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Front-end developer at an online bank. I've been doing web development for 15 years. For most of that time, I've been passionate about UX, though I wouldn't consider myself an expert. It's a great privilege to be a part of this community and learn from you smart people.

You can also catch me on Stack Overflow, Twitter (@patrick_mc), and Github.

Daniel 2:20-22


Aug
21
comment How to visualize the possibility of drag'n'drop?
It was a presentation I saw in person. I think it was at an Adobe conference.
Apr
9
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut to silence JAWS?
@Charles Thanks for the link. It won't hurt my feelings if this question is closed or deleted.
Apr
9
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut to silence JAWS?
I actually landed on that page and overlooked the answer while skimming. Next time someone is looking for the same information hopefully they'll land on this page where the answer is staring them in the face.
Apr
9
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut to silence JAWS?
Thank you. I did some Googling and searched the help docs before asking and couldn't find anything.
Apr
9
comment Is there a keyboard shortcut to silence JAWS?
It's about accessibility. Okay, it's about accessibility testing. If User Experience Designers, Information Architects, and Human Computer Interaction researchers aren't interested in that topic, who is?
Sep
13
comment Why do numpads on keyboards and phones have reversed layouts?
Here's a video explaining Bell Labs' usability studies which led to the decision. wimp.com/phonebuttons
Jan
15
comment Computer login with password only, without username
@hydroparadise xkcd.com/936
Jan
15
comment Computer login with password only, without username
The same question was raised by this site's founder several years ago. The comments are interesting. codinghorror.com/blog/2005/10/…
Nov
9
comment How do drunk users act?
Related: How could one prevent drunk users from using a mobile application?
Oct
25
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
@Dan Sorry, I meant to post something useful in addition to the snarky answer. Must have gotten distracted and hit the submit button by mistake. My reasoning is explained on a comment on the question. You can request to have it reopened by posting a message on message on meta or bringing it up in the chat room. (I'm not longer a moderator, so I can't reopen it myself.)
Oct
24
comment Common web app usability gotchas?
@Dan Yes, I'm thinking about pursuing a career in politics
May
11
comment Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?
Here's a nice collection of "dead" icons, including the floppy disk. hanselman.com/blog/…
May
4
comment Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?
@Agos Federated search presents the results broken up into categories. Faceted search allows the results to be filtered by category.
Apr
30
comment Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?
Me too, to the point that I edited your question with the intent of changing "complete" to "suggest" and still got it backwards.
Apr
20
comment Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?
@NickChammas Thanks. I've replaced the link with another, better one. Also, youtube.com/watch?v=63Y5XjlO4vk
Mar
15
comment Multiple Monitors and screen corners
@MattRockwell They overshoot on purpose, expecting the mouse pointer to stop in the corner of the screen. See Question 3 here: asktog.com/columns/022DesignedToGiveFitts.html
Mar
13
comment Isn’t the FAQ label obsolete by now?
+1 for background information.
Jan
30
comment Refusing a user permission to click a URL
This topic has been covered many times from various angles. Try browsing questions with the disable tag.
Jan
23
comment What solutions do you use to host html prototypes for your clients
<ahem> meta.ux.stackexchange.com/questions/626/…
Jan
15
comment Why do so many websites have the restriction of user names starting with a letter?
Good explanation. I think that it makes sense that programmers used to thinking of names (identifiers) as beginning with a letter would impose the same limitation on usernames because they didn't put enough thought into it to overcome status quo bias.