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Software Developer - currently working in the Microsoft ASP.NET Stack with C#, MVC, JavaScript, CSS, HTML


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.
Aug
2
comment What's a good icon to represent how difficult a task is to do?
The trail ranking symbols work by rote memorization. There's nothing inside those symbols that indicates what they mean. Even the green circle representing "easy" gets lost when you don't also show yellow for "medium" and red for "really hard". When it comes to figuring out which trails are dangerous, user will take the time to learn the system. But in a software app, they won't. My point is that this scheme relies on plain memorization of symbols, and that's exactly what users do NOT do in software, unless truly forced.
Aug
1
comment What's a good icon to represent how difficult a task is to do?
For what its worth, I've never laid eyes on these symbols before and would have no idea what they meant if they popped up in an app.
Jul
19
comment Better term for “user”
I'd go with "A/B Test Result Delivery Units" ;)