Podcast #128: We chat with Kent C Dodds about why he loves React and discuss what life was like in the dark days before Git. Listen now.
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comment Why is the drag area usually limited to the “title bar”?
It's probably better to use the "most common" (expected) behavior (restrict drag-window to the title bar) rather than expecting users to learn a general rule ("click and drag anywhere to move the window") and then a whole bunch of exceptions: "clicking on an input won't work. Don't click on a scrollable map. Doesn't work here, doesn't work there...". It's even worse if it varies from window to window within an application. Stick to nice and simple -- and expected.
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comment Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?
OK, is your 80 year old grandmother going to understand what a fist bump is? How about someone from a foreign culture where intimate personal contact is strongly frowned upon (and they don't even shake hands)?
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comment Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?
Isn't that a "tag cloud", with the most common tags/responses largest? I agree that other than most-to-least popular (by size), it doesn't show all that much useful information.
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comment Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?
Isn't that strongly cultural dependent? I think a fist bump, high five, or (!) a booty bump could be misunderstood by many people, unless you have a very limited and homogeneous set of visitors.
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comment Should all links on a website be the same color?
Consistent text link colors (unvisited, visited, active, etc.) are required across the site. Pick something that stands out not only from the all the backgrounds, but also from surrounding text. Use multiple methods (color and decoration such as underline, for example) for redundancy for people with color vision deficiencies. Whether you want to use the same, or a similar scheme, for buttons is up to you, but follow the same general rules. An icon is a good idea, but you should probably stick to a Unicode-defined character rather than an image.
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answered Should map markers be called pins or markers?
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comment Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?
And for those using Internet Explorer browsers, wouldn't they be confused as to whether the intent is to bookmark the page (put in Favorites) or do something else?
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answered Force user to answer simple question before revealing two different inputs
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answered Why are clients afraid of empty space?
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comment How can I make monochrome icons work?
Always keep in mind that color alone should never distinguish one icon from another. Many people have some degree of color vision deficiency (colorblindness), with problems with red and green being the most common. It's amazing how often UX designers forget this.
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comment Layout for on-screen hexadecimal keyboard
+1 There's something to be said for extending a familiar design (a calculator or numeric keypad) layout, rather than inventing something totally new. Note that if it was more important to extend a telephone keypad (1-2-3 on top, with 0 in not in numerical order), it's not clear how you would want to lay out 0 and A-F. The "tallness" of the layout is a bit of a concern, but I think the basic familiarity outweighs that.
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comment Why do door knobs still exist?
Just a comment on catching clothing etc. on a lever. I once encountered a spherical metal doorknob where the nickel/chrome plating was faulty and had detached. If someone had grabbed it and twisted, they would have had a very nasty gash to their hand. That's probably so rare an event that it would not be considered an advantage of lever over knob (less sliding motion on a lever, more direct pressure).
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