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Jul
6
comment Why are line numbers in text editors and programming IDEs so often disabled by default?
Also found this Visual Studio - why are line numbers off by default?
Jul
6
comment Why are line numbers in text editors and programming IDEs so often disabled by default?
Yeah - I don't have data to back this up one way or the other either, so I'm hoping someone else can come up with something other than personal preference or anecdotal evidence. Data rules.
Jul
2
comment Controlling movement direction in isometric view
Turn your keyboard round by 45 degrees.
Jul
2
comment Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?
The WCAG Guidelines are not saying that the "part of an inactive user interface component" has to be a "decorative item" and/or "visible to anyone". These are three separate criteria.
Jul
2
comment Do disabled buttons still need to be contrast compliant for accessibility?
A disabled button still imparts a message in its own right even if the content behind it cannot be accessed. Wouldn't you effectively be saying that you only want users without visual impairment to know that the feature is only temporarily unavailable?
Jun
22
comment How to design form that requires users to validate email or phone number?
If I understand what you want from this question: Next to the submit button on the index page, put a link 'I have a validation code'. The validation page can be generic for email/phone, but can detect the validation type because the format of email and phone validation codes can be made to be different.
Jun
15
comment Why do so many organizations collect first and last name on the sign up page?
Also of interest: Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?.
Jun
15
comment Why do so many organizations collect first and last name on the sign up page?
Because the alternative would be likely to be asking for the full name and what do you actually want to be called - ref: Merging firstname/last name into one field. Some notable examples of those that only ask for full name are Amazon, Twitter, Quora, Vimeo, SourceForge, and um... nope that's all I know of. As a sidenote, I've found that something of the order of 50% of 'popular' websites don't ask for your name at all.
May
21
comment Is there a minimum viable number of personas you could use?
It depends... on the data that is backing the personas. However I think two extreme personas and the assumption that 'catering for both would meet in some middle ground that covers the corpus' might be a an invalid theory for many cases! I'd suggest not having the 'extreme' personas sitting so close to the end of a long data tail, and at least a third which uses the researched evidence to represent the corpus and is identified as the 'primary' persona.
May
21
comment The coding monkey dilemma
@PariyaKashfi The FoolProof link above recognizes that this is the case and that it's no easy task but does suggest that the 'UX Champions' can try to act as 'agents of change' in trying to improve the situation where it matters.
May
13
comment When should a text input be auto selected?
Well said. Only by an unbiased introspective look at the reasoning and the clear benefits can a decision be made, and whilst we can help provide the framework for understanding this, it's bound to hinge on generalisations unless we have all the pertinent facts. As a result, only the OP can answer his own question for their own scenario.
May
7
comment How long should a temporary notification appear?
@Bluewater My answer didn't set out to 'prove a best solution'. I said 'For what it's worth...' and stated facts about what I did and what the users said afterwards. Is that a -1 situation?
May
1
comment At what point should an application change the cursor to an hourglass or display a progress bar?
While this OP may not have an option in this particular scenario, my own opinion is that in the bigger scheme of things, the better direction to explore in is whether the application can show something useful and relevant instead of going into a blocking mode, so that users can get on with their tasks and feel like they are continually making progress at their own pace rather than waiting around for things all the time.
Apr
23
comment Best way to represent time related event during a day in a graph
It's not just about displaying the information, it's about reading the information. It's important to know what you want people to be able to easily determine from the graphic. For example, comparing admins with each other; compare total against a baseline; see overtime; validate core hours; spot slackers; transfer data to timesheets... There could be any number of use cases for which different display characteristics or highlighting of different parts of the data may be useful. Without knowing this, there's no telling what the most suitable method might be.
Apr
19
comment Differences of UX opinion for primary nav - which is best for my website?
Whenever I see the word hover, I think mobile.
Apr
19
comment How to convey that an indicator is clickable
@VitalyMijiritsky I see where you're coming from in terms of being a GD question but it's also a UX related question in terms of methods of providing affordance and intent. The graphic design aspect has to be involved of course because this is a visual problem, but that doesn't immediately kick this ball over the fence into GD territory.
Apr
17
comment Suggestive search limit
@rewobs so maybe a final line saying "75 more results in 15 other categories"...?
Apr
17
comment How to cluster map markers with different statuses
@JBERG - my examples are just that - examples - inspiration to do what you will - not an exact size template. :)
Apr
16
comment Why is it important to focus on user needs as opposed to requests?
There is some useful input to be had from the question How to discover what users NEED and not what they WANT - typically the answers are mostly along the lines that without understanding the problem and it's context (& its next biggest context) then you can't determine the best solution. You may in fact just fix the wrong problem or make the situation better for a minority but worse for the majority! Always try to reduce what you don't know and what you don't know you don't know!
Apr
15
comment What is the correct way to reference GUI controls when writing content and copy
@Montag451 - I just answered my own question - hope this helps.