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25+ years in software development.

6 years on an HCI PhD.

20+ years married.

19 years a parent.

I can cope with anything.

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Mar
7
comment What's the best way to kill useless features?
The only answer to feature creep is to respond "It will cost more/It will delay the delivery". One of these should make them decide. If not, you have a gravy train that you never need to finish.....
Mar
6
comment Dashed underline on required fields
@dotmartin - the language is important, because it might be that Swedish (sorry - the tags looked dutch, but hte heading is definately more swedish) speakers are used to seeing words underlined in dashes and so can cope. The cultural context is critical, which is why the principles are so important. So, make it conversational, make it friendly, and make it clear. What that actually means in a particular context may be very different from what it means in another context.
Mar
5
comment Ecommerce checkout: Importance of order summary?
I would put it even stronger, that if it is changing by what you are adding - like shipping location - then it should be updated or at least the changes made clear. As a customer I want to know the implications of what I am doing. It really annoys me whe I cannot see how much I am spending until I am largely committed.
Feb
29
comment Does the Zendesk.com website offer a good ux? And why?
@MarjanVenema - My machine is not particualarly speedy, but it is fine for me. I have definately seem far worse. Sorry you experience problems, but my point is that if you are going to do things like that, they should be smooth.
Feb
22
comment Is it a good Idea to force user to sign in/sign up for purchase
You get a +1 because I have used your reference in my thesis. Thank you!
Feb
21
comment Language switch redirect to homepage or content page
I think we are agreeing actually. My experience points in one direction, but your specific site and user base may be different. So design for them!
Feb
21
comment Language switch redirect to homepage or content page
Which is why you need to find out whether it is significant. The evidence I mentioned showed that AT THE TIME it was not common, but this may have changed. And it may be the case for your site that this is more common. There is not a single straightforward answer, as it will depend on your site and your users.
Feb
21
comment Language switch redirect to homepage or content page
Good point about the search page not necessarily being the landing page. The only way you can identify this is page stats - seeing which pages people change the language on. If google hit pages are a big portion, it is probably worth retaining this and coding to stay on the same page. As for your multi-lingual approach - yes it is valid, but is it common enough to put in the work arounds?
Feb
17
comment Best way to display a currency picker for an ecommerce site?
But this is a country and language selection, that is not, apparently, translating the site text into Spanish for an Argentinian. At the moment, having it in the language of the Oppressors and Userpers might be a challenge. And country/language/currency may be in pretty much any combination.
Feb
15
comment Communicating a three stage grade of alert
The "i" is a good idea, and is used in other places. The fact that it is an upside down ! is especially cool. It indicates that there is something you may need to know about.
Feb
9
comment How do you sort a list of languages?
If the number of langages is reasonably small, by usage. If this would be too much, the regio and usage. Of course, the challenge is what language you write the region in....
Feb
5
comment How can you make a user experience addictive?
I think this is a bad question for SE, actually, because if anyone knew the answer, they would be making their fortunes! I don't think it has one single simple answer.
Jan
28
comment How do I limit the number of options a user may choose in a list?
IMO, alert in place and check is the best route - or, as per some of the suggestions, build the interface to only allow two selections. If my choices are restricted, I want to know this before I submit.
Jan
25
comment Is this site's colour scheme readable?
@DA01 - yes, but this was a specific question I was raising on this site. Your comment could apply to a lot of questions here. And it has produced some good answers serving as guidelines to readability.
Jan
25
comment How would you handle two separate “save” buttons for different sections on the same page?
I would if there was an email in your profile. send me on steve.clough@worksmart.com.
Jan
24
comment How would you handle two separate “save” buttons for different sections on the same page?
@BenBrocka - yes - when it lets me.....
Jan
24
comment Academic Papers about UI
Come and tell us when you have read all of that, and will find some more. And yes, I am researching in HCI at the moment.
Jan
24
comment What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?
Of course, you could try hacking the users with low quality passwords. It would give them some real incentive to improve their password. Sadly, this is the only way that some people will.
Jan
24
comment Is this site's colour scheme readable?
@codeinthehole - if I was after a full critique, I would have provided more information about the clientelle, expectations etc. Most of this I can sort myself, and with others who are looking at it, but I have been made aware that I don't always spot colour.readability issues.
Jan
24
comment Is this site's colour scheme readable?
It was readability - colours being my previous downfall. Marked as accepted, because it covers most of the things I will be changing. Thank you.