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Jan
20
comment Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?
Browsers really should simply show what the servers serve. Even a short error message may contain important information that they should not disguise. Servers do have options to show friendly or "raw" messages, sometimes even on a per code basis. I guess setting these options properly is not a priority for most website developers...
Jan
20
comment What are the Best Practices for Server Side Tabs?
Don't shuffle tabs. Most users rely on "positional memory" to find stuff. One of the reasons that "personalized menu's" were a failure.
Jan
20
comment Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?
The error codes are not there for historical reasons! They serve a very real purpose for browser developers as well as anybody retrieving pages programmatically. Showing them raw to a user is an UX fail, but does not in any way detract from their usefulness.
Jan
20
comment Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?
These error codes have a very specific use and significance. Displaying them raw to the user is an UX fail, but does not make them obsolete.
Jan
18
comment When should a select be replaced with a combobox?
@MattObee: Comboboxes are frequently used in "only from this list" scenario's where typing in the edit part of the combo is only allowed (if at all) to facilitate selecting the desired value. In general they are used when the list is too long for a simple listbox and values need to be selected from a more-or-less fixed set, or the values come from a table maintained in another part of the application.
Jan
18
comment Focus the form and block anything else?
Users will always do what they want rather than what you want. If they find it intrusive, they will run. I for one like to be able to read what I am commenting on and would find this overlay idea very obnoxious, unless: 1) the surrounding text remains readable and 2) I don't have to save or cancel, but can click away to do something else (read another comment) and come back later, preferably with the text I already entered still in the box.
Jan
18
comment Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?
+1. Especially for "never focus on the number of screens as a KPI" Too often these arbitrary numerical guidelines become goals in themselves to the detriment of why they were instigated in the first place.
Jan
16
comment How to ask a confirmation question?
@JohnGB: So have a big action button with the default action and a long text ("Remove Joe Soap from X group") and a smaller "cancel" link next to or under it.
Jan
15
comment 'Mark as read' on items that can not be 'opened'
Side note: did you consider there is a difference between new and unread? See also this answer: ux.stackexchange.com/a/30182/762
Jan
15
comment What are advantages and disadvantages of MagicScroll?
Yuck. Give me smooth unpaginated scrolling any day. Even uninstalled Adobe Reader because it insist on sticky page boundaries when scrolling instead of showing me a view of the bottom half of one page and the top half of another.
Jan
15
comment Group settings depending on state
@tblessander: Make the features multi-line items then. The side-by-side enabled/disabled columns are much to be preferred.
Jan
14
comment How early should you funnel users in a registration process?
@DanChristian: Ah, okay. eBay, buying and selling in one sentence in the context of a sign up question, somehow spells "sign up as" to me... ;)
Jan
14
comment How early should you funnel users in a registration process?
@DanChristian: eBay doesn't make you choose when you sign up. You can be both...
Jan
14
comment Form prompts inside form fields always wrong?
I'd bet a bar of chocolate on my view winning the speed and ease contest :-). Anyway that's why any date picker should allow for manual entry as well. Unfortunately, most don't.
Jan
14
comment Form prompts inside form fields always wrong?
Yes, I do. Nothing to do with being a developer. There are many other people entirely comfortable with using a keyboard to enter data. And typing in 8 characters in my experience is always faster than clicking to open the date picker, clicking umpteen (possibly 11) times to select the month, clicking to select the day, clicking to open up the year selector and then scrolling and clicking to select the correct year.
Jan
14
comment Sliders without inputs - terrible idea?
@KitGrose: yes, but how many people would know/discover that?
Jan
14
comment Form prompts inside form fields always wrong?
Not necessarily. I find it much easier and I am much faster typing in my date of birth than having to select it with a date picker.
Jan
13
comment Best way to implement a chained category selection
The ability to select both Audi and BMW and get models from both in the subsequent selector. And preferably not being forced to make selections in other categories just because the site thinks that it would return too many results. Let me be the judge of that - perhaps by giving me the number that would be returned if I don't refine my selection any further.
Jan
13
comment Best way to implement a chained category selection
I hate these things, unless they allow me to select multiple items from each category
Jan
12
comment What is the origin / meaning of the icon used for “database”?
Nothing to do with RAID. The depiction goes way further back than the emergence of RAID. Well back into at least the early eighties of last century and probably even further.