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Is there a need to develop for IE8 and earlier?

As a web developer, is it ok if I decide no longer to support ie8 and earlier. Google Chrome is the most popular web browser and IE is dwindling down. Plus, ie9 has been around for 4 years now. ...
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Html form validation leads to an inconsistant user experience

There are a lot of cool client side validation options in HTML, and even more now in HTML5. While these don't change the amount of server side validation required, they give an instantaneous ...
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Enhancing web addresses as displayed in a browser location input

Web addresses (URL, URI, IRI …) are composed of hierarchical data of several kinds. They are mostly treated as plain text, but browsers have started to highlight certain parts (the domains) and hide ...
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How to determine the oldest browser version to support before you have users

I'm working on a brand new website and trying to figure out how to decide the oldest version of IE to support since I have absolutely no user information to look at. Most of the answers I come across ...
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How can I discourage users from using the back button?

I'm working on a web application where users submit a request, are redirected to a page that says something like "processing, please don't hit the back button", and after a few seconds, are redirected ...
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Why do browsers use white text on a blue background for highlighted areas?

I just checked in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, on Windows, and all three default to blue background and white text when the user highlights some area, perhaps for a search google for, copy ...
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What is the most intuitive way for users to understand inclusive and exclusive filters?

We are not sure how to show a filter options in a chrome extension. The extension filters RSS contents, and we need to set the type of the filter: inclusive filter exclusive filter If we select ...
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Back breaking sites

What's the reason that so many site these days "break" my back button experience? Even stack does this: I read a question expand the comments, scroll to the first answer, follow a link, decide I'm ...
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Is there a single app that allows testing of your site in multiple different browsers of varying version? [closed]

I am a backend developer working on a solo project. I am trying to up my front end skills as well as my 'eye' for good design and user experience. I am looking for software that easily integrates ...
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Should the previous popup message appear again if the user clicks the back button?

Suppose the user receives a popup (modal) message for successful task, then clicks the back button on the browser. Should the modal popup message appear again even though the user hasn't performed ...
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Are there any statistics or research on location approval by users on mobile and desktop browsers?

I'm looking for statistics or research about users that permit browsers to use their location, drilled down to the type of browser, platform, vs. native apps, etc. Also, general recommendations about ...
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Bookmarklet or browser addon - which offers the best user experience?

I am creating a web app that allows users to submit the URL of the page they are browsing to my server. I have thought about a couple of ways to achieve this. To give users a bookmarklet and upon ...
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Has a “native” UI advantages over a browser UI?

I am currently writing an application for mathematical symbol recognition. The user writes a symbol (e.g. with the mouse or a touch interface) and gets the classification as LaTeX code. The browser ...
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Are browser desktop notifications better than a browser alert box?

I'm working on a project where I'd like to notify a user of an important event in the application. There are two options that I have at my disposal: Use the browser/HTML5 Desktop Notifications. ...
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Hardware permissions in browsers

We're building an app that allows people to upload or record their voice or video using HTML5 (not flash). We've run into a problem where users can't seem to find the button to allow the app to use a ...
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High-DPI Screens & Browser Zoom

I have a responsive web design that also supports high-DPI screens using targeted css media queries to modify content further. In general, the content displays perfectly - but I'm running into some ...
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Native Confirmation Dialog, JS or something else?

I'm writing a page where I'm going to need to use a confirmation dialog. Should I use Window.confirm() which opens a confirmation dialog in the browser using whatever settings are native to the ...
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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below? [closed]

BACKGROUND I am about to launch my website. It's an academic site with expected user base consisting mainly of academics. It looks good in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE10 and above. I just sent ...
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More User friendly browsers for new users

I was observing my dad (who is pretty new to internet) using the browser (chrome). He had two main problems - Not knowing that one had to put the cursor in the text field and click in order to write ...
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Is there a way to force pages to load slowly? [closed]

I'm developing a website and want to test the user experience when some of the images load slowly. Obviously I'm doing everything I can to make assets small and load quickly, but there are slow ...
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Has there been research into user behaviour on clipboard hijacking in browsers?

There is a number of questions on the likes of super user asking to disable clipboard hijacking such as this question. Personally I hate when sites do this and have a feeling it's partly because ...
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Is there a logical alternative for the Escape key?

I have a game that can be played in your browser. It's a retro game (multiplayer snake) and the menus and your snake can only be controlled using your keyboard. Mouse input is ignored. I was using ...
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Why people open a lot of tabs in their browser if they don't really use them?

Many people open tons of tabs. In most cases they never go back to those tabs and close them in bulk at the end of the session. Why people do this? What can we learn form this behavior? What are the ...
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Is there a site explaining common “feature not supported” issues in user friendly language?

When writing websites we often have to do feature detection, then figure out a plan for how to handle unsupported features (graceful degradation), sometimes being forced to resort no "not supported" ...
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In a browser based environment, what should the tab key do

When offering a text editor in a browser environment, what should the Tab-key do. Natively it will leave the currently selected input and select the next one, but the tab key is also a valid character ...
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Modern mobile browsers hide the URL bar when scrolling up. If I have a fixed navigation bar, should I prevent this behavior?

I have seen both used frequently throughout the mobile web. Some examples are news sites with fixed nav bars: Time keeps the URL bar static, which keeps their nav buttons in the same place while ...
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Statistics or research on browser window size based on the display screen size

There are many sources and references for reports on screen resolution and display sizes for desktop (and mobile), and there are less information about browser window sizes. I think both pieces of ...
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Industry Standards for Browser Support?

Am wondering if somewhere there is a list of industry "minimums" for browser support. My company release two "portals" over the past 6 months and did very little to support IE8 users, who at this ...
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Do good UX guidelines exist against little JS windows inside the browser

I encounter a lot of web applications that essentially implement a small windowing system inside the browser. On you web page there exist a number of little boxes that look like windows, which can be ...
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Are there any stats on browser widths as opposed to monitor size?

Our analytics across several sites are all showing a marked increase in 1440px+ monitor size, but has anyone seen any stats about what browser size people with large screen tend to use? Do people ...
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How to test website for large screens?

I want to test website for large screens such as 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2560 x 1600 pixels, In browserstack i find only 1280 x 1024 pixels is maximum for windows machines, Is there any website to test ...
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What to do if a user accidentally clicks 'Deny' when the browser asks for Geolocation

There are two main points of view that I'm hearing: My preferred point of view is that if the user denies access to geolocation, we should assume that they have done this on purpose and will not ...
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Message saying “your browser is not supported” in corporate environment?

A lot of ink has already been spilled over the reasons why the infamous useragent string should not be used for browser parsing, and giving a message to the user that they have to upgrade their ...
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Why do installers still try to install toolbars? [closed]

I just updated my Java, and when I de-selected the checkbox to install their toolbar, I wondered: does anybody in the world even use toolbars for anything anymore? None of the modern browsers have a ...
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what is the reason behind chrome not implementing this feature? [closed]

Many browsers implement "Do you want to close all tabs" dialog box when we try to close the browser but not chrome. Why is this? What's the reason behind chrome not implementing such feature? Does ...
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Should a user be informed if their Do Not Track request is honoured?

In recent years all major browsers have added support for the HTTP Do Not Track (DNT) header. The user is able to configure their browser to send the header with all HTTP requests to a web server, ...
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Why is it ok that apps don't respond to device orientation but webpages are expected to?

There are plenty of mobile apps that only work in a single orientation. Landscape (Garageband, lots of games), Portrait (Settings, Phone, Remote, App Store, Twitter, Facebook, lots of games) What ...
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Why Google Chrome does not have a GoTo link button like other browsers?

Why google chrome does not provide a GoTo Link button like in IE, Firefox, etc.? And if this is because of the simple & modern design concept than why does other browsers still have GoTo ...
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What are the usecases for which browser users would thoroughly inspect the site's SSL certificate?

When a site is opened via https:// in Firefox and Chrome browsers the address bar shows the well-known "lock sign" meaning that the connection is encrypted and "just relax, it's secure". If the user ...
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disable ALL cookie warnings [closed]

What might be an effective way to universally block or auto-accept all cookie warning banners before the web browser shows them? Eg. Does a userscript (Greasefire/Tampermonkey) exist find and thwart ...
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How to tell to the user that a web app is optimized for a specific browser?

My web app is voluntary optimized for Chrome. It works on IE and Firefox but the user can find some design issues with old browsers like IE 8. It's a professional app' on an intranet and a some users ...
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Why do the popular browsers copy each other's user interfaces?

Why do all the popular browsers blatantly copy each other's user interface? See these screenshots to understand what I mean: Mozilla Firefox (see Australis is landing in Firefox Nightly and ...
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Why does backspace go back a page? This behavior is so frustrating!

When using a browser, like Firefox, I appreciate that I can easily navigate my tab history with Alt+← (for back) and Alt+→ (for forward.) That makes perfectly good sense to me, and I've used that ...
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Why does the space bar do page down in browsers

Why is the space bar doing a page down in some viewer apps, especially browsers and PDF readers? For me this seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, and also this behaviour affects games and other ...
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Why would a dinosaur be there when chrome is offline [closed]

I was wondering why google chrome's team replaced the sad face with a dinosaur when the browser is offline (not many dinosaurs use the internet, i hope). Is the dinosaur lost too? And why did they ...
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What should the hostname be for a SSO server? (SAML)

I'm creating a SSL certificate for an ADFS server. It will be used to sign-into various sites that support Single Sign On. I'm at the point of the process where I need to choose a name for the host ...
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Should a large company worry about Browser Zoom

After designing a large site with multiple forms (And launching last night) My QA team came to me with a very intriguing question. They showed me a "bug" where, when a user zooms out (not in) some ...
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What happens in a web browser when a download is started via Javascript?

In a web browser, a download can be initiated immediately after user input, or started via Javascript after a set amount of time and/or being redirected to another page. I want to provide users with ...
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How to deal with IE8 Compatibility View in a user-friendly way?

I'm struggling to understand how IE8 Compatibility View works. Sometimes we find some bugs on IE8 Compatibility View that cannot be found on IE8 and other browsers. We wrote a message telling the ...
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Has an optional “browser upgrade” message ever worked?

From time to time, we feel the urge to encourage users to upgrade their browser, especially IE. And from time to time, we've rolled out features that attempt to send this message to users, usually ...