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Feb
3
comment Should US State be a dropdown or text field
@cimmanon Unless users know how the field is formatted (e.g. "NV - Nevada" or just "Nevada"), it's slower. They have to guess, and if they guess wrong, they have to start typing over again, because browsers will persist the keystrokes as they "type into" an entry, that turns out doesn't exist. I don't even know how to tell the browser to "forget" my previous keystrokes in a dropdown and start over from the beginning without using the mouse, or tabbing away, then shift+tabbing back.
Feb
3
answered Should US State be a dropdown or text field
Nov
18
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
comment Google plus hidden menu style
Typically, a navigation drawer, I think.
Oct
22
comment What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?
Use a single field and verify the input.
Oct
20
comment Users Entering Email Address Instead of Mailing Address (Web Form)
US addresses don't have a second street line. (Usually.) But please oh please don't add another address field (as I commented below) -- let's make the web better by simplifying address input instead of making it more confusing. (Sorry. I work at SmartyStreets. For some reason I'm kind of passionate about this...)
Oct
20
comment Users Entering Email Address Instead of Mailing Address (Web Form)
Oh, not more address fields! :o --- definitely don't add fields to the form. Let's consolidate the address field into one while we're looking at making improvements.
Oct
18
comment Are there studies that show how long a user is willing to wait when logging into a website?
Interesting question, though I doubt the delay would be noticeable with today's processors. If the delay was noticeable by a human and the processor was spinning that whole time chewing on a hashing algorithm, I'd be more worried about upgrading the hardware to handle the load than I would be about delaying the user a few more milliseconds. Ironically, that upgrade would speed it up. I have seen some sites (even the Linux desktop login) enforce a time delay, aside from actual computation time, to prevent brute-force.
Sep
20
comment Quizzing users on key points of the EULA?
Interesting idea, but I think DannyVarod's and Brendon's comments combined form a complete answer to your question.
Sep
13
revised How do I maintain flow during checkout?
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Sep
13
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
9
awarded  Enlightened
Sep
6
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
6
answered Is labelling a checkbox as mandatory redundant?
Sep
6
revised Order of address, city, country in form
added 291 characters in body
Sep
6
comment Order of address, city, country in form
Also, I'll add: ZIP codes frequently change, and a ZIP code may often map to multiple cities or even states, making a city/state auto-fill less than trivial.
Sep
5
comment Order of address, city, country in form
Exactly. And with good auto-complete, you get the whole address including ZIP code after just a few characters (typically). Just remember, too, that it's not uncommon to forget, not know, or mistype a ZIP code (users can have a hard time with numbers).
Sep
5
answered Order of address, city, country in form
Jun
20
revised How to drive conversion in a website?
added 58 characters in body
Jun
12
accepted What intent does the Tab key convey?