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4 Feb 2004 - 5:34am
Narey, Kevin

Web Form Control Positioning

Happy Wednesday.

If a web form is necessarily long and screen real estate determines that
scrolling is necessary, would you include controls at the top *and* bottom
of the form for all stages of a linear ordering process?

3 Feb 2004 - 9:33pm
10 years ago
1 reply
mYamamoto at jp...

User-interface/Interaction v.s. Ergonomics

Dear all,
I would like to hear about your thoughts how much the field of
user-interface design and interaction design related to "Ergonomics."
And how much we can learn from "Ergonomics" about the interaction design?
Then, why?

This, I have been thinking of for long time.
Looking back in 1990s, I learnt the user-interface design partially
applying the discipline of human factors study in a university, and I
realize there are any thing I can take from the field of Ergonomics.
Nowadays, Ergonomics people think everybody have to come to them to ask
about user-interface and us

3 Feb 2004 - 3:35pm

Magnetic Elements Toolkit Epilogue

On the 24th of December 2003, I ordered the Magnetic Elements toolkit from As you may remember, I hadn't received the toolkit or
received a response to emails sent to the addresses on the website.

Though PayPal indicated that they would not intervene to resolve the
missing toolkit because 30 days had elapsed since purchase, they did
forward my complaint on to Benjamin Speaks, who receives the payments made
on PayPal.

3 Feb 2004 - 10:44am
10 years ago
4 replies
Andrei Sedelnikov

Ideal Software-Engineers? Was: RE: Mind the Gap!

>> "Software engineers live in their own world. With few exceptions,
>> they only focus on computers and themselves. A problem is seen
>> as solved as soon as the algorithm is correct and the compiler
> >does not come back with any syntax errors."
> That might be how it's done in undergraduate programming classes.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:56pm
10 years ago
5 replies

visual cues for thumbnails

Dear ID/As,

in his wonderful book "Tog on Software Design" Tog wrote:

"Thumbnails will replace generic-looking document icons, providing users with visual cues as to the nature of the material inside a container. Their appearance will go beyond today's thumbnails to reflect the amount of material they contain." [p. 196]

This is exactly what I like to do for thumbnails representing documents.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:53pm
10 years ago
6 replies

Mind the Gap!

Dear ID/As,

'cause this is my fist mail to this group I like to say "hello" to all interaction designers and architects. In addition to this 5 letters, let me point you to a short paper I wrote for Interact 2003 in Zurich. Title is "Mind the Gap! Software Engineers and Interaction Architects"



User-Centered Software Design

1 Feb 2004 - 5:36am
Ashu Thakur

Study of Mobile Interfaces(list of resources)

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31 Jan 2004 - 6:21am
10 years ago
2 replies

DragThing [was: Mac OS X...]

For those of you using Mac OS X and are a little less than satisfied with
the Dock for whatever reason, you might want to check out the utility known
as "DragThing" by James Thomson.

DragThing essentially gives your Mac multiple configurable docks (each
repesented as a tab).

30 Jan 2004 - 6:16pm
Nick Ragouzis

FW: Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Correction 1:

I should say "heart of the ^^current implementation^^ of the dock-locked trash."

I can see a solution in actually anchoring the trash-targeted end of the dock. That plus always treating the zone of the fully
'natural-sized' trash as it's active zone (even if the visual extent is smaller) might remove the necessity for the extra subgoal.

The same accomodation is available for the desktop trash -- having extent that extends to the edge of the screen even if located a
short distance from it.

I'm sure there'll be a second correction.

30 Jan 2004 - 5:23pm
Elizabeth Buie

Fitts' Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Todd Warfel writes:

>And you should see people try to find a
>document they need when this happens - it's nearly hysterical. Nope,
>not that one. Nope, not that one. It's around here somewhere. But then
>again, their office tends to look the same, but that's another
>conversation all together ;).

Todd, I don't remember your visit to my office!

:-) :-)

Have a good weekend, all.


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