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Best way to give user two controls (expand and select) on a single object

We're working on an organizational tree visualization, for each node (circle) in the tree the user has two options - expand the node to see its children OR select the node In general, the primary ...
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How to make the relationship between two related lists more obvious?

I've got two horizontal lists - one that contains Chinese characters (list A) and the second that contains the decomposition of the selected character (list B). Currently, when the user clicks on ...
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Which input layout for choosing between Option1, Option2 and (Option1 or Option2, dynamically)

One setting in our app has to be as follows: For a certain scenario, the user select whether he wants: Always use option X Or always use option Y Or, depending on a dynamic flag, use X or Y (he ...
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Input control and concept of default values

I'm working on an application which purpose is to edit data from a specific domain. The domain has a concept of default/inherited values. For instance: Let say I have a control with an edit box to ...
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369 views

Default input labels and text sizes

Looking to get community feedback on a few small related form questions: For standard forms: How long should a standard text box input be? These text boxes would be for first and last name? Should ...
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Should I provide a default selection?

[this whole feature is a new one for us so we don't have real-world data] I have a form that requires the user to select one of predefined items (equivalent to, say, shipping addresses). The user is ...
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1answer
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When is an auto-saving form appropriate?

A trend Google has been pioneering in many Cloud applications is a sort of "autosave everywhere," especially noticable in Google documents's immediate save feature. I personally greatly prefer this ...
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1answer
190 views

Better way to show the calendars

I'm working on a single report page for a web app. I need to show how to filter the displayed data it be per day (diary) or between two dates (weekly). When the user select diary (Diario), it shows a ...
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Using hyperlinks for navigation and commands on the same page

I am working on a government web application. We have specified in the style guide that buttons will be used for primary actions and other secondary actions within the page will use hyperlinks. There ...
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1answer
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Best alternative to slider controls for iPad users?

My team is currently planning a map-centric web app with several slider controls for filtering results. While there seem to be techniques emerging for coding sliders to respond to touch instead of ...
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7answers
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Any examples or suggestions for working with timelines [closed]

I'm going to be writing an application that needs to handle linear work flows. For simplicity, there are two types of entries: Events: A trigger condition that allows you to move forward. It may ...
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2answers
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Is there a name for the type of grouped list used for iPhone contacts?

I use iPhone contacts as an example but you see it everywhere. The sort of list I'm talking about is where the group header (e.g. in the contacts example "S" ) docks to the top of the list while you ...
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Alternative control to drag and drop for assigning tasks to an individual?

I am working on a web application for Branch Managers at an investment bank to assign accounts that are without Financial Advisers for whatever reason. Some reasons are the Financial Adviser has ...
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What are unique UI controls on Android?

Apart from regular UI controls like tabview and listview, are there any unique and attractive UI controls like Quick action bar, Action bar, or iOS spinner (Date and time selector) which are ...
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6answers
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Rough and fine adjustments with horizontal slider

I'm used to scrolling being thrice as effective as arrowkeys in Firefox. I want to give the ability to quickly and roughly adjust values by hovering over the slider and using the scrollwheel. Finest ...
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1answer
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Choosing between state and action on video chrome controls

I realize that the question of deciding whether to make a button show its state versus show its action has already been asked. Some of the answers were to make the interface more verbose or add ...
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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Tri-state checkbox: Which state should be selected after clicking?

There is a hierarchy of selectable items, let's say a parent and two children. All three items have checkboxes. When both children are checked, the parent's checkbox is also checked. When both ...
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Should I refresh result set after changing Dropdown values ?

I've encountered with this question many times: Assuming I have a table which displays results according to dropdown value. Should I refresh the results automatically each time a value is selected, ...
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Depended controls framework [closed]

I am looking for client-side javascript plugin for jquery(preferred, or maybe other framework) that can implement the dependency between controls. Here is general requirements: the dependency shall ...
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2answers
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How to enter a number from a range on a mobile web app?

I'm designing a web app for smartphones that allows the user to enter some numbers within a large range (say 0-511 or 0-1023). The numbers are exact and equally likely to be spread across the whole ...
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Criteria for choosing fonts for a tree in a utility that everyone likes and can read?

So I've got a utility that really only needs to be ran internally, but I want the guys who use it to not complain about it all the time. I don't think that style particularly matters to them ...
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4answers
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Alternatives to More Tab Button in a UITabBar?

I am working on an iPad application that currently uses a UITabBar as the prevailing navigation element. The application has maxed out the number of buttons on the bar and is now forcing a More ...
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What's the preferred vertical orientation for a toggle script?

What's the expected behavior of a disclosure widget on a website? What's the conventional direction of the expanded state? Upward the content pushes down the clicked button while it gradually ...
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Best way to communicate the action of a non-button control

Question summary: I'm wondering what are some recommended approaches for communicating to the user what will happen once he clicks on an object, in the case that it's not possible to spell out the ...
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1answer
264 views

How to get a consistent “perceived” color on a transparent BG? [closed]

I'm in a pickle. I have to make form controls (buttons, checkboxes, text inputs, etc.) on a semi transparent black background (85% alpha). Here's what they look like so far: Notice the ...
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3answers
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Please recommend a widget to alter ratios totalling 100% [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to build a budgeting interface (sum of items must equal 100)? I need the user to be able to change the ratios of items adding up to 100%. Essentially, I'm talking ...
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What to call UI element like 'like' or 'mark as favorite' ?

Is it a kind of button? Do such UI components have a specific name?
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what are ways to offer sorting on a list of items by a property?

I have a list of divs that contain various pieces of data (name, type, date, etc). I want to offer the user the ability to sort this list by a list of possible properties (the name, type, date, ...
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Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?

What is the proper name for the UI element created by the HTML <select>...</select>? What is the name if the user is allowed to type in their own answer (not just autocomplete to pick ...
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286 views

How to indicate that something has changed on a form

I have a form that displays queue of messages and number these messages can be changed. Really I want to "indicate" label (queue length) when the number of messages were increased to improve user ...
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Project dependency visualization and navigation

I have to visualize software project dependencies and provide a way to navigate through the dependencies. I want to combine showing the dependencies of the currently selected project as well as ...
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What's a clean way to implement two checkboxes that can be “ANDed” or “ORed”?

I have a pretty standard search form on a web site that will return records based on various criteria. Let's assume each record corresponds with a person. A person can have a dog, a car, neither, or ...
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Magic meaning of Apply button on a form

I understood that [Apply] button does the same as [OK] without closing the modal form. Is it a programmer's trick to see changes outside current form and still be focused to it? Maybe it is like safe ...
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1answer
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What are some recommended web resources for theming and design of WPF controls? [closed]

I previously tried to ask about themeing resources for WPF in this previous question However at the time UI stack didn't really exist, and the SO guys gave "how to learn" type answer. I'm looking for ...
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Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message?

There are multiple examples, so I'll pick a specific one to focus the question. Let's say a user can have specific characteristics (or permissions): Admin, Virtual, External, Financial, etc. To ...
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4answers
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Should a light switch be small or big, or does this depend on other factors?

Small and big light switch compared: It's strange that this usually differs by country. The big ones are easier to hit, but the small ones provide better feedback (if you don't immediately see the ...
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How to represent a one time action

I am doing serious games and simulations and I sometimes have the need to represent actions to the user that they can only do once. Basically the user issues a command that only needs to be done once. ...
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Select All & Clear All vs. Invert

I met with situation when I have to use the long multiply check list. I have to add some usable buttons Select All, Clear All or Revert Invert. I know that the common practice is using "Select All" ...
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ExtJS vs. JQuery [closed]

From a UX design perspective (design freedom, interaction polish, usability, skin-ability, etc.), what JavaScript UI framework is best? Particularly, we are looking at ExtJS and JQuery. And, yes, we ...
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How to display the hierarchical data [closed]

Some real ui javascript library wanted! I have to display some hierarchical data on the web page. It should not be a classical tree view with the text items. I am looking for a graphical ...