Discussion Archive: April 2004

26 Apr 2004 - 6:51pm
12 years ago
5 replies
Dave Malouf

Re: multi-select choosers of complex large sets.

Hi Andrew,

A great example would be choosing addresses in Outlook.
If you go to the "to" chooser, it has the means for a user to easily select
from your personal database of addresses, but what is added besides the
user's name is more information to make sure it is the right person. In this
case that added metadata isn't always necessary but it can certainly help.
In my situations it is often a requirement. I.e. select files.

26 Apr 2004 - 5:44pm
Andrew Otwell

Re: Discuss-interactiondesigners.com Digest, Vol 7, Issue 25

>A problem that I have often found in web-based applications is around the
>selection (multi-select) from a large data set that requires the display of
>multiple layers of meta-data in order to allow the user to make a proper and
>informed selection.
Can you point to an example in desktop or web apps? I'm not sure I'm
clear on what you're asking for.


26 Apr 2004 - 5:41pm
Andrew Otwell

drag-and-drop between Flash list components

I think I saw this on this list a while ago: did anyone point to an
example of dragging-and-dropping elements from one select list to
another in Flash?

(BTW, I'm interested in alternate design ideas or usability suggestions
on this, I'm just looking for a specific example of this interaction
constructed in Flash. Thanks.)


26 Apr 2004 - 11:20am
12 years ago
2 replies
Dave Malouf

selection from large & complex data sets?

hey there,

A problem that I have often found in web-based applications is around the
selection (multi-select) from a large data set that requires the display of
multiple layers of meta-data in order to allow the user to make a proper and
informed selection.

It appears that the current set of conventions and standards don't work well
in all circumstances, especially when the selections are made as a
sub-selection for another item (what I have been taught to call a correlated
repeating attribute).

My issues are around making these selections clear in method.

26 Apr 2004 - 6:20am
Dave Malouf

ADMIN: Sorry to say this, but the thread on Umbrella needs to stop

Hey there folks,

I am going to request that we move the conversation about umbrella and
respect and all its new variants to the workgroup list.

Since many people will be coming in after a long weekend and might not get
this message in time, please realize that some people will make a posting
after this message is sent. That's fine. If someone asks you a specific
question please be sure to direct your response ONLY to that person.

If I see a lot of back and forth I am going to put the list in moderation.

26 Apr 2004 - 2:27am
12 years ago
4 replies

The Umbrella and respect

Hi Ben

Thanks for sharing the link to Tog's article. I hadn't read it before.

Ben Hunt wrote:
> I'm personally warming to Tog's preference of replacing design with
> (http://www.asktog.com/columns/057ItsTimeWeGotRespect.html).

I recently came to the same conclusion and decided to dub myself a User
Experience Architect.

25 Apr 2004 - 7:45am

Unbidden dialog boxes [Was & also is Access points for context sensitive help]

Hi Alysander

Thanks for your reply. This is an interesting topic--to us anyway. :-) Once
upon a time, long ago, I designed a help authoring and delivery system for
the Mac that I wanted to bring to market. But then I went to work for Apple
where Apple Guide was just starting up and ended up contributing to that
design. Also, I was a tech writer before I became an interaction designer
and authored help systems, among other things.

23 Apr 2004 - 3:34pm
12 years ago
8 replies

Convention versus innovation

Consistency is touted as an important principle of UI
design. Arguments are made about focusing on user
needs, and avoiding stringent adherence to external
and internal consistencies. But, nonetheless, taking
advantage of user habits is a good thing for ease of
learning and intuitiveness etc.

What is the criteria for choosing an innovative design
over a conventional one? In addition, how does one go
about convincing non-designer, decision makers
(product managers etc) to take a chance with an
innovative design?

23 Apr 2004 - 2:59pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Victor Lombardi

entering password twice

In the case where we are creating a password, we are
often asked to type it twice in case we typed it
incorrectly the first time, since the text field does
not display the characters and we can't visually
confirm what we typed is correct.

I'd like to know if anyone has evidence that shows
this is effective across all users of a system. I'm
skeptical; do 99% of users have to type an extra field
for the 1% who make a mistake and who would otherwise
need to use the recover password function?

22 Apr 2004 - 7:01pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Andy Watson

AI and UI design.

Hi folks,

I've recently been taking a look at artificial intelligence as a bit of a
hobby. The area that I am interested in is breaking down the human brain
into a series of basic components that can be modelled as a piece of
discrete hardware (to perform the basic functionality) such as a dsp and a
series of objects (OO software dev. is my background) to perform the
additional intelligence.

I've recently come across the recent discovery of Mirror Neurons that raises
some interesting questions to do with interaction design.