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Apr
15
comment Is the term “Wizard” ubiquitous enough for a helper/walkthrough tool
What specific type of tool/popup do you have in mind? A "helper" and a "walkthrough/tour" are for different things, and you have answers for both
Mar
31
comment When should a top bar be fixed?
Personal opinion: never, 'cause I can't hit "page-down" to read more. It becomes "page-down, up, up, up"...
Mar
31
comment Are people sick of logins?
@Basic Awww, it disappeared a year ago
Mar
31
comment Are people sick of logins?
@Basic Used to be a "hidden feature" of Google Search, if you left-click into that site then hit "back", that result would now have a "block results from ___" option. Dunno if it was removed...
Mar
27
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
@BartGijssens Tails sit below the baseline. Numbers don't really have tails. And there are fonts that put the tails above the baseline anyway.
Mar
26
comment Should you concede to user demands that seem clearly inferior?
I'm with @ChrisH on this one: 75 items is too many to scroll through regularly. Around 15-20 is IMO where you'd want to start adding some sort of filter behavior. We use include Chosen's filtering behavior at 7-ish items, for example, because that's about as many that would be visible without scrolling.
Mar
18
comment Best way to create a timespan GUI element?
On your first one, I can't tell - which day are those times supposed to apply to? If the one on the left was PM and the one on the right was AM (and the darker area spanned both days) it would be obvious, but right now...
Mar
18
comment Best way to create a timespan GUI element?
@FranciscoPresencia There is evidence that humans think in a logarithmic scale more naturally
Mar
17
awarded  Nice Answer
Mar
16
awarded  Yearling
Mar
14
comment Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site
@allcaps My point is to use the standard language selector for "I speak this language". I just borrowed other images so I didn't have to spend too much time making my own while at work. When language is set to English, you'd use "German" instead of "Deutsch". May as well hide "English" at the same time since it doesn't make sense.
Mar
14
answered Can't get users to choose the language they speak on language learning site
Mar
14
comment Why are vote buttons on Stack Exchange shown when they can't be used?
I just clicked back to this tab and reflexively tried to close the warning in the screenshot. =(
Mar
13
comment Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time
@JonW I agree - I'm not just uncertain, I outright disagree with A. I learned to tell time on an analog clock and have to translate a digital clock to analog in my head, as I use the shape the hands make to understand what the current time is.
Mar
7
comment Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens
Interesting. I have a widescreen monitor, but chat windows, conky, and a few other things are in the right-hand side, so the browser has never taken the full width. So I just checked, and it turns out my browser window is 962px wide - which was chosen just by dragging the windows until it looked right.
Feb
27
comment Touchscreens in car consoles
@Paul There's enough trouble with people taking their eyes off the road to text message. Don't put the screen directly in their face.
Feb
26
comment What is the correct way to format cents and dollars in a grid column with a total?
Also, it would be good to keep the $ (or ¥ or whatever) off to the side, to make it totally obvious what the number represents, rather than drop it completely
Feb
24
comment Should Forms Auto Submit (Auto Advance) When Questions Are Correctly Filled In?
@AlanKlement The form if it has one - but then again, I know enough about backend implementations not to trust the browser's back button when dealing with forms - it may or may not work correctly.
Feb
22
awarded  Pundit
Feb
21
comment Should Forms Auto Submit (Auto Advance) When Questions Are Correctly Filled In?
As a user, the absolute first thing I would do every single time is click "back" so I can look over everything and ensure I didn't make a mistake of some sort. And if "back" didn't exist, I'd just close the page. Not worth the hassle.