Bart Gijssens
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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?
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719 votes

This is the historical reason: (Concept drawing taken from document: VLSI-81-1_The_Optical_Mouse.pdf) The mouse, and therefore the mouse cursor, was invented by Douglas Engelbart, and was initially ...

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Why do washing machines have windows?
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In a washing machine the objects that are being washed move around. It's a dynamic process, that is unpredictable and always unique. Watching the movement is fun, it indeed gives a sense of control to ...

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Radio Button: Yes/No or No/Yes
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140 votes

I would like to advise you not to use Yes/No as radio buttons. It is advised to use sentence style labels in imperative style. Now, to answer the question in which order the options should appear, ...

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Alternatives to "Like", "+1", "Bookmark", and "Favorite"?
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"Like" is Facebook's creation and is strongly associated with Facebook. +1 is Google+'s creation and is totally associated with its brand. Thinking out of the box... It seems your functionality is ...

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Auto capitalization of name input fields
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73 votes

Auto capitalization is impossible. What algoritm would you use to auto capitalize when a lady enters "cléopatra diane de mérode" as her name? You would probably end up with things like: Cléopatra ...

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Toilet flush buttons
63 votes

OK, how about this? Should be understandable by everyone, irrespective of culture.

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Periods at the end of a sentence in alert message
41 votes

The only place where you don't use a full stop is in titles (such as in the title bar of a window). In all other cases, you need proper punctuation. Compare it to a book: the title of the book does ...

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Help or support?
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32 votes

In a desktop application, I associate "help" with a built-in or online documentation system, possibly containing a search function and/or a context sensitive guidance system. With "support" on the ...

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What properly goes into the "caption" of a message box?
29 votes

I'd say follow the User Experience Guidelines for your platform. In this case: Windows, see http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa511267.aspx, under the section named "Title". ...

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which is more intuitive time picker?
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In my opinion, Option 2 is the most user friendly. Reasoning: If the hour has its own up and down arrow you do not expect that using the up and down arrow of the minutes can change the hour as well. ...

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What will be the Best notifications and error messages?
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26 votes

There is a very simple rule that I use for myself: Error messages must not display error messages, they must display a solution message. The user does not care what is wrong and why, he simply wants ...

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Is it OK to phrase the title of a modal as a question?
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Not according to Microsoft. Use title-style capitalization, without ending punctuation. Source: Microsoft Guidelines for Windows, section about error messages.

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Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
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25 votes

How about: not making the text flash, but the background. This will improve readability of the text itself. work with an "animation" so that the background does not flip on/off but gradually fades in ...

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Should we allow special characters or numbers in name field?
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Yes you should! Your suggestion about having a validation rule would be a very bad idea. Did you know, the world's most common last name is 王? Here is a classic article that you need to read: http://...

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Should we restrict signup for a service to Facebook accounts only?
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While I agree that having "too many options is not a good UX", I would not say that having 4 or 5 options is too many. Your question also somehow suggests that you need to have your own sign-in ...

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Is there a visual glossary of (Windows) UI controls?
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17 votes

Sure, here is Microsoft's gallery: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dn688966.aspx

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Online Store - Should size comes first with color or vice versa?
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16 votes

Size should be first. Reasoning: Things that are beyond your control should go first. Your t-shirt size is not something you can control. You just happen to have a certain size. I can imagine that a ...

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Should checkbox labels be to the right or the left?
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If we ignore the possibility of right to left reading order (used in some languages), I believe that the label should always be on the right-hand side of the checkbox. In Windows, it is in fact ...

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Is it safe to assume everyone uses / has mouse wheels?
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No. Not everyone has a mouse wheel. Some users don't even use a mouse. They use the trackpad and the keyboard. Now, your real question whether it is good UX to hide the scroll bar and show it only ...

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If text is editable, how important is to show it (appearance wise) inside a text box?
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15 votes

A possible solution would be to do it like JIRA does. Normal: While hovering over it: When clicked on it:

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How to make a button look disabled
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14 votes

I think there are different options: put it in greyscale (if enabled buttons are colourful) make it lighter or put a transparant white overlay over it (if enabled buttons are generally dark) make it ...

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Is it a good idea to put the word "or" between buttons on a screen
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No. It's not a good idea. How many times have you seen this: There is no added value, it does not give any extra information. The "or" is actually part of the question, not the answer. Therefore it ...

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Is it recommended to play a sound for warning and error messages?
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12 votes

Playing sounds can be useful when showing error messages, information dialog boxes etc. However... It is not the responsibility of your application to force the user to hear these sounds. This is ...

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How to label status on buttons?
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Your current approach makes it impossible for a user to know what will happen when he pushes the button. You say that "to 'publish' the test the user needs to click the button". Then why is your ...

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You, Me, or Joe Soap
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Certainly not "me"! See "Your" vs "My" in user interfaces The choice between "you" and "Joe Soep" is more debatable. I would not mind to see my own name on it. I recognize my own ...

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Having 4 colors in logo (like Google, Microsoft and eBay), for which kind of companies does work too?
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I guess they use these colors because they form the "4 unique hues". See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unique_hues I would not go so far as to attach a certain meaning to this. While colors do ...

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Why do USB flash drives never provide for labels?
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Two reasons: Flash drives are, in contrast to floppy disks, seldom used to store data permanently. They are used for temporary storage mostly. E.g. transfer data from one computer to another, hand ...

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Why we don't have a Recycle Bin in mobile world
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While a mobile device does have an internal file system, the software hides this from the user. From a user point of view there is no file system. If there is no files system there are no files. Since ...

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Volume controls: Why is left down and right up?
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Every answer so far is way too far fetched in my opinion. The answer is in fact very simple. In which direction do we turn the big wheel when we want to turn down the volume? And in which direction ...

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Is tree menu "10 year old" design?
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9 votes

I'd say the design of a tree menu is much older than 10 years. Windows 3.1 had a tree structure as part of the UI in it's File Manager. Now, the fact that a design is 10 year old is no argument. ...

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