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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.
Jan
12
answered What is the origin / meaning of the icon used for “database”?
Jan
11
comment Hyphenating URLs and email addresses that would overflow their container?
@Baumr: how do you ensure that? (Apart from the fact that hyphenating it still produces a visual inaccuracy)
Jan
10
comment UX design solution for app modelling “the act of writing down helps me recall stuff”?
Thanks for the answer and the reference! Love learning why things are the way I experience them... :-)
Jan
10
comment UX design solution for app modelling “the act of writing down helps me recall stuff”?
Something stylus based certainly. The act of typing is nowhere near as effective in aiding recall as actually physically writing something down. Don't know why, but it is my experience that the two don't equate. On mobile (or tablet), using the virtual keyboard the focus seems too much on operating the virtual keyboard to aid in recall effectively.
Jan
9
comment Why some sites don't allow the deletion of entries?
@Mervin: owner can "soft" delete posts: they are no longer visible to other users except moderators and users with high enough reputations.
Jan
9
comment When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?
google.com does open links in new window when you have told it do so so through your search settings. It's one of the first things I change when I happen to have cleared my cookies or use a new computer...
Jan
8
comment Should the phone number country code be added depending on the user country?
And what about a UK person traveling abroad without adjusting their location settings? They would need the +44....
Jan
8
comment Best way to warn a user of potentially bad data
Thanks guys (and @jbabey also for the link, studying...)
Jan
7
comment Best way to warn a user of potentially bad data
+1, just a question: how do you "blur away" and what is a "blur" listener? (Hoping to learn something new again today)
Jan
7
comment Boolean table cell values - best way to show Yes/No
+1 Only gripe I have with this is that the "No's" attract more attention than the "Yes'". I'd probably use a grey scale cross to tone it down.
Jan
6
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Jan
6
reviewed Approve What do you call the method for ranking a set of items using a series of questions comparing just 2 at each time
Jan
6
comment “Shaking” button leading to increase in conversion rate?
For me, a shaking button would be reason to run as fast as I can. It's intrusive, and resembles someone shaking a fist at me. But hey, that's only my opinion, maybe others like buttons shaking at them...
Jan
4
comment Subject line of mailto: links?
@Baumr: I don't see having a prefilled subject as a benefit. If I don't want to type a subject, I just don't. Having a prefilled one, means I need to think about what it says (whether I agree with it or not) and possibly remove/change it. And then indeed there is the mobile factor... :-)
Jan
4
comment Subject line of mailto: links?
@Baumr: To address the UX of prefilling the subject line: I don't see any users objecting to it, but don't see any benefit to them either. That's why I addressed your apparent assumptions (not only the subject line being changed). If you really want to track how many people are using the mailto link, you will have to find other means. There simply are too many ways in which this can go wrong for you to use it in any kind of analysis.
Jan
4
comment Subject line of mailto: links?
Yes, forgot to delete comment, see my answer. You can't rely on the subject line not being changed.
Jan
4
answered Subject line of mailto: links?
Jan
4
comment Subject line of mailto: links?
So make it a different e-mail address...
Jan
4
comment How do I link people back to the mobile site from the full site?
@JonW: If the two sites have different addresses, ie m.mydomain.com for the mobile site and www.mydomain.com for the browser site, you should respect the address I typed in, regardless of the device I use. Especially when the sites have differences in functionality. Some mobile sites do not offer "preferences" or whatever, while the main site does, and then force a redirect on me when I am on my mobile regardless of the fact that I typed in the main site's address in my phone's web browser, making it impossible to change my ... when on mobile.