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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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What is the benefit of using the HTML5 <time> tag?

I have a web application I am writing the HTML for. In the app I will be displaying a lot of dates and in HTML5 they added a <time> tag. If I wrap all of my dates and times in the <time> ...
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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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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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Specific right click functions + Web browser. Good Idea?

I would create a web browser that can do specific functions by right clicking to thing. But also, users might want to save an image, or copy something. Is it worth killing the default menus for a ...
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What's the best way to indicate that the pop up blocker may stop the user from performing a simple task?

I have an application where user have the option to open all selected items in a new windows. Unfortunately, if the user is running a fancy new-age browser that blocks pop-ups, he doesn’t realize his ...
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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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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 (window/browser)....
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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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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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Name for property of “infinite distance” for tabs at top

I recall that there is a technical term for the property of browser tabs at the top of the browser window having "infinite distance" for the user's mouse pointer movement, but I cannot recall what the ...
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How to notify of scroll in iframe

For the sake of screen readers such as JAWS, etc. Given a list of navigation options which are a collection of documents and locations within them, when one is selected the iframe will load and/or '...
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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 any place to get browser and version usage by industry? [duplicate]

The company I work for is investigating creating a new product which will be a web application used within hospitals. I am attempting to get concrete numbers on how many hospitals (or percentage of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Restoring a user's unsaved work on a webpage

TL;DR The user edits data without saving. On the next visit, (how) should the unsaved changes be made available? Background information. I have a website that presents user created textual content (...
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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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If the website automatically names the “submit” key on a website, can it lead to errors?

I just filled another form on an English website that didn't have name set for the HTML "submit" button. The browser filled in "Prześlij", which is "Send" in Polish. Given how many pairs of website ...
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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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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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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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How often should I show an “upgrade your browser” message?

I'm trying to determine how often to show a prompt to users to update their browser. I suspect most users will come to the site once a month on average to pay their bill. Some will come hardly at ...
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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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What would be the best way or methodology to find my users' web browser? [closed]

I'm designing a new web project for a company. For the success this project, it will be very important to know the main web browsers that users use. What do you think would be the best research ...
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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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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 time,...
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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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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 there any stats that show screen WIDTH instead of DIMENSION?

I am designing website and have to decide on width of the screen and I need to know the distribution of the screen widths - i.e. how many people are using screen of width equal or less than X (= 1024, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 kind of data should and should not be synchronized through multiple threads?

The startpoint: A page of a website is opened somehow in multiple instances at the same time (e.g. in 2 browser tabs, 2 browsers, or 2 devices). After that a persistent change happens on 1 of these ...
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How to Delete Input Data inside of Input box in Userfriendly Approach [closed]

If you have added some input data and you want to remove one or more data from the input box. My question is: Do you have any solution about how to remove data from a specific input with userfriendly ...
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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 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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Should a web browser indicate “year” near the lock icon to encourage more safe/secure website?

There are many important technologies coming to web browsers in the next few years. Not to mention that where we are today is a culmination of lessons learned and several security pitfalls. However, ...
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How to tackle browser's back and forward buttons/arrows?

What is the general UX rule followed wrt to navigation that a browser provides. I am developing a web based tool.I would be definately be enabling navigation to different screens within the tool, I ...