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Jan
27
comment Sex or gender on web and system apps?
Based on your comments, it doesn't seem like you really need to know this information. Address them by their name. That is all. I haven't seen a good explanation as to why it is important to know their gender.
Jan
27
answered Should searching a table include hidden columns?
Dec
15
comment Design process : which is the best moment to include developers in the process of software development?
Developers wanting interfaces that work for THEM and what THEY like is not indicative of developers who care about design (unless you're designing a developer tool). What you are describing are developers concerned about making their live's easier. If you are truly working with developers who care about design, they will be thinking from the user's perspective, not their own.
Dec
14
comment For death year, should I use N/A or — if person still alive?
@McGafter: "Pending". Funny!
Nov
1
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Oct
9
comment Can the “$” symbol be safely considered as universal when making a graphic depicting money?
... and Canada ... and Singapore ... and New Zealand, etc. etc.
Sep
2
comment Best way to find and select a country
This is a possible solution if the user is trying to select their own country. I didn't see anything that said that is the case.
Sep
2
comment Canadian Postal Code Input field
@Novina: Agree if the application does not require an address. If it does require an address (e.g. entering shipping information), then looking up the postal code is a viable option.
Sep
2
comment Does the average user understand what an Internet robot is?
Ask your mother.
Sep
2
answered Canadian Postal Code Input field
Aug
24
comment Verbosity of labels
Sorry Bart, I'll clarify. Most usability experts will disagree with your statement "Use normal, natural language in your entire UI as much as possible." As for the "why" part: Users are very task-oriented. They wish to accomplish whatever they're trying to do quickly and move on. To achieve that, they scan for key words far more often than they read. "Delete" (if the context is clear) or "Delete selected file" is far better than "Are you sure you wish to delete this file". In your case, in fact, the important information is at the very end "delete this file"; exactly where you don't want it
Aug
19
comment Verbosity of labels
Most usability experts will disagree.
Jun
26
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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.