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bio website marjanvenema.com
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Software developer since 1985. Started in Cobol, moved via Clipper/VB to Delphi. Delphi developer since 1998. Sniffing at C# and playing around with javascript and some php for websites. Coaching new employees and less experienced developers. Focused on software architecture and SOLID design. Keenly interested in user experience and usability.

Questions

When you ask a question, show your effort, provide all the details that will help someone to help you and be precise.

Answers

When you answer a question, don't just paste your code. Your answers will be much better when you explain why your code is doing what it does and how it achieves the asker's goal. It makes it a whole lot easier to follow along. As it is I am much more inclined to up-vote answers that have explanatory text about what the code is doing and why it is written as it is.

Answers that just contain links aren't likely to get an up-vote from me either

Other

Obligatory link whenever someone thinks they are improving security by imposing all sorts of rules on password composition: Password strength


Feb
23
comment Starting a personal UX project?
+1 for the book link. The step-by-step guide is a bit "waterfall"y but gives a nice overview. I guess that in an agile team the analyze, design and test/refine steps would be executed more in parallel for various users tasks.
Feb
22
comment What content is considered off-putting, “scammy”, or users don't care about for a website?
It probably isn't so much about the information in and of itself, but the tendency to put it "in your face" that sparks unease. Most points you raised can be addressed by addressing why. What makes you exceptional, why is it significant that company X is one of your customers and what made them pick your product. Not addressing that indeed does seem like shouting and showing off and hoping some of X's fame and reputation will rub off on you.
Feb
22
comment Why do Mac's only have one mouse button?
Duplicate or reverse? Why have two mouse buttons when one is sufficient?
Feb
21
comment Need some bulk download ideas for elderly users
Yes, because if you code the downloader right, it should be able to do its job with minimal interaction with the user, plus any compiled code has ample space to include clear well written instructions.
Feb
21
comment Need some bulk download ideas for elderly users
We should be able to come up with something better. Starting the download with a downloader that then pulls the selected files, like @user3058846 suggested, sounds pretty good to me. Downloader can even delete itself after it is done.
Feb
21
comment Need some bulk download ideas for elderly users
I'd try to find a way to let your users select the files they want and download them with a single further click. @user3058846's idea of a dedicated downloader - possibly platform specific - is a good start. Not familiar enough with scripting to know what would be possible and how various possibilities can be combined to make for a great solution, to answer rather than comment. Go talk to your developers to come up with a creative solution :-)
Feb
21
comment Need some bulk download ideas for elderly users
@Kweamod: Windows had the ability to open zips long before Win8. IIRC native zip support was added with XP.
Feb
21
comment Need some bulk download ideas for elderly users
I would absolutely not appreciate any site combining several distinct pdf's into a single one. They are separate pdf's for a reason. What you are proposing means I can only get them as a single pdf or have to download each as a separate actions. Not exactly a friendly user experience.
Feb
21
comment Automatically end an exam when the test taker achieves the minimum passing score?
What? You are gonna cheat me out of a 10 (out of 10) just because I managed to achieve a 6 (out of 10)?
Feb
21
comment Should a logo always be square?
@user1720004 but you can "accept" an answer. See also ux.stackexchange.com/help/someone-answers. And by the way, I think your rep by now is high enough to cast votes.
Feb
21
comment Whether the security verification code in sign-up form is user-friendly?
Oh and by definition features to enhance security, or in this case not really to enhance security but to prevent spam, are never user-friendly.
Feb
21
comment Whether the security verification code in sign-up form is user-friendly?
Have a look at CAPTCHA on mobile: what are the alternatives? for alternatives. The question may be focused on mobile but the answers are applicable to all media.
Feb
21
comment How to avoid conflict with potential simultaneous moderation of the same item?
No there is not a 100% guarantee that there will be moderation conflicts. That is only a guarantee if the developers don't address this properly. However, addressing it properly possibly takes more effort than addressing the possibility of conflicts. The way the SE sites do it is to inform you after you click your decision when your decision was pre-empted by someone else and when your decisions conflicted, also offering you the links to take action on that.
Feb
21
comment How does removing Published Dates affect the UX?
@JonW: ah, could be the wording of the "mark" I guess. If it had said what you just did, I'd probably not have "jumped to the defense" :)
Feb
21
comment How does removing Published Dates affect the UX?
@JonW: that may be true, but often knowing that at least one person would be seriously irked can be enough to make a decision. Especially as J.T. also states why he would be irked and the reason (knowing whether the content is relevant or outdated) would be useful for anybody reading the content. Plus: not everything in UX has been researched, so sometimes personal opinion is all we have. Benny's answer doesn't have any real references either (the obituary is just a link to an example where dates matter). Or did you mark this answer only because it happened to appear in a "short answers" list?
Feb
21
comment Any research on the usability of the “inline modals” design pattern?
@DA01: Totally agree. Absolutely a very important nitpick. Terminology is confusing enough as it is, it doesn't help when people start misusing terminology and are thereby confounding issues even more.
Feb
21
comment Save settings changes to configuration file optionally
@ALZ: Sure :) Done.
Feb
21
answered Save settings changes to configuration file optionally
Feb
20
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Feb
20
comment Save settings changes to configuration file optionally
On windows it is common practice that when changing settings these are preserved from then on. Which means that the new settings should survive stopping and starting the application. And that in general means saving them to file or to a database. To be blunt: I would curse - and probably remove - any application that did not remember my settings from one session to the next.