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UI Developer

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Nov
27
comment Text alignment on header images
you're better off A/B testing on your own site than blinding following what worked for someone else.
Oct
25
comment A good way to display tables with sub-headlines
I'd put the HTML / XML columns to the left of the headings / labels so that they are nearer and it's easier to tell which row they are on.
Sep
17
comment Keyboard support for dropdown widget
See my question: Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists tl;dr: There is no standard. The latest versions of office open the drop down when pressing Up/Down Arrow. IE and Firefox open the drop down when pressing Alt+Up/Down Arrow and Safari opens them when pressing the Spacebar.
Sep
11
comment New design pattern for tagging documents?
When a user selects a word or phrase you could show a tag button above the selection. That would be quicker to use and disrupt the reading flow less.
Sep
3
comment Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists
AHA! Pressing Alt+Up or Alt+Down works in Firefox and IE for web pages and settings dialogs, but not in Chrome.
Sep
3
comment Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists
Drop downs stay closed in web pages on Chrome, Firefox and IE9, and in those browsers settings dialogs. The ribbon UI and settings dialogs in Excel 2010 do open the drop down when pressing the up/down arrow keys.
Sep
3
comment Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists
all the drop downs I've tried do not open when using the arrow keys, they just move the selection without showing the list. Can you give a specific example of an app or system that behaves in this way?
Aug
31
comment What should be considered when launching a Wikipedia-esque site to make it as useful as possible?
content structure will depend a lot on the domain. You'd be better off asking your users. The best thing to do when setting up a new wiki is to give users some instruction about wikis, maybe a presentation.
Aug
31
comment What should be considered when launching a Wikipedia-esque site to make it as useful as possible?
Andiaz I think you misunderstood @THJ, you can run MediaWiki (the code used to run wikipedia) on your own servers. Also, you could take a look at Wiki Matrix to compare the different wikis available.
Aug
29
comment Pattern to display Many to Many Relationships in two grids
Can you be a bit more specific about what you are missing? You've described the system fairly well so it doesn't seem like you have a problem.
Aug
28
comment What's the recommended way to use “question mark” icon?
It might be more helpful to just show the help text when the cursor is in the textbox.
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
Would people with an @ in their name mess up the validation?
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
@AlexejFroehlich it shouldn't forget values. Even with the single input you could have it switch the inputs so if you changed your mind and then went back to the previous choice it would bring back what you'd previously entered.
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
@wael34218, you could always arrange the radios horizontally and have one textbox which makes it clear you only want one value.
Aug
28
comment How to design a form that requires the user fill in one text field out of three
I'd put the text note above or to the left of the fields to increase the likelyhood the user will read it. I'd also make it as short as possible. "One of"
Aug
21
comment Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?
ATMs aren't intuitive. I know someone who as a teenager had to have their card returned by post the first time they used it because they didn't notice the arrows beside the screen and the ATM timed out and kept their card.
Aug
21
comment Do we have a taxonomy of UX requirements for software products?
@Captain, Thanks for the bounty.
Aug
20
comment Alt key shortcuts anymore?
@BrendanMcK, true. I didn't mean to imply that there shouldn't be a list of all keyboard shortcuts, or that it should be removed; just that it was likely to be overlooked by most users and there were ways to make the fact that there are shortcuts discoverable by most users. Ideally there shouldn't be shortcuts without visible UI.
Aug
8
comment How can I avoid placing a legend on top of the table to tell the user what each icon means?
That doesn't help anyone who has to implement a solution like this.
Aug
2
comment Is it worth paying to read ISO 9241-110:2006 - Ergonomics of human-system interaction — Part 110: Dialogue principles
@DA01, I'm also concerned if it will make sense without reading parts 1-109 first.