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Mar
23
comment Why are desktop/laptop screens horizontally oriented?
Interesting, but I think usage has more to do with it. Vertically oriented screens were used mostly by DTP publisher that wanted to see vertically oriented layouts. With the switch to computers being used more by consumers than professionals, watching movies became more ubiquitous, and this led to an even bigger width/height ratio. Many programmers by the way, turn their screens 90 degrees to get more lines in view instead of wider lines.
Mar
17
comment How can I tell whether to use input masking or magic inputs which accept any format?
Telling the user what format you expect your data to conform to, can be achieved in many ways, all much more friendly and less frustrating than masks. (hint text, auto-cue's in the edit, examples of properly formatted text). The best I've come across are the free format inputs that either auto-format or are accompanied by a text field that shows the formatted results. Users quickly pick up on these and use them to their advantage without being hampered by input controls that are always lacking in what human behavior they allow for.
Mar
17
comment Adding text to a hierarchy of items
Is the extra text all they are able to change when editing an item in this context? Are inline edits on the tree possible? If so, I'd go with that and add a non-editable text box to the side of the tree to show what a front-end user would see for the item selected in the tree.
Mar
16
comment How intuitive to use image as an option in combo box?
Does it have to be either - or? Can't the image be accompanied by some text? Would also go a long way to reinforcing the association between the imagery and what it stands for.
Mar
16
comment Non Clickable Navigation Menus
Why doesn't it have a page? It could link to a page with a general description of the products and why the company is making those, or when there are more than a few products a page which lists them all, possibly categorized.
Mar
16
answered How to illustrate a “saved, but incomplete” state
Mar
15
comment Grey versus white background for ease of use and readability/legibility
I don't personally, but I have favorited an User Experience question on the matter: Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?. The accepted answer has a couple of references.
Mar
14
comment Grey versus white background for ease of use and readability/legibility
Actually, I think pure white isn't so much a preference as it is a default setting in designers. I've heard and read many designers arguing for non-pure-white backgrounds. It's easier on the eyes. There is such a thing as too much contrast.
Mar
10
comment Scheduling time-slot over a number of days
Actually, fiddling may be what is required here. I certainly didn't pick up from the dialog that the retry would occur every following day until successful (or obsolete). The "tomorrow" seems the obstacle. More importantly though: did you ask those 2 users what they took the dialog to mean? And what does that tell you about what needs to be changed?
Mar
10
comment Icons vs Icon colors
@occur: even so, placement does play a part here. You wouldn't be reordering the list all the time now would you? Unless you want to do something like Windows' infamous personalized menu's?
Mar
9
comment I'm writing an app for developers - should I use “proper” MiB, or just MB?
Why not ask? Because asking is putting the burden on the user. See all the relevant books on why sensible defaults need to be in place and why you shouldn't ask users for decisions on matters they don't understand and/or don't care about. If you do want to make this customizable, don't ask in the onboarding, but do give an option to change it somewhere in the settings. You will still have to pick a sensible default though.
Mar
9
comment I'm writing an app for developers - should I use “proper” MiB, or just MB?
+1 While many developers are sticklers for details, the MB numbers are by now widely recognized to be ambiguous. Unless we are trying to fit something into a limited space, even we developers don't much care anymore. Caveat being that of course I am only a sample of one.
Mar
9
comment Does testimonial actually work (we all know its fake)?
Not all testimonials are fake. But yes, even fake testimonials work. Why do you think the Nigerian obviously fake emails about richness work? If you want to use testimonials don't use pages: sprinkle quotes through the other copy on the site and in addition to pictures you may want to use screenshots of actual tweets or other social media shares (and link to them!). When you can find people behind the testimonials and it is obvious from their profile that they are real life people and actual users that lends a ton to the credibility of those testimonials.
Mar
9
comment Is it a good practice to remember checkbox selection across multiple pages in a grid?
It is always good practice to be helpful. So the question is: is what you want to do actually helpful to the user or does it make his life more complicated. If you can't answer that: ask the user.
Mar
9
comment Re-send email confirmation: is this really necessary?
+1 The question shouldn't be whether it is necessary, but whether it is helpful for the user.
Mar
9
comment Re-send email confirmation: is this really necessary?
How about the thing simply not arriving because your email provider just experienced a glitch? Or your internet connection went down, or your house was hit by lightening, or the electricity simply went, or your harddisk crashed, or... I could go on. Don't assume everything always works perfectly just because you are used to hit and don't assume everybody has the same speed and reliability in electricity and internet connections as you do. The question shouldn't be whether it is necessary, but whether it is helpful for the user.
Aug
20
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Jun
15
comment Can tags have hierarchy?
@O.R.Mapper I can see why you would want to do something like that. I just don't like it. The fact that NL is in Europe should not have to be expressed in the tag system but in domain knowledge. Also if you want to use tags to express these relationships, then a hierarchical system is going to prove limiting very quickly for the same reason that the original category hierarchical system was initially augmented by the more "anarchistic" tag system. If you really want to express relationships between tags, you need a network (ie you need to model N-M relations, not just a 1-N hierarchy).
Jun
15
comment Can tags have hierarchy?
@O.R.Mapper Apparently I am not getting through. My point of view is: if you want a hierarchical categorization: use categories. If you want multiple categorizations: use tags. If you want your tags to be in a hierarchy by all means do so, but to me it doesn't make sense because a hierarchy (to me) implies a single categorization.
Jun
14
comment Can tags have hierarchy?
@O.R.Mapper No, that is not what I am saying. I am saying that if you want to model that an item is related to multiple categorizations, then using tags is a better fit and more naturel than using categories.