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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

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Aug
29
comment Tabbed browsing. Why close the application on closing the last tab?
Which is what I mean by it not necessarily being right. I think it isn't, but there are more issues around this where a new acceptable style of tabbed MDI is needed.
Aug
26
comment Fixed height web pages and e-learning
OK, point made, and I think you have a very good point in this. However, the other side is that if the interactions cannot be squeezed into the space you have, might they not be too complex? But I think you have a very valid point here, and one that you may need to make more loudly - and make sure people know that you have understood my point about ensuring that the content is presented as the provider expects.
Aug
26
comment Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?
I agree - I was just struggling for the right word. The principles are the same however - if it is not needed to convey information, it should not be there. And, of course, the paper also expresses information, by the lack of ink on it. So every pixel is precious.
Aug
23
comment What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?
I would endorse the comments that you need to ensure that personal information is removed, whatever you do. Exactly what may depend on what they signed up to. But this could be done periodically on all marked users.
Aug
23
comment What's the best way to handle deleted user accounts on a social app?
Definately mark as Deleted User - especially in a discussion forum, so that other know they will not get any more responses. And markign the user like this should be straightforward coding wise - no thread searching required.
Aug
22
comment Preventing impossible clicks
That is one of the occasions when it is OK. It is probably better to manage the links - remove the link while keeping the text - but it is acceptable because we partly expect this.
Aug
9
comment Common pattern for “multiple fields, at least one required”
This style would be my preferred approach. the asterix ( which is a known indicator ) then is seen to relate to the whole group. Grouping is often a good idea.
Jul
31
comment How important is feedback?
I think the point is that the user shouldn't have to wait more than a few hours. Feedback is not just about technical solutions, but about peoples involvement as well. It is always dangerous to assume that there is a technical solution.
Jul
31
comment How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?
The buttons to save are where the action happens. Similarly, the styling of the text boxes can be amended subtly in the same way, to highlight the significance of these.