Jon of All Trades

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Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
Shouldn't this be on English rather than UX?
May
29
comment Why do door knobs still exist?
Supporting the price factor: on homedepot.com right now, plain Jane door knobs are $8 to $20; levers are pretty consistently $20 for basic models.
Mar
31
comment Authentic/Slang Talk tone of language in UI design
One man's opinion: I generally find casual speech to be endearing most of the time. HOWEVER, when an application is not behaving itself, it can be extremely irritating - it seems flippant, when the app should be respectful, apologetic.
Mar
31
comment Estimating Remaining Time for a Progress Bar
Links can rot. Care to summarize the article here in SE?
Feb
26
comment Touchscreens in car consoles
While this is interesting, is there really a question and answer here, or are we all just happily ranting together?
Feb
19
comment Why are graphical user interfaces considered user-friendly?
The conclusion that "the [expert] command line user is much faster" is highly dependent on the nature of the app. Building an .exe, sure; extracting a photo's foreground from its background, probably not.
Feb
5
comment Why do credit card forms ask for Visa, MasterCard, etc.?
Whether your site supports a particular card and how you present this to the user is one thing. How you get this information from the customer, or if you even need to explicitly ask for it is another. The question at hand is the second.
Nov
27
awarded  Student
Aug
16
comment Not known - Yes - No Buttons
This would be clumsy for a short list, but could be a big time saver if the list is very long. +1 for a good solution for that niche, if not likely for most situations.
Aug
2
comment Is there a more legible way to present tabular data?
Is this actually tabular data? To my mind, "tabular" implies rows and columns. This is simply a list of values and their names, arranged in columns.
Jul
10
comment How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?
"Lying" implies deliberate deception. The OP's message runs the risk of being inaccurate or deceptive, not lying.
Jul
3
comment Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay
+1 for a solution which would probably be acceptable to both users and managers.
Apr
18
comment What are your desktop UI pet peeves?
Can you expand on this, or give an example?
Apr
18
comment What are your desktop UI pet peeves?
By comparison, some complex tools like IDEs have incremental search for their options list, which works beautifully. I believe Eclipse does this, but I don't have it installed to test at work.
Mar
8
comment How do you give your user options without overloading them?
"New name" implies that you don't want to overwrite. "No" and "Cancel" are not the same if multiple files are involved.
Feb
23
comment Is there an optimal font size / line height ratio?
That's great if your goal is maximum accessibility, but surely such wide spacing is actually more difficult for most people? It'll certainly entail more scrolling, if you have a nontrivial quantity of text.
Feb
18
answered Why is it that all caps text looks like SHOUTING, but all caps handwriting is easier to read?
Feb
7
awarded  Commentator
Feb
7
comment What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?
Making a sign-in dialog modal makes sense, agreed. The site you link is an excellent example of how to do it right, too: the background is dimmed, and clicking anywhere outside the modal dialog closes it.
Feb
6
comment What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?
Thanks. A small window dedicated to the task makes sense, but I don't see that it would be better modal than non-modal. Why prevent the user from using the rest of the app until he's handled the request?