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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 on the browser when we are not connected to the internet. (not many dinosaurs use the internet, I hope). Is the dinosaur ...
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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 ...
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Accounting for browser resizing in a site layout

Accounting for window resizing in a site's design and layout When designing a site's UI and layout, I've always wondered how much I should accommodate for the user resizing the frame ...
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Potential issues with using an 'Autoshow Fixed Menu'? [closed]

Upon a recent update to my Nexus 4, a new feature is present in my browser, whereby when I scroll down, the address bar disappears and the webpage is full-screen, only when you scroll back up do you ...
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Why do users search for URLs?

I've been reviewing my company's analytics recently, and a lot of people are using search engines to search for the company URL, or URLs within the company. It probably equates to less than 1% of ...
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Should paging through a list be stored in browser history for a SPA?

I have a single page application (SPA) and currently paging through a list of items does not add items to the browser history. So you have a single entry in history for when you initially navigate to ...
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Are adjustable accessibility settings better handled by the browser?

Accessibility settings include manual adjustments a user can make to alter the appearance of a website to make it more easy for them to consume. Some examples are font size and colour contrast. ...
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Designing for 1280

If you had to design for 1280 without using fluid or responsive design (project constraints), what width would you set the design to be? For example, a set width of 1140 should allow enough gutter ...
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Is it worth it to re-implement the browser's find feature?

I'm working on a web application in which users will occasionally have to search for various information in a log file. So users would go to this app, kick off a batch script, and wait for it to ...
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When Back Button is Expected but Not Supported, The Least Invasive User Assistance?

Problem: I have a situation where in a browser-based web application the back button (and backspace key for that matter) cannot be supported or used. If it is used, the results can be unpredictable in ...
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Should scrolling in a textbox overflow to scrolling a page?

When entering long sections of text into a textbox in a browser (such as when using gmail or a site like this) we can scroll within that textbox, which is as it should be. However, the behaviour of ...
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Automatically clear cache from scripts

I received a request to implement browser clear cache automatically when a user starts a session. This is the first time I encounter such a odd request. Is clear browser cache for a web application ...
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How can branches of a query language be added dynamically in a browser? [closed]

Our group developed a stream-oriented NetFlow query language, called NFQL. Given that it can have multiple filtering/grouping stages and a number of branches, defining a query in a text file can ...
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Is it user-friendly to not provide the option to filter by price?

I'm currently working on an e-commerce website which sells magazines, books, subscriptions, and training materials. When the user searches for a product filter options are provided to refine his ...
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Browser extensions: page action or browser action?

I develop a Firefox and Chrome extension, and I'm adding a button. It seems like a page action (button in the address bar) is the "correct" choice, as opposed to a browser action (button on the ...
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Should a form's style be left to the browser?

Instead of using CSS resets, I use Normalize.css, and I usually style an HTML form's containing elements such as input, label, textarea, etc. to the fullest extent. To make sure that the form's design ...
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What are the Best Practices for Server Side Tabs?

My client wants to use server side tabs as described here and found here and here. I've read through the 13 Tab Usability Guidelines and we're mostly on track there. For #13 Fast Response Time: ...
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Why do we say we “browse” to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser? [closed]

Browsing the web is a common daily task for more than a billion users, and we do not pay much attention to it. We just “browse to a place” or ask our laughing friend across the table “where she is on ...
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The meaning of the Home button in browsers

I'm not talking about the Home on the website or an app but the home on the browser itself. First of all, I saw no use for that button eversince I first touched a browser. Maybe it made no sense to ...
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Why do browsers clear address bar when server could not be reached?

Why do browsers clear the address bar if the navigation was canceled while connecting? When I enter an address into a browser and press enter, and then cancel (ESC) while the server is still being ...
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What's wrong with the old Firefox? [closed]

Firefox has changed a lot after version 3. I personally think the main reason is the advent of Google Chrome. For example, To open the Downloads window, one has to press Chrome's combination ...
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browser geolocation: offer to user automatically?

I have web where content depends a lot on users geolocation. So it would be really nice to use W3C Geolocation API. When I do that, user is asked by browser authorization bar whether allow geolocation ...
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Responsive design on desktop

I am creating a responsive UI application for desktop, tablet and smartphone. And it looks and works fine. Most of the site has a responsive design like microsoft or nokia global. It also changes ...
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How to “force” users to upgrade their browser?

I couldn't think of a better title for this question, but please don't jump to conclusions - I don't really want to point a gun at my users heads! I have a site that works well with the modern ...
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Overriding Default Behavior of Mobile Browsers

In desktop web development, a big user experience no-no is to create a behavior that is not native to the browser. Such as: Disabling the right-click mouse button Creating your own context menu Not ...
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Guidelines for browser page overlap?

When you press Page Down in a browser, there's usually a small number of lines from the bottom of the current windowful displayed at the top of the next windowful. The amount of this overlap is ...
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Can web analytic tools track user's behavior across tabs?

I'm curious about logging user actions across multiple tabs; is a user's actions across multiple tabs within a browser trackable? So from user's point of view is there an additional element of privacy ...
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Opening a new browser tab [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests Should you open a new tab when linking to an external website. Historically I know this ...
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On a click, show a stub or not?

Consider a click event that would cause a significant change of view (e.g. going from a list of items to a detail view of a single item). What is a better experience: Switch to a stub view which ...
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How often do people use the browser tabs [closed]

What percentage of Internet users use browser tabs, compared to those who always navigate in the same tab?
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Loading Times / Breaking points

We all know that a user is not going to wait forever for a website to load. Given there are certain factors and circumstances that can apply to this, is there a breakdown of users stages/breaking ...
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Does the use of a WYSIWYG editor by itself improve the UX?

As someone with a lot of background writing low-level software, I've always felt a strong dislike for WYSIWYGs such as CKEditor or TinyMCE in the browser. To me they are mostly problematic, as they ...
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When given the choice on a website; are people more likely to download the app or keep using the browser?

When you go to Zappos.com on an iOS device you're greeted with a splash screen saying "We made an App!" and it gives you the choice to "Download Now" or "No Thanks, I'll just use the browser." I was ...
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Web interaction for desktop and touchscreen

With the increasing adoption of touch screen devices we identified a chart in our product that doesn't work very well on the web and we are trying to decide on the best method of interaction. Our ...
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Why does Firefox remove the “close tab button” when you have more than n tabs open unless you focus on the tab?

The origin of this question is that I've tried to find a way to override the behaviour of Firefox which removes the close tab button of unfocused tabs as the number of tabs rises, with no luck. My ...
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Do niche web applications still strive for legacy browser support?

I'm developing a web application that work on mobile, tablet and laptop/desktop. I'm curious about how common it is for niche web application developers to disregard legacy browser support, ...
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Can you see a good reason to remove the plus sign in Google Chrome's create tab button?

I am talking about this button: The plus sign that used to be on that button has been removed in recent versions. I am very intrigued as to why they might have found it convenient. I'm a ...
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Can you characterize a user by their choice of Internet browser?

I would like to know if usability is different across different Internet browsers and if this is caused by varying demographics. Below, are some interrelated questions addressing this issue: Does ...
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How to handle older/non-compatible browsers viewing your online app?

Say your app works well on modern browsers, but has features that don't work so well on older browsers (e.g. IE). How do you handle this? I see three possibilities: Ask IE 6-8 users to download ...
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User testing browser add-on

I'm working on a browser add-on that has some novel usability ideas, and I'd like to test them out on some users. The add-on interacts with the user's password data and usage, and I'd like to collect ...
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How do you convert computer users to mobile users?

How do you convince your computer users to try out your mobile app? The problems I see are: Detection - There's no way to read people's minds and figure out what phone they use based off of what ...
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Should tabs changes in a web app be part of the browser history?

I've implemented a JavaScript plugin that tracks tab changes in through the browser history. Here's a brief overview of how it works: Once tab is clicked, the URL hashtag (the part that looks like ...
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Should web users see the http:// prefix to websites?

Chrome seems to have been the first to start hiding the http:// prefix last year, and there seemed to be significant contention. Rather than show the full prefix chrome lops off http:// and displays ...