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Does my website still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and earlier? [closed]

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 IE 10 and above. I just sent a link to my ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Is there ever a good reason to force opening a new browser window?

As a power web user, I know how to use my browser and it drives me nuts when web sites force me to open a new page. My mother, by contrast, just gets confused when this happens. At the end of a web ...
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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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is it right way to open social network pages at same tab [duplicate]

As per usability which sounds more user friendly, Imagine a footer of our website have social network icons(like fb,twitter,google plus ,etc) ,what is the best way to show it to end user is it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...