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Apr
29
comment Is constantly updating the formatting of a numeric input box a good idea?
I don't know about formatting, but instantly correcting to the max value screws me up every time when I'm trying to change an already entered value to a different one.
Feb
23
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
"If this were a requirement for safety, every device allowed on an aircraft would have to have a hardware button" - however, it can take much longer to get to the option on a computer (particularly if it's currently turned off and you have to turn it on to get to the option) than on a tablet/phone/etc.
Feb
6
comment How can users be prevented from pouring water into the bean compartment of a coffee machine?
If you're going to have a pipe for coffee, why not pipe it in liquid form. Then this could actually be feasible if you ignore all the reasons it's not feasible.
Feb
6
comment How can users be prevented from pouring water into the bean compartment of a coffee machine?
Well the question is if you're designing a new machine, or attempting to alter the existing machine. Designing a new machine can easily mean have a real-looking reservoir, or even an actually real one that fills from the water hookup (maybe it could even be filled by hand if the same machine is moved somewhere that it can't be hooked up to a water pipe)
Feb
6
comment How can users be prevented from pouring water into the bean compartment of a coffee machine?
I think @ratchetfreak's idea of a dummy water container (whether sealed, filled with lucite, or simply open but not leading anywhere into the machine) is probably the best way to show users that you don't need to put water in because there already is water. Maybe even have it so there is a normal water container that the pipe runs into, and the same machine can be used with or without a plumbing hookup.
Jan
1
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Jan
1
revised When should a year be added to a timestamp?
added 119 characters in body
Jan
1
comment When should a year be added to a timestamp?
The date is often shown in another format for machine-readability: Hover your mouse over "1 hour ago" and you can see the full timestamp in ISO 8601 format.
Jan
1
answered When should a year be added to a timestamp?
Oct
24
comment Why do Microwave oven UIs fail?
Well, you could have it as a specific option. Or if most packages say "microwave on high" and mean 1000, just make your "high" setting 1000, and if it goes to eleven make it "extra high" or "super high" or something.
Oct
23
comment Why do Microwave oven UIs fail?
"That means I generally want to enter a specific amount of time." - no, what you actually want is the amount of time that is equivalent to the amount of time on the packet at (usually) 1000W. Why can't microwaves do that? - er, yeah, I see you mentioned that right below. Sorry
Oct
23
comment What is the current pixel width standard for a website's content area?
Stackexchange has a fixed width design. Do you find it unusable?
Jul
11
comment Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?
@KitGrose Also, you're more likely to notice having left your money behind sooner (since you withdrew money with presumably the intent to spend it immediately), rather than the next time you need to use your card and don't have it.
May
8
comment Preventing a user from pasting from the clipboard into a mandatory form field
@JonW Usually a typo in a credit card number can be automatically detected without running it, due to the built-in checksum digit.
Apr
28
comment Should I Stop Using A Currency Symbol?
You should be aware that it's not just the symbol that changes - on windows, localization settings include four positions for the symbol (before or after the number, with or without space) and the number of decimal places.
Apr
3
comment Remove color to add emphasis
The last example it looks like the buttons control the color of a light. I would guess that whatever the color on the button looks like to a colorblind person is related to what color the lamp will look like to that person with that setting, so it balances out. On the TV remote example, I think "featureless round color buttons" are a standard thing in Europe for teletext - while the standard is unfortunate (the US equivalent has shapes and ABC as well), it's not the remote manufacturer's fault.
Mar
8
comment Research behind row height within a table?
@cdeszaq Right, but the point is that pixels are free (or, rather, their only cost is in usability from scrolling too much, which is more directly offset with usability from being easier to read)
Feb
3
comment If your login is an email, should you canonicalize/lower-case it?
This could be a good reason to reject the "login email" concept. Another would be that it enforces "one account per email" as a technical matter without considering whether this is a desired policy or not.
Jan
19
comment Is it safe to adopt idea of double-click on a radio button?
@DA01 Of course, this kind of feature suffers from poor discoverability (which isn't a reason not to implement it, I think, in this case), so you've got to make sure users know about it. Come to think of it, I knew about the Excel feature, and I didn't hear about it from someone else, but I don't know how I discovered it - maybe by accident.
Jan
19
comment Recording Debit/Credit Card Details at the start of a 'Free Trial'?
"Why on earth would I want to provide them beforehand and run the risk of forgetting about my account and getting billed instantly after my trial period runs out" - because they won't give you the free trial otherwise? As for why they want you to do that... well, that bit should be obvious.