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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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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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I need ideas to improve this timeout control

I'm getting ready to publish a page of real-time stock-option data. Problem is I'm not so sure any more of many controls that I used to be in love with. The first of these now-doggish controls is ...
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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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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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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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Control to select (not open) a file on windows

I am designing a Windows application that has a dialog that requires the user to select a file, similar to the way you would with an <input type="file"> on the web. However, I cannot think of a ...
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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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Do users like choice? How much should I give them?

I built a photo slideshow web page as an exercise for myself. One thing I found myself doing was adding a Settings button. Clicking this reveals a little settings pane that lets a user choose between ...
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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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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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Version Control for Help Files

What is the best way to have version control when creating complex help files with new updates and versions coming out quarterly or so? How does one best go about versioning the Help file? ...
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View refresh frequency

My application displays data that can be periodically changed. Changes follow 5-10 times per second. I have to avoid so frequent updates to increase application performance. But I have to add some ...
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accordions vs tabs

What is difference between accordions and tabs from the UX point of view? This is repost from this thread on SO: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5690589/difference-between-accordion-and-tabs (I ...
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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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Location of new items in list

I have a medium-sized list (about a few dozen items, the container is very likely to have internal vertical scrolling). There is no sorting, so items are displayed in the order of their addition to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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11answers
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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Scrollbar on the left

Is there a deep study that suggests to place a scrollbar on the right? Personally I move it to the left whenever it's possible (firefox allow this, as well as xterm and emacs). I know that placing a ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Which one is easier to use: horizontal or vertical sliders?

Which type of sliders is easier to use: horizontal or vertical?
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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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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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What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?

I am building a form that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best practice for this? I have identified 3 basic options: Free Text Field Users are able to enter day, month and year in ...