Feb
3
comment What are good reasons (if any) for intentionally breaking the affordances of an input field?
When I've seen input fields abused that way before, it was because the dev who did it couldn't get the proper field types to update properly for some dumb reason. The dev was so under the gun that rather than properly debug things/learn how to do it right, they abused the input fields instead.
Jan
20
comment Esc button vs [x] close in popup
@cat - and here's a perfect example of why you want contact information on your blog - I've got no way to tell that guy that his blog is demonstrating the evil of which he speaks.
Sep
23
comment Esc button vs [x] close in popup
First answer the question: Do you really need a modal dialog? Because they ARE evil. If you really DO need one, then do everything you can to make it easy to get rid of - Esc should work, and there should be a close button exactly where the user expects to find one.
Sep
1
answered Should I log someone in if they enter an already existing user/pass combonation?
Aug
18
comment Is “user-select: none” bad UX?
Opinion time: If you stop me from selecting text in a situation where I expect it to to work, I generally assume you're up to something fishy. Same as if I'm stopped from copying or pasting - I take any breach of the normal UI rules as evidence that the website is trying to pull a fast one on me.
Aug
14
comment Price too low to show!
I personally figure there's a con of some sort in play, and that the item is going to cost me extra to ship, or a handling fee, or take 12 weeks to get there or whatever. From my POV, the only reason for the seller to do this is that they are trying to hide something unpleasant.
Jul
1
answered Android: swipe vs long press
Feb
12
comment Does spamming users work?
@Wander - except that it is famously difficult to tell what effect, if any, your advertising is happening. So in the absence of a study, and with the anecdotal evidence at hand, I tend to think it's more likely that those doing so have no idea whether it helps.
Dec
31
comment Date Picker Wheels - When to validate?
@lukech - can you add text in place of the 'complete' button that would indicate what's not done yet? Because I think preventing them from going on until all fields validate is good, but you need to explain WHY they can't go on.
Nov
21
comment Does users always relate underlined words to links?
I assume you mean when reading on-line only? Though I think that it gets really interesting when you put Kindle or tablet-type devices into play.
Oct
7
comment Show item prices directly or not?
I belong to the local YMCA (it's certainly not the nicest gym around, but again, I'm price sensitive).
Oct
7
comment Show item prices directly or not?
Depending on the client base, hiding the price is a sales tactic that can backfire. For myself, I'm price sensitive, and if you don't show the price up front, then I'm never going to dig and find it. I'll just assume you're too expensive and walk away.
Sep
4
comment Select any combination of items, but at least one
I personally like it when the application actually prevents me from going on in the 'must select one' case, usually by disabling whatever control is used to continue.
Aug
27
comment How to display a division by zero in a grid?
@DennisJaheruddin - actually, on reflection I think blank may not be a good idea - I'd worry that users would take that to mean that the software isn't working, resulting in irritation, or support calls, rather than the user figuring out that they've got a mathematics issue.
Aug
18
comment Why do websites disallow the plus sign in e-mails
@user2813274 - Yes. Basically, the number of people who put punctuation marks in their e-mail addresses is pretty darn small, and therefore the number of developers who realize such a thing is legal is small. This begets testing (if it exists at all) that doesn't account for the condition. And here we are. I suspect this WILL get cleaned up in the future, as a variety of unicode code points become common in e-mail addresses, and these web sites get forced by relatively normal users to get their act together.
Aug
18
answered Why do websites disallow the plus sign in e-mails
Aug
14
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Aug
13
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Aug
13
answered How to display a division by zero in a grid?
Aug
12
comment Why is low contrast between active and inactive window title bars considered a good thing?
I don't think it's considered good UX, I think it just looks cool, so they do it.