Discussion Archive: September 2004

17 Sep 2004 - 1:25am
12 years ago
11 replies

"Automatic Icons Organize Files"


Technology Review: Automatic Icons Organize Files

Everyone knows it is more difficult to memorize a set of facts or words than
a set of pictures.

16 Sep 2004 - 3:55pm

Tablet PC's - Summary (long)


Thank you for the wonderful responses and input to my
question on buying a Tablet PC (see immediate, below).

I received a lot of e-mails back-channel as well on
the list; I've tried to preserve the thread, below (to
varying degrees of success). Apologies for anything
I've mangled.

Worth noting a lot of discussion about form factors,
ergonomics, usability, software pros/cons, etc. vs.
favorite brand, etc. Per the latter, seems the Toshiba
M100(x) line comes out on top, as well as Alias
software . . .

Please write me at aschechterman @ yahoo com with any
other thoughts or requests.

16 Sep 2004 - 11:46am
12 years ago
9 replies
Helena Mentis

articles regarding nontraditional UCD process?

I am looking for journal articles or conference proceedings which
discuss how the academic, traditional UCD process does not always work
in every situation in "the real world". Either case studies, surveys,
or formal studies.

16 Sep 2004 - 8:11am
12 years ago
5 replies
Chris Whelan

Managing Findings

Curious if any of you have experience using or (better
yet) building a knowledge management system for
usability findings?

For those of you who conduct, say, ten or more
interrelated studies per year, how do you store your
findings so that you can refer to them later? Or, how
do you access specific findings related to X across
many different studies?

Unsurprisingly, I've found that going back and
rereading findings reports isn't very efficient...

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16 Sep 2004 - 7:13am
12 years ago
1 reply
Dave Malouf

Scroll-wheel friendly select dropdown/combobox

I realize that the select dropdown version of a listbox (or a combo-box if
you can edit it as well) has been around for a very very very long time.
Scroll-wheel mice now are at least 7 years old in mass-production so you
would think in that time the selectbox/combobox would have been changed to
have some new behaviors to match the needs of a the almost ubiquitous
(outside Mac) use of a scroll-wheel mouse.

What's the problem you might add. Well ... it has to do with the way a
combobox retains its focs after onChange.

15 Sep 2004 - 3:43pm
Clay Newton

User Acceptance Testing

Normally I would not post a question so specific to the QA process,
but I have been tasked with helping to define the QA process for User
Acceptance Testing at my company.

Does anyone on the list have experience with putting procedures such
as this in place?

I have found next to no UAT resources on the web. Most of them are
links to QA courses. Is anyone aware of resources that describe
standard UAT methods? I would love to find a couple of really useful
books or URLs w/ information on this topic.


15 Sep 2004 - 3:05pm
Christian Simon

Programmer divide in IxD (was Help: Looking for another me)

> on 9/15/04 12:02, wrote:
> What's much more difficult and requires more expertise/experience is
> application design/architecture, efficient messaging systems, latency
> optimization, scalability, effective mapping of real-world workflows to
> objects, etc. These require more abstract and cross-discipline thinking.
> You're unlikely to get that from a junior programmer who's probably more
> focused on algorithmic implementation than on structural design.

You're shifting the focus onto effective work environments.

15 Sep 2004 - 2:31pm

The new Blackberry ... New keyboard style

George Schneiderman <schneidg at earthlink.net> wrote:

>The basic interaction paradigm is also very powerful, although none
>of the native applications really exploit it that much. Basically you
>access a list of available commands by clicking the trackwheel (which
>is also used for scrolling).

14 Sep 2004 - 10:36pm
Caryn Josephson

Usability Professionals Association 2005 Call for Participation now available

Mark your calendars! UPA 2005 will be held June 27-July 1, 2005 in
Montreal, Quebec.

Submissions for presentations, papers, panels, advanced topics, tutorials,
workshops, posters and idea market topics are now being accepted.

14 Sep 2004 - 3:03pm
12 years ago
3 replies
Christian Simon

Programmer divide in IxD (was Help: Looking for another me)

> on 9/9/04 12:01, Jef wrote:
> You are correct to observe that knowing programming could interfere, as
> you said in your full post: the designer anticipates a difficult
> implementation and so might reject a better interface design. But there
> is the opposite also. It has happened that a programmer has come to me
> saying that something I proposed is too hard or impossible to
> implement.