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Alternative design options to context menu on Windows Phone

On Windows Phone it's possible to provide a context menu to the user when an item is long pressed. I have a list of items (waypoints the user has added to a map) which I'd like the user to perform ...
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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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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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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 it advisable to use own color scheme for Android app

Android does come with 2 default color scheme : Holo light and Holo dark. I was wondering, is it advisable to use own color scheme in Android app? What kind of consideration we should taken in, when ...
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Non-standard symbols indicates special function

Everyone most web users understand that the asterisk (*) indicates that the fields on a form are required. But what about non-standard symbols? Our UX team is currently working with an application ...
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Interface requirements for both left-to-right and right-to-left reading

Most interfaces, gestures and UI patterns are based on reading from left to right (sinistrodextral). Swiping to the right to go back is based on making the same motion with your finger if you want to ...
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What should the default selected action be for destructive actions in a dialog?

When a user is about to perform a destructive action that cannot be undone, what should the default selected option be on the confirmation/warning dialog box? In this example, the user is about to ...
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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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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 a 'delete image' button be on the top-left or top-right?

I am working on an application that allows status updates related to the application. It is very similar to posting a Facebook status so I have been using a similar layout to their posting screen. ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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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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Any downsides of preferring wildcards *, ? over %, _?

In my database application I'm intending to give the users simple glob pattern search possibility besides standard search of text literal. (Let's not mention other search options to keep this question ...
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Standard notation for describing UI

Is there a somewhat standard (commonly used) notation that allows to specify key information right on the mockup like: font, size, boldness color something being centered or left/right aligned same ...
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What is it called in UX terms when you share a unique link to privately share/collaborate?

I'm looking for the name of a specific name of a UX convention. Many games, to allow for multiplayer games without logging in, let you share a unique URL that when another person visits, will create ...
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Changing a visual object as it is dragged

Imagine that you have an interface with two principal panes: a map and a timeline. We want to enable our user to be able to select a job displayed on the map (for instance, "repair washing machine at ...
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Keyboard shortcuts and navigation in complex widget

I have this widget which will be widely used. It takes quite a few click to perform a relatively small action. Thus, I've decided to implement keyboard navigation, but I'm having trouble laying it ...
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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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After deleting an item in a list, should focus go to the previous or next item?

Imagine you have a todo list, and you're currently editing the item marked ** Task 1 Task 2 ** Task 3 The interface provides a command to immediately delete the current item (not just clearing the ...
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What keyboard input makes sense for tabbing out of a rich text field?

My Windows application has a form controlling system-wide options with a toolbar-equivalent and a region for controls. The toolbar has a series of icon/label pairs; selecting one fills the control ...
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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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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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Hourly Time Brackets Notation

I'm designing a table where the columns represent time in hourly brackets. My question is whether there is a convention for the notation. Do you think option A is self explanatory that the bracket '...
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Is there a mail sent confirmation standard?

Is there a standard UX best practice for displaying a message to the user informing them that the email was successfully sent via a form?
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What is the best way to visually indicate correct plug alignment with socket (hardware)?

I currently have a problem where users are not correctly aligning a plug with a socket on an electrical device, leading to the plug being forced and the pins breaking. Users have suggested putting a ...
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Should there be a space after the copyright symbol ©?

To space, or not to space, that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to place the copyright statement in the footer of an application, or somewhere else, is beside the point. What I want ...
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Fast / numereous animations. Possible Epilepsy / Seizures from website game?

I'm building a pretty simple Question and Answer game. It's in the beginning stages now, but I would like to know what your thoughts are on the background animation I currently have. 1) Is there too ...
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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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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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Look and Feel Consistency for existing app with new features

I have an existing app, which is almost two year old and I am planning to build new UI screens using bootstrap framework. I start to realize that new UI screens are NOT having the same look and feel. ...
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Android design with two-tier (primary and secondary) navigation

I need a way to include tabbed primary navigation (i.e. facebook) with one of those primary tabs having 2 states (secondary nav/tabs). My 3 ideas are as follows: stack them (eeek!) Make a ...
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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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What is the proper name for this UX feature?

When I'm working in a programing IDE, I would call this feature "Code hinting", or "code completion". However, in the context of form field, what would this feature be called? The main reason I am ...
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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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Where does this convention come from? Green = right, red = wrong

Red indicates that something is wrong and requires attention/fixing. green indicates success. Where does this convention come from? I can think of traffic lights, but that's it. example:
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Which is the best way to display “Favorites” in a mobile app?

Which is the general practice to display a "Favorites" button in mobile apps? Should I should use a row in a list of options or a button in a fixed bar that is always displayed throughout the app? ...
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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 the convention for order of fields on a mobile payment page?

I'm currently redesigning a mobile checkout, and I've run into a problem when building the "payment details page." Every checkout in the world needs one of these, and they all basically need to have ...
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Is opt-out a spell correction convention?

On iOS when you type a string of characters and the spell correction shows up, you need to actively cancel the suggestion if you don't want it. The same goes for a searching on Google and Yahoo which ...
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Naming convention for “admin” UI and “public facing” UI

I have a social network kind of app that has two dramatically different interfaces: The admin part, where the owner administers the account The public facing part, what all users sees I need to ...
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What is a suitable naming convention for a series of product image views?

I would like help with a naming convention for product images. The images are currently given names like 'widget - front left 2.jpg' and so on. These are not user friendly! In this instance the UX is ...
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Is there a convention for hinting at a row item's age or staleness?

Are there any accepted conventions anyone can think of for showing the age or staleness of a particular row in a set of results on a web page? I'm looking for some visual way to identify how long ...
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Best place to display filter button in mobile

I'm currently designing a screen for mobile with a navigation bar and a filter button, however I'm at a loss about where is the best place for the filter button. This is my current screen However I ...
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What is the best convention to add css class(es) to a HTML element? [closed]

I couldn't come up with a simple title that explains my problem, but I'll try to be clear. Is this a good convention: <div class="margin10 padding20 font28 display-block">Something...</div&...
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Is “Get Adobe Acrobat” still necessary for business websites?

First off I think its important to say this is a business to business website that isn't web / techy related. It's a manufacturing company selling to blue collared contractors. On our existing site ...
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Free Trial Registration abandonment and resume

Dealing with a free-trial registration that REQUIRES a billing page, unfortunatelty (Credit Card info). There are 3 steps to this registration: Account registration Billing Confirmation - tell us ...
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How to group together blog posts/articles?

What should be the general criteria to group together blog posts/articles? I have just two ideas in my mind: One - To group by date of publishing. Two - To group by category. On what type ...
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Is the purpose of these buttons conflicting?

My users are to pick out a view of data for tables and graphs through a button panel, but I suspect this one button might be too confusing. Now, actually using the control panel feels very easy, ...
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Nomenclature for components of a Gauge UI element

Are there any standard / common names for the components of a Gauge or Donut UI element? This is what I'm talking about: The components I'm interested in are: The background gray area - what ...