Best Practices For Prototypes
Username is the person's email address.
- Easiest to remember
- Specific to the person
- Provides a simple way to send a 'lost password' email
Passwords are nine lowercase letters and numbers.
- We never show a password; instead, we show *********
- We require 9 characters because there are hackers who have automatic attacks on passwords that are 8 characters or less
- People are confused by upper/lower case so we use only lowercase.
- People are confused by zero/letter-O, one/letter-L, and the letter q, so we omit these.
- We choose this as the best tradeoff between usability and complexity for typical applications.
- For applications that need stronger security, we provide stronger solutions.
- Some web sites use wording like this: Login, Logout, Join
- We recommend this wording: Sign In, Sign Out, Sign Up
- We've found this is easier for people to understand, more upbeat, and more consistent.
We start with a typical layout.
- Header at the top
- Navigation menu bar
- Left sidebar
- Main content area in the middle
- Footer at the bottom
For most websites, we begin with IconExperience Windows style.
- Has a friendly look
- Comes in small/medium/large/huge sizes
- Very similar to icons from major sites like Google and Yahoo
For freeware applications, we begin with freeware Silk icons that are small size only
For desktop applications, we begin with Tango desktop icons
We use these approaches:
- script/plugin install git://github.com/delynn/userstamp.git
To make our websites load faster and more efficiently,
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