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Mar
23
comment What do you call this input element where a focus will automatically be transferred to next text field after being filled?
Even the BEST implementation of AutoTab (with the features suggested by Dan and Marjan above) suffers from the problem that if a user is really used to tabbing through forms a lot, they will hit the Tab key out of habit right after the AutoFocus moves the focus to the next field, resulting in the focus being on one field too many to the right. Before you implement the AutoTab, you need to run real user tests to make sure your specific users are not prone to this error.
Mar
22
comment What do you call this input element where a focus will automatically be transferred to next text field after being filled?
@JuanLanus Just so long as you are showing users both versions (with the AutoTab, and without) and letting them tell you that the AutoTab version is better. And sitting through a demo where you do the clicking isn't sufficient either. Remember, data entry clerks are used to hammering that TAB key all day long, and if 99% of their other forms require it, then your app behaving differently will cause them lots of errors.
Mar
22
comment What do you call this input element where a focus will automatically be transferred to next text field after being filled?
You call it "crap". This is one of the more annoying features designers put in trying to be helpful. It means I can't copy-paste the whole code. Also, if I mistype the last character of a given field, hitting "delete" or "backspace" won't clear that last letter, as the focus has now moved to the next field. Make SURE you are actually helping your users before you implement this.
Jul
20
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
Sadly, in the US the likelihood that this company will face any prosecution is very, very small. If you run tell your boss that the sky is falling and that you'll get sued for the site, and he responds by asking how many site owners have actually been prosecuted (very, very few), then you're going to look like you're overreacting and he'll be less likely to trust you on these matters. To be blunt, its just not the same as not having a wheelchair ramp, and still up to some degree of interpretation.
Jul
20
comment Why should our website be made handicap accessible?
"it's the right thing to do--especially from a monetary standpoint" - Not always true, by a longshot. Adding handicap ramps might be incredibly cost prohibitive and yield no extra revenue. If I'm selling athletic shoes out of a really old building that's hard to modify, then adding a ramp is going to be a business expense with no significant return, in all likelihood. Don't just assume business owners are ignorant blowhards when it comes to this stuff.
Aug
12
comment Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
I wouldn't know how to retrieve every possible bank logo though.
Dec
11
comment Helping users understand that two, and only two options must be selected
I like this approach. Be sure to take out the selected option in Choice 1 from the Choice 2 list once Choice 1 is made though.
Apr
24
comment Why is it impossible to deselect HTML “radio” inputs?
But you COULD half-way push in the radio button to de-select the previously selected one! Why does everyone who quotes the history of the radio button forget this?
Jan
30
comment Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?
@VirtuosiMedia So more work = more professional? That's a pretty big assumption. What if I spent a ton of time on my non-skipable animated Splash page? Surely you wouldn't say that was more professional than just redirecting to a home screen.
Jan
29
comment Form for inputting operating hours of a business
The programming work required to make such natural language processing would be tremendous! This is not realistic at all. If such processing were easy, the very interaction designers that come to this board would mostly be out of jobs.
Apr
12
comment Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
I am expecting typos to occur, and those events generate a regular 'error' message, since the routing number does not match a known bank. I'm just curious if there's any value to showing the bank name when the user always has that in front of them physically when they do the typing.
Apr
12
comment Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
But I'm saying NO ONE has their routing numbers memorized. They are just reading them off their check book or bank statement, which has the bank name printed right there. I do like your idea of showing it as a confirmation after submittal, because we DO have a mechanism where they can kill that payment right after they make it but before their bank is drafted.
Apr
11
comment Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
Thank for you letting me know about this new invention of 'confirmation text' :) And in THIS app, text that appears as a user is entering values is ALWAYS an error. Am I wrong in sticking to my guns on this issue?
Dec
28
comment Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?
My thoughts exactly. Virtually all modern sites look like crap in IE5 (some of which are unusable) but there's no push for "graceful degradation" to give them a text-only version, because there's no business reason to care about such a small and unmotivated pool of users.
Sep
26
comment Why do people clear the screen multiple times when using a calculator?
I would smash that snarky calculator into a thousand pieces, for the record.
Aug
31
comment What is/are best practice(s) to align an HTML checkbox on a web form?
Dear sweet baby Jesus do NOT listen to anyone who tells you "tables are not accessible." If that was even REMOTELY the case then do you honestly think screen readers would have EVER caught on in the visually impaired community? Screen readers DO/CAN read tables a little differently if the user instructs them to do so. They'll do things like repeat the column headers and such. But other than that, readers will read out the content in the order in the source order, which will be fine. Just make sure you use proper labels.
Aug
26
comment Keyboard shortcut for “Submit form”
If I'm inside a textarea in your form, and the form submits when I hit "Enter," I will come track you down and gouge out your eyes with a rusty spork.
Aug
12
comment OK/Cancel on left/right?
I disagree. We read left to right (in the West), but we do NOT scan interfaces uniformly left to right. A row of buttons is not read like a sentence, as our brains perceive them as separate objects first, and then we attempt to parse the text inside each one for meaning separately.
Aug
11
comment Better purchase conversions for single page vs. multiple?
Ahhh yup that page is nice and simple. I think I misunderstood your question a little.
Aug
10
comment Better purchase conversions for single page vs. multiple?
I don't know of any specific A/B testing, but I would caution you that the "order, then pay / shopping cart" 2-step paradigm is so universal that it might slow users down if they see them combined into one. Make sure you are actually adding some benefit by combining the pages. I can only see it working if you were logged in already, like "1-click" buying from Amazon, AND completing multiple transactions right after each other would not lead to an increased shipping/processing cost.