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Programmer/Systems Analyst working mostly in PHP/HTML/CSS. Enthusiast follower of User Experience topics and solutions.


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comment Forgot password— show the rules for that passphrase?
Microsoft at least does (sort of)--if you enter a password longer than 16 (which they infuriatingly don't auto-truncate for you) it at least warns "hey enter just the first 16 characters". Unrelated, but don't limit your passwords to 16 characters.
Apr
3
comment Progress bars over 100%
Most video games simply start filling the bar over again from the left with a new color, though this is generally the case when "100%" is basically "one level" of an item and multiple "levels" are supposed to happen
Feb
21
comment Automatically end an exam when the test taker achieves the minimum passing score?
If you can change your answers at any time isn't this a potential vector for cheating?
Feb
13
comment Has user testing found that the “three horizontal bars” for main menu on mobile is commonly understood?
@JonW he said on Twitter he was interested in doing more testing, hopefully he will
Jan
20
comment How to portray to a user the security of an input field?
Personally I'd put a * mark and note something like "we don't store/we encrypt/this is only used for verification purposes"
Jan
14
comment From a UX perspective what are the main limitations of stack exchange?
Agreed with Andre; this is almost more of a Site Review (specifically listed as off topic) since it's really quite broad. You're rarely going to find just one UX issue with any site/product, so it's really better to ask about one specific feature/issue which can get very pointed answers.
Jan
7
comment How to deal with IE8 Compatibility View in a user-friendly way?
Oh does IE edge not break if a new version comes out? I was using IE=9 then it broke with 10
Jan
6
comment How to deal with IE8 Compatibility View in a user-friendly way?
If it's being treated link an Intranet (not 100% sure how IE detects that) then yeah that might be the only problem. Here if we accessed the site from customdns/site it would work but www.publicurl.com/site it would work. I don't have stats but I can't imagine compatibility view is over 1% without IE auto applying it.
Jan
6
comment How to deal with IE8 Compatibility View in a user-friendly way?
I've used the x-ua-compatible http-equiv attribute to boot people out of compatability mode since IE8, infuriatingly, assumes intranet domains should be compatible view'd, which was a problem for internal sites despite everyone having IE8 or higher. Not sure that fixes manually set compatibility view though.
Dec
22
comment Why do department stores create bad experiences with escalators?
Well this configuration also saves a large amount of space compared to a "spiral staircase" style setup (the only alternative I can presently think of)
Nov
27
comment Why there are two Enter keys and two ALT keys etc… on a general windows PC's keyboard?
Well the second enter, at least on a US keyboard, is specifically for the numpad so you can use it one handed
Nov
20
comment How do I make a table row on a web page look clickable?
@blesh I'd say touchable should be asked as a separate question altogether, since this question is so focused on mouse interaction; the two are just different enough to require separate answers
Nov
10
comment Permissions and Roles
(continuation of @Su-LaineYeoBrodsky's comment) If privileges are hierarchical, you should use a more restrictive control, such as radio buttons, instead of checkboxes to assign them. (BTW If there is no strong use case for non-hierarchical access levels, I would argue for the system to have them be hierarchical as it will save time for the user to click one radio button instead of multiple checkboxes. Also, it will give you the option of making the user go to the "Edit Contact" screen in order to Delete a contact.)
Nov
6
comment How to simplify the UI to prompt user for tiers of information?
Have you tried adding the next prompt as the previous ones are completed? Sort of like a single-page wizard
Nov
6
comment Better way to provide software downloads for an exe application
Additionally, a single download makes it much easier to see the total file size/how long it will take to download. Downloading a small installer hides the final download time, especially if your downloader doesn't reveal the final size either.
Oct
24
comment How should I update the UI after user role change
Oh, must have misread
Oct
24
comment How should I update the UI after user role change
@MarjanVenema that makes sense when privileges are revoked, but I don't see why it's necessary when they're added
Sep
30
comment Should i use “Be the first to like this” when there are no likes for a content?
Related answer (spoilers, it's mine): ux.stackexchange.com/questions/10543/…
Sep
6
comment font rendering issue
I've closed this without migrating it as it's a graphic design concern and it's already been asked over on Graphic design (where it was closed as there's already a question with answers for this issue): graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/21017/…
Aug
27
comment Two state button guide - for non-UX designers
I think this, as asked, is too much for one question; questions should solicit focused answers to a single problem, not a whole guide; see Should SO host howto-style writeups after all?. Something like a full walkthrough would be more suited for a blog post (we don't have one yet) or a curated list of items for the tag wiki for the relevant tag (granted we don't currently do much with tag wikis)