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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


Jan
3
comment Term for menu that appears at the top of many webpages
@Sylverdrag: if you fight the terms without the quotes, Utility still wins by a mile: 12.2 million versus only 2.7 million....
Jan
2
comment Do people really want to look at multiple windows at once?
Short answer: Yes! I hardly ever maximize windows.
Jan
1
comment Filtering and Sorting Names and Location
If you have the image online, edit your question and add a link to the image. Someone with enough rep may then be kind enough to add it for you.
Jan
1
comment Should shortcut keys be prefaced by shift/alt/ctrl?
You can also show an auto-fading/closing hint about the shortcut when a user clicks the "normal" button/menu option. I have seen it in various web applications now and it is a very nice way to learn about available short cuts.
Jan
1
comment Should shortcut keys be prefaced by shift/alt/ctrl?
You can also show an auto-fading/closing hint about the shortcut when a user clicks the "normal" button/menu option. I have seen it in various web applications now and it is a very nice way to learn about available short cuts.
Dec
31
comment browser geolocation: offer to user automatically?
I'd go for 2. Don't ask for authorization until you need it. I may be visiting accidentally (clicked wrong link in another page) and may not want to have anything to do with your site at all, let alone with authorizing it to query my location.
Dec
31
awarded  Enlightened
Dec
31
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
30
comment Making buttons easier to read
Ah, ok. Would be better if you put it in the question (you can edit your questions and answers on this site). This time I have done it for you. :-)
Dec
30
revised Making buttons easier to read
Added question OP stated in comments
Dec
30
comment Making buttons easier to read
Nice statement, but what is your question?
Dec
29
comment How to avoid 12:00 AM midnight/noon confusion in a time input field?
+1 This confusion is why I always prefer the 24 hour clock... Though I suppose that people used to the am/pm stuff might not be as confused as those who are not?
Dec
27
comment Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
@unor: that's why usually ctrl-up and ctrl-down are used. The fact that you cannot use specific keys doesn't invalidate the need to be able to perform those actions using keyboard shortcuts.
Dec
27
comment How to choose the better placement for Sidebar: Left or Right?
If by "he's correct" you mean the team lead being rightin wanting the navigation on the left, I'd say he is wrong. And points #2 and #6 in the article you reference actually dictates that the primary content be on the left and secondary content like navigation on the right.
Dec
27
comment Best Practice for a button that performs multiple actions
Why would it confuse them? It would actually give them the means to learn that you can only disconnect while connected and you can only cancel when connecting but not connected yet.
Dec
27
comment Walk the user through initial data entry after the first login
LOE? I am sure it is obvious to you, but to me (and possibly many others) it isn't?
Dec
25
comment Best way to represent distance in a clear way?
It makes a huge difference to the distance if the job is on the west of a large city/town and the user is also on the west side or over on the east side... You would be better of using the user's exact location if they are willing to provide it.
Dec
23
comment A Linux OS as Single Display Groupware
I like your idea. Rings bells of some remote-access/assistance solutions that allow simultaneous access to the desktop by the local and remote user. Gonna be fun to see the focus-stealing-wars.
Dec
23
comment Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
@unor: no, that is not true. You can have keyboard shortcuts without corresponding buttons. Hitting for example the up or down arrow can still move items around without there being a button to do the same thing. Having the drag icon there should be enough indication that moving items is possible.
Dec
21
comment Redirect automatically to login or explanatory page?
@ThomasClowes: the login page where you automatically redirect your users could also display that information simply based on from where the user was redirected to the login page. With a clever bit of (partial) html files based around the referer, you could make it a very versatile login page indeed.