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Apr
4
comment Is it good to propose a screen-reader version of my website for blind users
@JörgWMittag IIRC a few years ago Google's crawler got some capabilities to run javascript to allow it to index sites that were constructed in a highly dynamic fashion. It might still have the other impairments; but it does have at least have some capabilities of a modern browser.
Dec
21
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Dec
16
answered Most User Friendly Color Picker
Oct
15
comment Should date pickers for meetings offer the ability to schedule a meeting for 0 minutes?
@DasBeasto even if you can split them out, why would I want to have to learn how to use separate meeting and reminder features. Keeping everything together in a single interface and single calendar is simpler and more convenient than dealing with more than one of them.
Sep
21
comment What is considered better UX - have tooltips on important features or provide a tour
Putting a Did You Know element beside normal content is better than doing it in a modal popup; but if it's eating space on a page that I could use to see more data without scrolling my content blocker (ABP, it's not just for blocking ads) will probably get another rule in short order. OTOH I regularly use ABP to obliterate non advertising related parts of a site that get in my way.
Sep
10
comment Why does the cursor have a tail?
Going full circle, the article on fastcodesign.com cites an answer elsewhere on UX.SE
Aug
23
revised Should you always minimize cognitive load?
put quoted formatting on text copied from the 3rd party site.
Aug
23
suggested approved edit on Should you always minimize cognitive load?
Aug
18
comment Is “user-select: none” bad UX?
@MichaelKohne ... and then being a programmer I fire up my browsers debug mode and copy the text I wanted before departing. Never to voluntarily return.
May
13
comment Do signs printed on the road offer a significant advantage for the user over signs on a post?
@Mark Tell that to the idiots who painted the ring road around a local mall. ~40 feet from one spot where you can turn left to exit the ring they have a strait or left arrow painted. At the stop line, it's a left only arrow. There are no other possible turns between the two painted arrows. Virtually all of the people I've seen driving through that intersection and then making a left ~40 feet past it into a restaurant drive strait through the intersection in the mis-marked lane.
Mar
12
comment Should multiple user accounts be allowed to use the same email address?
@Bob It's not just hosts going down. People change employers. People change ISPs. They decide a mass market webmail address is too sheepy and decide to host a mail server on their own domain. They decide that self hosted email is too much work for the effort and switch to a mass market webmail provider. etc. etc. etc.
Jan
26
comment Why are monitors only at neck height by default?
The w3schools numbers combine external monitors, laptop screens, tablets, and phones; unless they've got a per device class breakout I'm not sure how much I'd give them for any one use case. Steam's hardware survey, which is biased the other way (toward higher end systems) has 1920x1080 as 33% and 1366x768 following at 27%. In both cases I suspect 1366x768 is dominated by laptop screens which are almost all smaller than your 19" screen and universally low if not put on a stand of some sort.
Jul
28
comment How many required fields are too many?
@JonW just make sure that if you're updating an existing system you test it thoroughly after making fields optional/input elsewhere so you don't have some part of the code blowing up because it assumed they could never be null.
Jul
24
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
@BrianS DnD is also used when you've got something in your room that you don't want the staff to mess with; either due to paranoia about loss (eg sensitive business documents, high value electronics, etc) or that's legal but would freak the mundanes.
Jul
23
comment “Do Not Disturb” tags in hotels, how can they be improved?
Con: The user needs to remove/replace the DND tag every time they enter the room, and the clean now if they return before housekeeping.
Jul
22
comment What to do with the “last” button in pagination?
If you don't add some special functionality to the ..., pulling a few intermediate values into the sequence makes it easier to reach pages in the middle of a long with without manually editing the URL.
Jul
21
answered Is it better to include shipping cost in the product price?
Jun
10
answered Is a star rating more user-friendly and valuable than a simple up/down vote model?
Apr
18
comment Is there any evidence to back up the theory elderly people won't know how to use a smartphone?
@KitP I'm not sure your last sentence can be assumed to be true for people of any age at this point. The intensity of the hard sell carriers are making for smart phones over the last few years means there's a long tail of people who have smart phones but mostly use them the same way they did their old feature phone and who can only fumble their way through the rest of it on the rare occasions they need more than the basics.
Apr
17
comment Why did early telephones use a rotary dial instead of 10 individual buttons?
@PhillipW Probably a combination of if it's not broke, don't fix it; and rotary phones being cheaper than touch tone for some time after the latter were first available.