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slider vs. select box / dropdown

I've got a web app with two related UIs for adjusting a value. The first allows the user to add or subtract up to 100% of the amount. It's for an estimate, so rough ranges (e.g. every 10%) would be ...
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What's the recommended way to use “question mark” icon?

I develop a desktop application, and I'd like to add a "question mark" icon besides one of the textbox (that describes the meaning of that textbox). My question is what the common way to use the ...
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Keyboard support for dropdown widget [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Patterns for keyboard accessible drop down lists I have developed an html/javascript drop down widget. At the moment I want to enhance the keyboard support for this ...
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Should radio options be displayed vertically or horizontally?

For Example: Results must match () All () Any () None Of the search criteria vs Results must match () All of the search criteria () Any () None The ...
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Suitable alternative to trackbar control

I use a track bar control in two different places in an touch-screen application I have. The first to record a specific amount of Data. (lets say 260 samples) the second to record an unlimited amount ...
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Touch control of value with high range [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Suitable alternative to trackbar control In our application, there are settings that have a high dynamic range (e.g. 0-10000 in steps of 0.1). I am in need of a UI to ...
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Is there a name for a control which allows a user to add/remove table rows?

I am building a control which is a table containing other controls (text boxes and dropdown lists) where the user can add/remove rows to the table. I am unsure of what to name this control and am ...
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Should buttons be disabled, removed or replaced with an alert message if they are currently unavailable for use?

I take what happens on Stack Exchange as example. When you used all your votes to close questions, the dialog box is still shown, and (if you select the question that is duplicated) the "Vote To ...
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Do spinner-based date pickers on iOS & Android detract from the user's experience?

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb on mobile devices is to follow the platform conventions, and that native controls are almost always better than custom UIs. However, I'm at a loss as to whether ...
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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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Dialogue Box supposed to be closed by default with the [ESC] key?

I started working for a software company, and while using the software we produce, I noticed that the dialogue boxes that we pop-up aren't closed with the [ESC] button. I'm assuming this would be the ...
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Should you have rollover on a button?

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups This particular product has a couple of buttons. When you rollover them they pop up megamenus from which you can make ...
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Web - How to represent a numeric input that is limited to increments of some number

I have a requirement for a form that restricts a field value to fixed increments of 50 and I'm not sure what would be the most elegant way to represent that constraint in a meaningful fashion. The ...
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Representing “undetermined” in a three-state checkbox

I'm developing a rule-based forms application where the user must explicitly choose a value for each data field, even boolean ones. For controls like combo boxes, this is not a problem, as they just ...
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One button or two?

I've got a web app where users can create two different kinds of similar things and I'm trying to decide whether to have two buttons, or one button and then present a choice as part of the resulting ...
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Should you use both the accelerometer and the touchscreen in a phone/tablet based game?

So I've been formulating an idea for a game the past few days. I don't want to get into too many details, but I mainly just wanted to ask about one aspect of the gameplay. OK, imagine a game where ...
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Add more controls at Run Time

I am developing customized schedule generator application for which I need to design User Interface. This UI will have an option to select Date, Time and number of hours. This is simply possible by ...
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Where to place voting buttons on posts?

I am making a little question site like Yahoo Answers and I am going to have a voting system on it. But I am stuck on where I should place the up/down vote buttons. I have it in the right corner right ...
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ux review word for select all

Is is ok to use Select/Deselect All here or better to shorten it to only select all. Would the users know that if they uncheck the "select all" checkbox. Everything will be disselected
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How to calculate how clickable a button or object is on screen

Given a screen of dimensions AxB, and a button or other UI element of size CxD, what are the best methods of calculating a rough gauge of how easy it is to click/reach/target that interface element?
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A dialog to set up working hours

I've got a dialog that helps an user to set up working hours for different days in a week. In this dialog an user can choose a day of week and hours/minutes which point on start/end of working time, ...
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Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?

I'm interested to know how people have, or would construct an interface which simplifies constructing logical boolean conditions? (Yes, it's a database query builder) In my mind a bad interface has ...
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Control for mathematical operator

I am not a designer, just regular programmer so my terminology might not be correct. What I am trying to solve is that I have a quite narrow area where I should have n amount of input fields and an ...
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Selecting a Range of Letters on a Mobile

I'm working on a game that teaches the alphabet. It runs on Android phones, currently (including tablets). One of the features I have in my settings screen is the ability to select which subset of the ...
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Can I eliminate volume from my custom html5 video controls?

I'm currently designing a custom full-screen video player for a client, who has provided an Adobe Illustrator high-fidelity interface mock-up. The concept is as minimalist as possible. Their mock-up ...
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What's this called and how does it fare from a UI perspective?

The Facts About Coventry website has a flash plugin app for navigation of data (bottom half of the page). It's a big circle where you can hover over the icons to get a description of the category and ...
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Should I use radio buttons or check boxes (or something else) for email address?

So I'm building an application where the users will be able to send some information via email. The previous system had an interface something like this, where the users would select whether they ...
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Alternatives to having an excessive number of radio buttons on a form?

I have a form which dynamically creates the user's choices as radio buttons. It functionally works, but it does not look that pretty. It looks ugly, particularly if the number of radio buttons grows. ...
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Is there a generally accepted way of handling controls that are not the same size?

I am standardizing the spacing between controls in an existing winforms application. (4px between rows) The project uses telerik controls that cannot be resized. The telerik datepicker is 20px high ...
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What could I use for a tri-state control?

I'm trying to think of a nice element where there are 3 states, but a simple checkbox would be a litlte overkill for what I want (I'd need two), as the states are: Enabled Default Disabled But I ...
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Intuitive design pattern for selecting indexed table combinations in a relational DB

Background I am attempting to design an interface for users to browse data in a relational database. The features are similar to PhpMyAdmin but is intended to be simpler and more user-friendly for DB ...
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Is it a good idea to put the word “or” between buttons on a screen

If I have a dialog to display to the user it has a data item displayed, and 2 seperate actions that can be done to the object. So, it's a resource and we want the user to choose which process they ...
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Positioning Back, Cancel and Next in a full screen wizard

Hi I have a full screen wizard that like many wizards has the back, cancel and next buttons. What is the optimum way of positioning these buttons on the screen? Are there any studies that have ...
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Are Sparklines appropriate for use in dashboards of reporting software?

For those not aware of Sparklines, here is an example: http://demos.telerik.com/silverlight/#BulletGraph/FirstLook Would these work well to really give users a quick dashboard/reporting overview of ...
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Where to place optimization controls in a scheduling interface with several vehicles and optimization criteria?

I'm involved in the design of a vehicle routing interface. It mainly consists of a Gantt-Chart, where jobs are arranged in a timeline. Each job is carried out at a different location. The total travel ...
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How to accomodate a large set of filter controls horizontally on a page?

Since the left column is occupied by the left navigation, this leaves only the middle area for placing filter controls. But there is a need to provide for more filtering options in future. In such a ...
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How to indicate a text field is autocomplete capable? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell the user that an input box is autocomplete-enabled? Has anyone come across any kind of visual indicator that suggests a text field will autocomplete? ...
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What is the best way to ask for repeating dates?

I've always struggled with the best way to allow a user to enter a repeating date. For example, scheduling a task you need to do repeatedly. There are a few different ways this can be expressed... ...
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How should I list some categories in my case?

I'm working on a web solution that allows you to create a banner with a product from your online shop. The user will set his shop, we will crawl it and get all the products and display them in ...
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How do I add the ability to cancel editing without a button?

We currently have an interface pattern that consists of a list of rows; clicking on one row activates "edit mode", where the lables turn into text-boxes, afterwards you can either save or cancel. ...
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How to format UI control screenshots so users don't think they're touchable?

I have a need in a touchscreen mobile app to show users a message that informs them about some system function that they should know might affect my app. As well as describing the issue, I want to use ...
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How do you indicate that a UI element affords sliding, without using an actual slider?

I'm designing an interface for an Android app that would allow the user to control the pitch, tempo, volume, etc. of some music playing in the background. Here's what I've sketched so far: I ...
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Well designed log viewers [closed]

I am looking at examples of well designed and easy to use log viewers as some examples for a web application I am working on. The web application has a logging system that logs events on various ...
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What does a user expect tapping album artwork to do?

I'm designing a music player app, which will play from a stream on the internet. In the app, I plan to show a navigation bar, a tab bar, and some info about the song that the user is listening to. ...
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When to use a UIPickerView instead of a UITableView?

When does a UIPickerView offer a better user experience than a UITableView? Does Apple's Human Interface Guidelines address this?
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What's a good scroll bar equivalent for a spiral script?

One of my friends is writing a fictional story about a people who use a script that is read in a spiral from the inside out. They write on long coils of flexible material, and longer texts are fed ...
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How can I lead users to and use an unusual navigation

So, I'm making someone a high concept website. Basically, there's one of those old fashioned television sets with circular nobs, like those on a stove, to change the channel. You turn the nob, it ...
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Pros/Cons of customized/reproduced HTML elements

I have a very specific case where the <select/> elements in a browser interface are replaced with a custom HTML structure while styling is added via CSS and functionality is added via ...
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Is there a name for the UI that marks key positions in a scroll bar?

In Chrome, when you do a text search, you'll see the locations of found instances of the text string shown as yellow lines in the vertical scrollbar. If you run Visual Studio with the Resharper ...
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User control for a two level selection

I'm about to develop an application that will be used by revisers to compile the errors they find while reviewing a translation. The application will consist of a simple form in which they will have ...