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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...