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Jan
26
comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
@samgak: Could you edit that screenshot into your question above? I think it would help to see clearly what your sliders currently look like.
Jan
24
comment What cues can I use to nudge users away from setting extreme values on a slider?
@samgak: Since this is not a critical feature (the software remains perfectly usable even without it), using color cues is probably safe enough. Presumably, the intersection of the sets of people who are both a) colorblind, and b) dumb enough to crank the sliders to the max and complain about the results, is small enough to tolerate. But if you want to be sure, use a width cue also.
Jan
12
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Nov
13
comment Adding a “none of the above” option to a list of checkboxes
+1 for noting that, whatever we do on the client side, the input still needs to be validated on the server after being submitted.
Oct
19
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Sep
24
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Aug
22
comment Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?
It's actually kind of hard to tell, but the way it sounds to me, when I try to speak you example sentence naturally, is that the gaps between "sausages" and "bacon" and between "bacon" and "eggs" are of fairly similar length, but the unstressed "and" falls into the second gap, partially filling it. (If "bacon and eggs" were a single phrase, like "services and support" in the example above, I'd read it all run together, as in "bacon-n'-eggs". Alas, that looks silly in writing.)
Jun
12
answered Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?
Mar
29
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
And my point is that they look a lot better in, say, Hoefler Text or Pesikar's Museo Slab. Raleway may be "nifty", but its text figures (and especially their hinting at small sizes) rather suck.
Mar
28
comment What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?
Those are some pretty ugly "old-style" numbers you've picked there for your example. I especially dislike the zero, which, in proper text figures, should IMO never extend above the median line.
Mar
20
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Mar
20
comment Is there a universally recognizable “Download” button?
There's no such thing as a "universally recognizable" symbol for an abstract concept, just some really widespread cultural symbol/concept associations. Besides, I'm sure there are still plenty of people on Earth (even excluding small children) who have never even encountered the concept of "downloading", much less a symbol for it. The closest you can really ask for is something like "a symbol that 90% of all people who've heard of downloading would associate with it", and yes, I agree that the downward-pointing arrow is probably as close to that as it gets.
Mar
2
comment Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?
@Keavon: That's the new Firefox Australis UI, coming to your browser any day now. And yes, it looks a lot like Chrome.
Feb
19
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Nov
20
revised What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
add some poor man's indentation
Nov
20
answered What are the options for displaying 3 metrics in a 2D graph?
Oct
19
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Jun
29
comment Why do light switches find themselves OUTSIDE the room they light up in some European countries?
@Valmond: The English term is ground fault interrupter, basically the same thing translated word for word. (Oh, and shouldn't that Swedish word be written together without the space?)
Jun
29
comment Why do coins in some countries not display their denomination?
I suspect one reason this is less of an issue than it could be, at least in the U.S., is the prevalence of paper money and, more recently, of credit cards. On my recent three-week visit to the States, the only U.S. coins I ever needed to handle were quarters, and even those only for some old coin-operated laundry machines that didn't accept any other method of payment.
Jun
29
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