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Jun
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Jun
11
comment Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?
Most definitely wherever that is a viable option.
Jun
11
comment Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?
First, nobody said anything about correcting a user's mistake. It's about helping the user to avoid mistakes. Second, it is a designer's job to make the user's life easier. One way to do that is to help the user reach their end goal with the minimum of frustration. Helping the user to avoid errors in the first place does that. Furthermore, in the case of a field where the characters are hidden the error message won't help them correct the problem if they are still not aware that the caps lock is pressed.
Jun
10
answered Should voting buttons on SE float down when scrolling?
Jun
10
comment Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?
Doesn't have to be a novice user. :-P
Jun
10
comment Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?
An LED on your keyboard is only useful if you're looking at your keyboard while you type. I just wrote this comment without once looking at my keyboard.
Jun
10
comment Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?
It doesn't seem like you're considering touch typists. If the Caps Lock key is on, it may not be because it was intentionally pressed. It may be because it was accidentally hit when another key was intended -- e.g. the 'A' key. This can happen while typing the password (for example) after the login name has already been typed. Also, what if the login name was automatically filled in? If the Caps Lock key was on accidentally, the user may not notice.
May
27
comment The coding monkey dilemma
@el.pescado: Quite the generalization.
Apr
30
answered Touchable slider with two sliders - best practice
Apr
22
comment How can I get people not to put trash in recycling bins?
Good luck! We have a green can clearly labeled organics that includes what is and is not appropriate yet still, on a daily basis, I pull plastic coffee lids, plastic wrap, aluminum, and so forth out of the container. We send emails around asking people not to do it. We put up signs. Nothing helps. I don't think it's a UX issue. I think it's a values issue as Peter Wone indicated. Too many people just don't care enough to make the effort.
Mar
20
comment Touch versus trace typing
For clarity, pushing letters on a touch screen is not touch typing. Touch typing is what I'm doing right now. I'm typing on a keyboard without looking at the keys.
Mar
5
comment Does the height of an input field affect UX?
This isn't what the question is about. The question is about whether or not the size of the input area influences how concise people are with what they type. It is not about space optimization.
Jan
31
comment How would you differentiate this cluster icon from a marker?
As a side note, I sure hope you don't have any colour-blind users. Red-green colour-blindness is the most common type. They may not be able to see your colour-only distinctions.
Jan
29
comment Why use 'fixed width' or boxed layout rather than fluid?
For many sites, the reason, as indicated by Aprillon, is for text readability. See baymard.com/blog/line-length-readability. It's not about different devices.
Nov
5
answered Ways for a company to organize common/shared Icons Images and Graphics
Sep
17
comment Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below?
Case in point: My wife works in healthcare. They purchased new laptops recently with Windows 7. Their IT immediately cleaned the OS from the machines and installed Windows XP and IE6. Welcome to the government. Since that time, they have announced a new and exciting program to upgrade all machines to Windows 7 and IE8. This entire program will take 2 YEARS to implement. You can't just tell a hospital to upgrade their machines. It just doesn't work that way. Reality.
Sep
12
comment When does a prototype become alpha software?
@I0b0: "... using TDD ..." Thank you! Thank you!
Jul
23
comment Should all links on a website be the same color?
This isn't a programming site but, since you've put some specific CSS here ... CSS class names should be semantic. In other words, the names should describe the item, not it's specific style. For that reason, names like "login-button", "register-button" are good; names like "blue-button", "green-button" are bad -- they tell you nothing about the item. Consider also that you may want to adjust styles over time as your web site evolves. Maybe blue isn't an appropriate colour for you login button anymore. If you login button has class blue-button, you have much more work to change it.
Jul
9
comment Why are double-handle taps still installed in households and public washrooms?
I wouldn't say that it's any easier to get the right temperature with one handle than with 2.
Jul
3
answered What is best practice for currency padding/rounding when entering values in a text field?