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Re: Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?

by malaga (Pilgrim)
on Feb 06, 2001 at 00:03 UTC ( #56488=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?

when i first started using the site i didn't know what the buttons were for, and after a week or so i looked into it. it took me a few minutes to figure out WHY to punch it, and about 3 seconds to figure out WHERE to punch it. but people are different and eyes are different, and maybe some people have trouble focusing on it the way it is now.

this is not a commentary on florida, btw.


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Re: Re: Is There A Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Problem at Perlmonks?
by sierrathedog04 (Hermit) on Feb 06, 2001 at 02:04 UTC
    But don't you think that good interface design is important?

    If a feature of this site embodies bad design, then whether the feature actually gets fixed may matter less than discussing whether the feature embodies bad design and why.

    I would argue that an interface which takes a few seconds to figure out but that could be fixed to be unambiguous (e.g., listing the options one label per row in a non-butterfly fashion) is a bad interface design. That is a worthwhile observation.

    Sierrathedog04's Rule: On an HTML form, list the choices one label per row, or else space out the labels so that no radio button is ever equidistant between two labels. Since browsers ignore more than one consecutive space, one can space out labels by adding <pre>          </pre> to the start of the second label. The browser does not parse anything between the pre tags, so it preserves the extra whitespace.

      i would have done it differently myself...

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