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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
Aug
3
comment How can wiring systems be designed to not rely solely on colour?
You'd also no longer have the option of shortening the wire, since that would remove all identification marks
Aug
1
comment How can wiring systems be designed to not rely solely on colour?
Well, crap. According to this, I learned violet was purple and purple was violet...
Jul
28
comment Should a progressbar go both ways?
@Lodewijk If by "everlasting" you're referring to the "Checking for updates.." image in the answer, part of the point of them is to show the user that nothing crashed and their computer didn't freeze. This was necessary on older Windows, although nowadays they should be temporary as mentioned in the answer
Jul
23
comment What to do with the “last” button in pagination?
Good or not, it's inherited from hardware days. VCRs and other recorders put Fast-Forward to the right of Play, and also used the double-arrow. (And in fact, I've seen it used like that on occasion online - using >> jumps ahead 5 or 10 pages, but not to the end)
Jul
19
comment Should I support minimum page widths below 960px on a non-responsive layout?
@Luke Windows 7 has dual-column docking, one of my brothers uses it to play games on one side and browse on the other
Jul
19
comment Stop user opening links in a new tab
@That--Guy_ So, I open Firebug and set a breakpoint to modify it before it's sent...
Jul
17
comment Messages such as “Operation Successfully Completed”: Is word “successfully” really necessary?
Operation Terrifyingly Completed