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May
5
comment Presenting data in a grid form versus a tabled form
Very good comment about grid and table being interchangeable for developers.
May
5
comment Why are email notifications editable in desktop clients but not in mobile apps (i.e. Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest)
Why is it obvious that I cannot change my mobile settings from a desktop browser?
May
5
comment Multilingual Comments on my website
Don't make it harder than it is: keep all comments visible to all visitors. Your visitors may speak more than one of the languages in which your site is available.
May
5
comment Editable Row in Table. Should You Disable the Sorting?
Editing and sorting both possible at the same time? Wow. So what would you do when the new sort order would take the row being edited off view (out of the view port)? Discard the changes or save them? If you pop-up an alert that you can't sort because a row is currently being edited, then there is no need to sort/filter on unedited data.
May
5
comment Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?
@Franchesca: LOL! (and sorry, won't do it again).
May
5
comment Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?
@DannyVarod: Sorry, but I think you may be wrong there. I have not come across many UI shapes for windows/forms other than squares and rectangles. Have yet to see a triangle shaped UI form...
May
4
comment Why are the profile pictures rounded nowadays?
@DannyVarod Because rounded edges are perceived as less threatening by the visual system. (Sorry no link but this stuck in my memory from reading articles about why MS (and Apple?) moved from squared corner windows to ones with rounded corners.)
Apr
30
comment Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?
There is another reason for more than one bulb: failing bulbs. When you have three separate bulbs in two out of three cases you know exactly what situation you are in (as one of the unbroken bulbs is on) and you can thus also spot the broken bulb and know that it would be on (because the others are off as well) - you would only have to wait at most one light change to know which bulb is broken (assuming that the chance of all three failing at the same time is slim).
Apr
30
comment Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?
There is another reason for more than one bulb: failing bulbs. When you have three separate bulbs in two out of three cases you know exactly what situation you are in (as one of the unbroken bulbs is on) and you can thus also spot the broken bulb and know that it would be on (because the others are off as well) - you would only have to wait at most one light change to know which bulb is broken (assuming that the chance of all three failing at the same time is slim).
Apr
29
comment Need suggestion for icon for 'Unknown File Type'
Look at what the file browser of the OS does. Windows Explorer shows the standard "document" icon for a file with an extension that has not been registered. Other OS's file browsers probably do something similar.
Apr
29
comment Why is blue used as a background color to indicate no signal?
I am pretty sure Amsterdam is not the only city in the world with a red light district? Hamburg comes to mind...? @Franchesca: blue light? What kind of entertainment would that be (or is it unsuitable for this site). I used to live in Amsterdam, but didn't encounter a blue light district. Admittedly, it was almost 25 years ago :)
Apr
29
comment Broad Application with many like screens
Yes, mock-ups of your proposed designs would help greatly. If you load them up to some image sharing website and provide the links, then someone here with enough reputation will add them to your post for you.
Apr
28
comment Why is 'Up Navigation' a recommended Android guideline?
@powerj1984: pity though that "swipe the menu out" is something that is not easily discovered.
Apr
25
answered Select between page and object on it when both have same boundaries
Apr
25
comment “soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?
I am subscribed to the littlebigdetails feed, but didn't yet know about the other two. Thanks!
Apr
25
comment “soft” error messaging. Is that a thing? Precedence?
Working on tax return submittal software we used this approach. We had error messages (this is plain incorrect), warning messages (we think your data is inconsistent) and informational messages (you entered X, you may be eligible for Y). Main thing users appreciated was the fact that none of these prevented them from entering incorrect information or from saving their tax return even when required information was still missing (error). Any errors did however prevent them from submitting the tax return to the tax people.
Apr
24
revised Maximum number of Color-Codes
edited body; edited title
Apr
24
comment Scrolling Checkerboard Background for Transparent Images
Please don't add it. It's distracting and serves no purpose.
Apr
23
comment Displaying useful contextual information without confusing user
Lose the background or dim it substantially. I can't see the forest for the trees.
Apr
23
comment Which keyboard shortcuts to chose on cross-platform software?
The obvious answer would be: make them adapt to the platform the app is running on! Yes, it is more development work, but your users will probably thank you for getting a "normal" response from your app to short-cuts that they are used to, instead of some unpredictable (to them) behaviour based on whatever scheme you came up with to forcefully amalgamate the different platforms.