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Placeholders in Form Fields Are Harmful

Summary: Placeholder text within a form field makes it difficult for people to remember what information belongs in a field, and to check for and fix errors. It also poses additional burdens for users with visual and cognitive impairments.

via Placeholders in Form Fields Are Harmful.

I do so dislike placeholder as label. Begone!

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BayesDB

INFER salary FROM mytable WHERE age > 30;

Fill in missing data with the INFER command. Unlike a traditional regression model, where you need to separately train a supervised model for each column you’re interested in predicting, INFER statements are flexible and work with any set of columns to predict.

via BayesDB.

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This Is Your Brain on E-Books

When we read on dead trees, do we retain more?

via This Is Your Brain on E-Books | MIT Technology Review.

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Providing Predictable Targets

Three principles form a foundation to the graphical user interface: Discoverability, Stability, and Visibility.

via Providing Predictable Targets | askTog.

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Google Analytics Shows You What Bad Web Practices Look Like in Real Life

Using a series of cautionary (and hilarious) YouTube videos, Google Analytics shows examples of poor web design and digital marketing — but in real life.

via Google Analytics Shows You What Bad Web Practices Look Like in Real Life.

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Responsive Web Design

Working on the web, however, is a wholly different matter. Our work is defined by its transience, often refined or replaced within a year or two. Inconsistent window widths, screen resolutions, user preferences, and our users’ installed fonts are but a few of the intangibles we negotiate when we publish our work, and over the years, we’ve become incredibly adept at doing so.

via A List Apart: Articles: Responsive Web Design.

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Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster

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The easier it is to find places with good information, the less time users will spend visiting any individual website. This is one of many conclusions that follow from analyzing how people optimize their behavior in online information systems.

via Information Foraging: Why Google Makes People Leave Your Site Faster (Alertbox).

Worth pointing to. Been out there since 2003.

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Extreme Status Tracking For Real Time Customer Analysis

Customer interactions create a wealth of timely data that marketing departments are eager to exploit. The customer status fact table provides a central switchboard for using this fast-moving data.

via IntelligentEnterprise : Kimball University: Extreme Status Tracking For Real Time Customer Analysis (printable version).

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Capstone projects and time management

Where are students supposed to learn about version control, bug tracking, working on teams, scheduling, estimating, debugging, usability testing, and documentation? Where do they learn to write a program longer than 20 lines?

via Capstone projects and time management – Joel on Software.

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Managing UI Complexity

Interface complexity is an issue every designer wrestles with when designing a reasonably sophisticated application. A complex interface can reduce user effectiveness, increase the learning curve of the application, and cause users to feel intimidated and overwhelmed.

via Managing UI Complexity | Brandon Walkin.

Thanks to Lance for the pointer (via Twitter)