My name is Adrian Smith.

I am a software developer, software architect and performance consultant. Originally from the UK, working in Vienna since 1998. These days I mainly work on web software using Java.

This is my blog, where I write about topics such as: software architecture, programming languages, databases and others.
(And, ocassionally, my life.)

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Suggestion Drop-Downs Being Confused with Other FieldsI always learn things about usability when watching my Dad use a computer. Recently I observed the following: So as you type a station name into it makes suggestions. So there are two fields, the "From" and the "To". If you enter text in any of them, a drop-down appears with suggestions. Both these points are obviously completely standard UI practices, what could go wrong? It turns out if you enter text in the "From" field, and type text which is sufficiently specific to trigger only a single suggestion, visually, that single suggestion in the "From" field lines up visually with the "To" field. Read more...
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