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Which term seems more appropriate for a playback system, “player” or “device”?

Working on a site that allows users to listen to audio through some means of playback. Whether it is on their desktop (software), smart device (app), or special hardware, they can choose one of those ...
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Using a ribbon as navigation

Every use of the ribbon I have seen so far single panel 'canvas' programs, where grouped functionality is in the ribbon. I have been doing some analysis on some back end software which my company ...
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Emerging conventions for keyboard shortcuts within web applications

Scott Hanselman recently wrote an article titled "The Web is the new Terminal: Are you using the Web's Keyboard Shortcuts and Hotkeys" in which he notes emerging conventions on major sites (Gmail, ...
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Best position for collapse indicator on collapsible content

What is the convention/standard/best-practice for the placement of a collapse/expand button/indicator on collapsible content? I've seen many examples of the placement on the left (left of title in ...
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Is there a convention for identifying final vs. placeholder text in wireframes?

I'm working on a bunch of wireframes where I have a mix of near-final and copy-guide text. Near-final copy are text that our visual designers should use in their designs verbatim, and copy-guides are ...
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If a microsite uses the same logo as the main site, which “home” should it link to?

Which 'home' should the microsite's logo link to - the main site or the microsite? Consider that... The content and layout of the microsite is the only differentiator Half the users reach the ...
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Is there any research or data on horizontal vs. vertical navigational menus?

I've seen many sites using both horizontal (top) navigation, vertical (left) navigation, and both across web sites for a long time. My understanding is that they're both conventions, but I would ...
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Best uses of ? (help) and i (information) icons in UI

What are the best standards of usage for the help and information icons? (I'm unable to post an image because I am a new user, but the icons are either a ? or an i in a circle, most commonly) The ...
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Should I manually hyperlink phone numbers using “tel:” on my websites?

In code, you have the ability to make a phone number on a website into a link by prepending the phone number in the href with a "tel:" So, for example, you can create a link to 800-867-5309 with the ...
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Is breaking established web conventions in order to be consistent across multiple devices an unexpected (and therefore harmful) user experience?

As a good working example: The standard convention is for mega menus to appear on hover (see sites such as play.com and next.co.uk). This fits with Jakob's Law of the Web User Experience which ...
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Is double-click necessary anymore? [closed]

Double-click can pose multiple problems... you can move the mouse too much between the 2 clicks and it won't register as a double-click... or worse, it will be interpreted as a "drag"... same problem ...
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Isn’t the FAQ label obsolete by now?

Don’t get me wrong in the beginning of reading this. I really mean the label and not the content of FAQ. The content is very useful if its’ made the right way (as here on ux.se), but there are plenty ...
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Horizontal And Vertical Flipping / Mirroring

In graphics applications there is often a feature that allows one to flip or mirror objects like images or shapes around the horizontal or vertical axis. In an application I use the action will be ...
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In breadcrumbs in a CMS what should I use as the page name

In our content management system, users can create/delete/edit pages for their website. When editing a page we like to show breadcrumbs. For example someone creates an about-us page. Should the ...
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When developing the user experience for mobile applications, is it better to be consistent with the platform, or your brand?

Some of the best received mobile applications seem to be those that work harmoniously with the native platform (for example, an app that sticks to the metro guidelines, for Windows Phone); however I ...
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Why do some custom iOS apps use the native nav bar?

I'm talking about Instagram or Foursquare, they are custom designed but still are using default themed menu bar for navigation. Is there some dirty secret behind it?
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How effective are conventions when applied to inexperienced users?

As I was writing another question here at UX, I realized that I wanted to discuss more things pertaining to the same problem. I thought it would be a good idea to split the question into two since ...
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What to consider a click?

Such a simple concept, yet so many ways to interpret it. I'm making a program (a game, to be specific) using an event based library (Allegro). The library doesn't have a specific event for a mouse ...
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Better Term for “Web Design and Development” Company [closed]

What term do you use to refer to a company / organization that helps other companies / organizations in the following areas? Working with the product owner / manager to formulate abstract ideas into ...
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Are “About” views necessary in applications?

I am currently assisting in the development of an app for mobile and the web. Someone recently pointed out that we haven't discussed the "About" view yet. My first reaction was, "Do we need one?" An ...
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Is the concept of versions out of date?

I recently noticed some copy stating that something was compatable with "Firefoz 3.6, IE 8 and Google Chrome". I realized I don't know what version my copy of chrome is, yet it's always up to date. ...
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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
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Is “<Object name>: <quantity>” notation acceptable in most popular localization?

This question was originally asked in the linguistics SE (which is not a good place to ask this kinds of thing). Full question follows I follow the software localization guideline, that states ...
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Conventional keyboard modifier for expanding/collapsing hierarchical tree view

I have a large tree view where users will often want to fully expand or collapse a particular tree. I'm providing a context menu with both of these choices, but I'd also like to allow the user to hold ...
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What is this menu style called?

At work the other day, someone asked if there was a word for the style of menu that the latest versions Firefox and Microsoft Office now use; a single top level menu item which expands to a more ...
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Do “promo codes” or “coupon codes” do more harm than good?

My clients seem to love coupon and promo codes, but I've recently become very skeptical of them. When I'm shopping there's times I'll see a promo code field and I'll wonder off to other sites to find ...
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How to represent optional fields?

I've read somewhere, that if you have more required fields than optional, best practice is to mark the optional form fields. However I think that asterisk notation for required fields is a widely ...
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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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Is clicking here to stay?

I remember seeing a really interesting site a while back that challenged the convention of clicking: http://www.dontclick.it/ (it's a safe site, it uses mouse movement instead of clicking for ...
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Is it appropriate to display the warning message “Caps Lock is on”?

Is it appropriate to display the warning message "Caps Lock is on" when focus shifts to Password field? In gmail and yahoo I don't see it. So, what does the standard say?
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What is the standard convention for ordering On/Off buttons?

I am working on a Windows application that has a set of On/Off radio buttons, specifically "Low Power" and "Normal". I have arranged them so that the Low Power button comes first, and the Normal ...
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Is there a preferred manner of laying out a few radio buttons?

If I have a requirement to display three radio buttons, is there some UX standard that says they should be laid out vertically and not horizontally? i.e. is: o High Temperature: o ...
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eCommerce search with Images and prices as you type - is it too much to put in the search result?

Please have a look at the demo we did for FreshDirect. Start at http://dl.dropbox.com/u/24083519/FD/FreshDirect.html Goto the search box and click 'organic tomato'. The interaction is immediate, and ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to put the logo in the top-right corner and the navigation in the top-left?

Firstly I would like to say that I don't think there is a concrete rule about where the logo on a website should be – but intuitively I think it should be in the top left at least for continuities ...
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How do you go about convincing the stubborn “powers that be” to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to?

How do you go about convincing the stubborn "powers that be" to let you change a clumsy layout that users are used to? Say there was a layout in a previous version of software from years back and ...
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How and when to go about challenging a tried and true user behavior?

There are many user behaviors that have been ingrained in us over time. Some of them good, and some of them just because, "that's the way that it has been done for years, people expect it." The ...
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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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The missing “Folder Up” button in Windows Explorer in Vista and Win7

Windows XP had a "Folder Up" button in Windows Explorer. Whenever you want to go to a directory higher in the hierarchy, you just press it. Windows Vista and Windows 7 have a rather useful address ...
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UX Organisation

I was just wondering if there are any organisations or groups which monitor or provide insight into User eXperience, such as the W3C for the World Wide Web, or the IEEE? Although they are not creators ...
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Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?

This Twitter post sparked me to ask the question: totally! RT @damienguard: Dear UI designers everywhere. Stop using floppy disk icons for save. Too many people have no idea what it is now. ...
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Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?

When giving out your email address on a site, do people still use the mailto:email@example.com syntax for the link? Does this work with people using web mail clients? I use gmail and whenever I click ...
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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
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Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change?

I have a quick question about buttons that toggle between two states. (Think Play/Pause, or Shuffle/Regular Play.) As the title says, should the toggle show it's current state or the state to which it ...
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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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Why is there a convention on the web for dropdown menus on hover instead of on click?

This is something I've always wondered. On all major operating systems, application menus (File/Edit/View etc) only appear on click. However, nearly every web site that uses a drop-down menu ...