The British School of User Interface
"Are you thinking of hiring a British contractor or firm to design the UI of you product? Before you do that, take a trip to the old country and get some first-hand reconnaisance. "
ROTFL! So true.
Just me (Sir to you)
#1 is for a sort of a sensible reason.
You have a point. Its hard to believe that these trains are so old they actually predate cheap technology that could lock the doors while the train was in motion.
No, apparently there _is_ technology that locks the train doors - on the sign, it says to wait for the "door unlocked" signal.
I think the door locking was added afterwards. When the trains were originally constructed you could open the doors while the train was in motion.
My God, I actually have first hand experience of all of these classic designs!
So they took off the handles first, then installed the automatic locking feature, and have yet to return the handles? I don't think I've ever been on a train where the doors were not fully automated.
Brian, you need to visit South East England.
X. J. Scott
"Also the US is one of the few places left where you can take a train ride that lasts for weeks and weeks, if it even manages to get to your destination at all. "
In India there is one train that has NEVER been on time since Independence (and in all fairness possibly never before).
I think this just goes to show how pampered users (americans?), have become. After all, once having discovered how a user interface works; ambiguous menu items, checkboxes that need hitting twice to work (otherwise people just ignore them you know), mysteriously requiring entry in a box but not caring what the entry is, interesting choices of a combination of colours, flashing red messages (cos once the user ignored the situation and the server crashed so the manager said we had to make it obvious); after all that the sheer feeling of accomplishment and safeguarding one's job because no one else knows how it works more than satisfies a whole pyramid of happiness targets.
Twice on Sunday, Tapiwa? You'll be lucky if the trains run that often...
Good to know that natural selection is alive in the UK. You guys don't need to mess around with usability.
In the UK it is the Call XYZ lawyers for your risk free assessment if you have been injured in the last three years.
Yes indeed, unlike in the US, a BRAIN is not usually considered an optional extra. One appreciates that our american visitors might find this an unusually harsh environment, becoming trapped on trains, and what not but referring to them as mutants is a tad unfair especially as I can't think of any AMERICAN innovations which might fall into this particular bracket... er... except this qwerty keyboard, or this Microsoft product or...
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