IxD basic questions

22 Aug 2005 - 1:58am
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Donna Maurer
2003

Hi guys

I'm currently writing a one-day workshop on interaction design (to premier at OZCHI -
http://ozchi.org/). The workshop will be aimed at relative newcomers to interaction
design.

I would like to include a section with answers for simple common questions (yes, I
know there are no such things as actual answers, I will include all the 'depends on').

I'm thinking along the lines of:

- in what order should OK/Cancel be placed
- should I have a single page form or a multi-page form
- when should I use pop-ups
- should I include a reset button on my form
- when do I use checkboxes or a drop-down list

...that sort of thing

What are the most common simple questions you are asked?

Happy to collate and post to the IxD resource library or somewhere similarly
appropriate.

Donna
--
Donna Maurer
Maadmob Interaction Design

e: donna at maadmob.net
work: http://maadmob.com.au/
blog: http://maadmob.net/donna/blog/
AOL IM: maadmob

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22 Aug 2005 - 5:43am
Ashish Tibrewal
2005

Adding to the list:

- Placement of the action buttons (Left/ Right or Center?)
- Should a form be multi-columnar or single columnar.
- What is the definition of long forms. (from X no. of fields to X
no.)
- Action button labelling - should it be submit, reset etc or it
should be according to the behaviour of the button (i.e Search, Login,
View Details etc.)

On 8/22/05, Donna Maurer <donna at maadmob.net> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
material.]
>
> Hi guys
>
> I'm currently writing a one-day workshop on interaction design (to premier
at OZCHI -
> http://ozchi.org/). The workshop will be aimed at relative newcomers to
interaction
> design.
>
> I would like to include a section with answers for simple common questions
(yes, I
> know there are no such things as actual answers, I will include all the
'depends on').
>
> I'm thinking along the lines of:
>
> - in what order should OK/Cancel be placed
> - should I have a single page form or a multi-page form
> - when should I use pop-ups
> - should I include a reset button on my form
> - when do I use checkboxes or a drop-down list
>
> ...that sort of thing
>
> What are the most common simple questions you are asked?
>
> Happy to collate and post to the IxD resource library or somewhere
similarly
> appropriate.
>
> Donna
> --
> Donna Maurer
> Maadmob Interaction Design
>
> e: donna at maadmob.net
> work: http://maadmob.com.au/
> blog: http://maadmob.net/donna/blog/
> AOL IM: maadmob
>
>
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22 Aug 2005 - 1:33pm
Stacy Surla
2003

A few more...

Liquid design - what is it and when should I use it
When to use top nav, left nav, right nav, footer nav, other nav
Number of items in a dropdown
Breadcrumbs - last item is a link or a "you are here?"

...there could be a hundred others.

~Stacy

Stacy Surla
Information Architect, Content Management & Stewardship
The MITRE Corporation
Phone: 703-983-3493

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Message: 5
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 17:13:55 +0530
From: Ashish Tibrewal <astibrewal at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] IxD basic questions
To: Donna Maurer <donna at maadmob.net>
Cc: discuss at ixdg.org
Message-ID: <1c993a8505082204432b71452e at mail.gmail.com>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1

Adding to the list:

- Placement of the action buttons (Left/ Right or Center?)
- Should a form be multi-columnar or single columnar.
- What is the definition of long forms. (from X no. of fields to X
no.)
- Action button labelling - should it be submit, reset etc or it
should be according to the behaviour of the button (i.e Search,
Login,
View Details etc.)

On 8/22/05, Donna Maurer <donna at maadmob.net> wrote:
> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
material.]
>
> Hi guys
>
> I'm currently writing a one-day workshop on interaction design (to
premier
at OZCHI -
> http://ozchi.org/). The workshop will be aimed at relative newcomers
to
interaction
> design.
>
> I would like to include a section with answers for simple common
questions
(yes, I
> know there are no such things as actual answers, I will include all
the
'depends on').
>
> I'm thinking along the lines of:
>
> - in what order should OK/Cancel be placed
> - should I have a single page form or a multi-page form
> - when should I use pop-ups
> - should I include a reset button on my form
> - when do I use checkboxes or a drop-down list
>
> ...that sort of thing
>
> What are the most common simple questions you are asked?
>
> Happy to collate and post to the IxD resource library or somewhere
similarly
> appropriate.
>
> Donna
> --
> Donna Maurer
> Maadmob Interaction Design
>
> e: donna at maadmob.net
> work: http://maadmob.com.au/
> blog: http://maadmob.net/donna/blog/
> AOL IM: maadmob
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Group!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixdg.org
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>

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Message: 6
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 10:12:11 -0600
From: "Ted Boren" <BorenMT at ldschurch.org>
Subject: Re: [ID Discuss] Usability of using Special Characters in
System-Generated One-Time Passcodes
To: pete at surfaceeffect.com, theo at theomandel.com
Cc: discuss at interactiondesigners.com
Message-ID: <s309a50e.034 at inet-wh1.gmhwh.org>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii

Totally agree with Pete regarding the phone issue. Even fairly
well-known
symbols do not always have well known or standard names. Is it a "dash"
or a
"hyphen" or a "minus"? Does everybody know what an "ampersand" is? I
think you
also run the risk of having people misunderstand, and spell out the
sound they
hear instead of using the symbol on their keyboard (@ = "A-T").

Also note that lengthening the password by just one letter or number
greatly
increases the number of possible permutations... without having to
audibly
decipher the symbols. By going with truly random passwords, you've
already
greatly increased the difficulty of guessing the passwords.

Good luck,
Ted Boren

>>> "Peter Bagnall" <pete at surfaceeffect.com> 8/21/2005 11:04:10 AM >>>
On 21 Aug 2005, at 06:31, Theo Mandel, Ph.D. wrote:
> Currently, the password codes include A-Z, 1-9 and exclude 1, I, 0, O,

> Q, V,
> and W. Potential special characters include: %, &, *, +, =,?, #, @, /,

> \, (,
> and ). The goal is to increased randomness that will allow the
password
> codes to be shortened. The tradeoff is more complexity vs. a a shorter

> code.

My own feeling, having been given passwords over the phone many times
is that complexity is the real killer. I generally prefer longer rather
than more complex.

It's made worse by some cultural differences, for example in the UK we
call # 'hash' whereas I believe in the US it's called 'pound'.
Different keyboards may not have some symbols, or inexperienced users
may not know where they are. (typing # on a UK keyboard on a Mac is
awkward for example). Most of the symbols you've mentioned are
generally ok, except for #. I don't know if other symbols might cause
problems in other cultures. (Of course we're limited to those that use
a Roman alphabet here anyhow!).

An idea that may or may not be useful is, and is underused in
passwords, is chunking. Would your system allow you to have 3 or 4
character blocks, separated by a space, rather like the way credit card
numbers are written?

A password might look like....

ak4k wp9i qk2f g4m9 2fg7

Each block is easy to enter, and you can check it has been
received/entered correctly much more easily. Microsoft use a
5-character block form for their licence keys, and this makes the
length of them much easier to manage.

Once the password goes into the underlying system you may have to strip
spaces out, but that's simple.

Hope that's of some help.
--Pete

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Message: 7
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 12:41:25 -0400
From: "Jeff Howard" <id at howardesign.com>
Subject: [ID Discuss] Re: Usability on "The Fold"
To: discuss at ixdg.org
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"Chaniya Suebsanguan" wrote:
Does anyone have any thoughts or feedback on what the "new" fold is?

Back in 1999, webmonkey did some work on determining the fold size on
common browsers.
They took screenshots of browser chrome from the Netscape 4 browsers all
the way up to IE
6, and overlayed them to see how much real estate was left. Here's the
article:
http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/99/41/index3a_page2.html

They came out with a "safe recommendation" of 983x578 for 1024 screens.
Problem is, not
all people browse with their window maximized; I'd guess much less than
those who
maximize 800x600 screens. Also, they didn't take into account tab bars
in their study, so the
fold area probably needs to be recalculated. I'd follow their
methodology, using an updated
list of browsers to find the "new" fold.

For what it's worth, I still design to make things work on 800x600
(760x410) and then build
in flexibility for larger screens.

// jeff

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