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Nov
13
comment Adding a “none of the above” option to a list of checkboxes
@Dorus If they're that dense, a greyed-out "None of the above" is likely to make them think something is broken.
Nov
12
comment Might a design be “too good” for users that expect a low price?
This question reminds me of Amazon.com - they had to keep "Sign in using our secure server" on the login button for certain pages to keep users from thinking "what, is it no longer secure?"
Nov
3
comment Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion
@L.Möller Yes, most look similar/same to me. What's funny is that they all focused way in on changing what's next to the item, and several say that - is only associated with reducing the quantity. No one has yet suggested changing the x in the upper-right to a - to symbolize "minimize"... (Which makes sense here, as your shopping cart does still exist off in the background)
Nov
3
comment Will using “X” for both “close” and “remove” cause confusion
@dan1111 If you opened up the shopping cart and had 5 of the item, then changed it to 3, then clicked Remove - that's where the ambiguity is. Am I removing all 5 or removing 3?
Oct
25
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
@CourtneyJordan Aren't extensions usually on business cards with a pound sign? So something like: 15551234567 #9876 (Edit - Google Image Search seems to indicate there is no standard. So it might be worthwhile to store both the original and stripped-down version)
Oct
23
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
On the first part of this answer, it used to be the 1 prefix was required, so I thought all phones still accept 15555555555
Oct
23
comment Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input
@UweKeim Also US numbers, if you have an extension
Oct
19
comment Discard unsaved changes in tab if user switches to a different tab?
@corsiKa Probably most use * due to color blindness. Going from dark to light or vice-versa would get around that, but might clash with the rest of your design.
Oct
1
comment Does Computer mean Desktop and Laptops?
@DavidZ No need to imagine; there are kids who grew up on T9 texting(!) whose words-per-minute are on-par with their keyboard usage. Ones who grew up on "smart" keyboards available on touch devices might even reach speeds you can't do on a physical keyboard due to word prediction.
Sep
28
comment Which way do arrows point on a tabbed web page?
The up-arrow version (with styling as shown in the question) evokes a callout, a specific type of "is detail of". I think those are the most common when arrows are used instead of tab styling or underlines
Sep
23
comment Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons?
@Colin'tHart Touchscreens can be far worse than buttons. An ATM that I use regularly was at one point miscalibrated for about a week. The whole thing was off by a good inch or so, putting touch-area for $100 on top of the displayed button for $20 (as well as all the other options in that column).
Sep
23
comment Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons?
Given the images in the comments, this seems to be an issue with some peoples' depth perception and/or spatial memory...? I have no difficulties seeing which arrows align with which buttons, even in the angled pictures. (I'm not saying it's not an issue, but that it might be a common edge case like color blindness - until seeing those pictures, I thought the question was talking about arrows that were actually mis-aligned (like the miscalibrated touchscreen on a nearby ATM I use, for a good week the touch-area was an inch to the left))
Sep
19
comment What is the origin of the eject symbol?
@user1757436 Rather than "up", it's more like the horizontal line is the slot you insert the cassette into, and the arrow means "out". A down arrow below the horizontal line could have meant the same thing.
Sep
19
comment How do I make every user's data “the most important”?
@NathanRabe If you're considering Option 1, then consider also that you should be able to use that customizable UI to create the defaults for Option 2...
Sep
17
comment Why did Windows add a pointer trail feature?
Yep, my dad had a Windows 3.1 laptop. Your choices at the time boiled down to, too fast to be visible while in motion, slow enough to be annoyed, or somewhere in between where the pointer gained a fuzzy quality that made you not want to look directly at it.
Sep
11
comment Why does the Caps Lock not toggle upper and lower case for selected text?
@Izhaki "B" also doesn't toggle as the OP is asking, given the example sentence: "fooBAR" -> "FOObar"
Aug
26
comment Should I empty the wrongly filled fields or leave as user has filled after validation message?
With touch, you don't even need to hold the delete key on some devices/browsers - I can long-press the field and "clear all"
Aug
24
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
@KenMohnkern If you click the "help" link next to the comment box, it shows how to put nice links in comments
Aug
24
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
@DavidRicherby and Franchesca, spoken commas include changes of pitch, not just pauses. The point is that they do indicate a break of some sort that can't otherwise be written in text.
Aug
12
comment Fibonacci pagination
+10 pages -> Looking for a specific time period on a forum