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

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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Tabbed browsing. Why close the application on closing the last tab?

This happens in IE, Chrome and Firefox. When you close the last 'tab' when you're navigating, the application closes. I'm aware that Chrome (at least) has a really fast restart after that, but still, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do niche web applications still strive for legacy browser support?

I'm developing an organization web application geared towards creative thinkers, with productivity tools for freelancers and small group collaboration; designed responsively, the app will work on ...
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Why do some patterns flicker in strange colors while scrolling? [closed]

This image (source: Guardian Business) exhibits strange behavior when scrolling on some browsers. At 100% in Safari (on OS X on an LCD display), it flickers red when scrolling; at some zoom levels it ...
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Allow list box to expand to browser height?

I'm designing a web app that includes a list builder. I've proposed that the height of the list box containing the available items should grow depending upon the available browser height. However, I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...