Discussion Archive: May 2004

13 May 2004 - 8:56am
Narey, Kevin

FW: Labelling Progress Indicators [was Breadcrumbs]

Correct - this is a wizard, but with non-linear linking as per a shopping
experience hence there is no hierarchy but a broken down form with
dependencies i.e. you can't order a vehicle without a customer etc. Having
the whole form on one page would be unmanageable at best.

>Breadcrumbs normally show a hierarchical tree, not the cumulative
progression through steps.
Ok perhaps I should have said 'progress indicator' i.e.

13 May 2004 - 8:46am
Dave Collins

Labelling Progress Indicators [was Breadcrumbs]

>Not sure where your sitemap reference came from but thanks for your

'Implied' sitemap. (I probably should have said 'architecture') As in:
the details you provide about your pages hint at an overarching
structure that defines the relationships between the pages (not the
whole site, just this section). Or, more simply: I'd like to see your
boxes and arrows.


13 May 2004 - 7:21am
12 years ago
1 reply
Narey, Kevin

Labelling Breadcrumbs

This is probably a contextual issue, but I'd be interested to know whether
you prefer to label in such a way that it gives the user an idea of the
action they will perform when they get there or describe the content of that
page that they will find.

Example of breadcrumb trail labels with potential action to perform when the
user gets there:

Configure/Confirm Customer > Configure/Confirm Vehicle > Add Options >
Confirm Financials > Confirm Order


Example of breadcrumb trail labels with potential content description when
the user gets there:

Customer Details > Vehicle Deta

12 May 2004 - 2:58pm
Christian Simon

Subject: Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others

> Apple
> was repeatedly cited as an example of everything you'd want your brand
> to be: known, consistent, clear, attractive.

Apple also positions very well in their markets, because they take risks
that other companies dare not. Apple was ditching the 3.5 floppy while Win
was still using it to boot their BIOS. And, Apple was head-to-head with Sony
with the standardization of FireWire and USB when PCs were still using
serial connections for their keyboards.

12 May 2004 - 9:26am
Michael Bartlett

Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others (w as "web design")

That's exactly it Todd and I would agree with you. Every day on the tube I
have at least 2 or 3 fellow iPod cowboys - just in my carriage. So to say
Apple is unsuccessful is a little, well, silly really. You could, however,
say that Apple have been unsuccessul in their desktop penetration in
relation to Microsoft. The fact that they are one of the World's most
recongised brands is, without doubt, a feather in their cap and indeed they
are successful.

12 May 2004 - 8:02am
12 years ago
10 replies
Ben Speaks

Latency Guidelines


I am looking for human factors guidelines related to latency thresholds.
Specifically, for hardware input devices that interact with graphic
based interfaces (for example the mouse to a computer screen). When a
user interacts with an interface what are their expectations in
milliseconds for feedback?

I have found a lot of published stuff from manufactures where they
provide latency guidelines for their own devices but I am having less
luck finding the studies and research that support such guidelines.

11 May 2004 - 2:51pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Andrew Otwell

Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others (was "web design")

>>Mac does *not* have a wide following. It is *not*
>>> successful. It influences the world in a very tiny
>>> way, [...]

> So the Mac might not have a huge market share, but
> (still) has a disproportionate influence.

Interestingly Apple, as opposed to just Macintosh, has an enormous
influence on how technology products are branded and marketed. As a
"lovemark", Apple occupies the unusual position of being a hugely
successful brand without competing at the same level of economic success
as its competitors.

11 May 2004 - 12:28pm
Patrick Caldwell

Job opening

I don't know if this is proper list etiquette but there is a position open
in my organization for a Senior Usability Engineer. www.netiq.com
<http://www.netiq.com> . Thought it would be nice to get it out to people
interested in this list.

11 May 2004 - 8:24am
Todd Warfel

Re: Longhorn [was: web design]

I recently saw a demo of the New Longhorn OS. It was more polished than
XP, which still reminds me of Fisher Price for some reason. MS was
running the demo of LH against XP launching several videos
simultaneously. At four videos, XP crapped out. LH was able to handle
the four videos albeit a bit sluggish.

10 May 2004 - 6:50pm

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