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Mar
26
awarded  Yearling
Mar
26
revised How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
fix punctuation
Mar
25
answered How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time
Feb
20
comment What's the common name for this GUI element? (left-right box, assignmentbox, relationbox)
That doesn't explain anything.
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
awarded  Editor
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.