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Best way to show to user an element of a table is happening today?

I'm making an app where an event list is displayed into a table with sortable columns. Even if there is a Date column, I'd like something to show clearly the items that are planned for today in that ...
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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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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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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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Why are spinning animations typically used for loading sequences?

This question is asking about why spinning animations tend to used as "conventional" indefinite loading animations - it is not asking why a particular software/app/OS uses a spinner. Also the ...
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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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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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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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Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?

Often cited usability guru Jakob Nielsen wrote the article “Top Ten Web-Design Mistakes in 2002” and placed on no 3 Horizontal Scrolling as a Web Design mistake with the motivation: Users hate ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is Google's purpose from naming convention for android versions? Who are their target? [duplicate]

Google tend to choose attractive names for their android versions like Jelly Beans, Kitkat, Ice cream sandwich and so on. What is their main purpose from these naming conventions? Does that related to ...
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Should I use a dropdown with only one item if in future this control might have more options?

We have a drop down selection that will only have 1 option. In the future this drop down may expand for some and not for others. Would it be better to develop it now as a drop down knowing that this ...
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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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File vs document in DMS

I find it confusing the fact that a DMS (document Management System) should deal with documents and their uploads. Often however when you upload you are asked for a file, which when is stored in the ...
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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 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 ...
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When to use static (i.e., sticky) navigation bars?

As an amateur web designer I've been paying close attention to websites' designs to improve my grasp on this field, I noticed that some websites are using sticky navigation bars while others are using ...
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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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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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What to call the “Short News” section/module?

I have a classic section called "Latest News & Articles" which is in the bigger left column. But then I want to have a block with "short news" like here (screenshot from games.cz): In Czech ...
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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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Is only having a single unmasked password field (no confirm) on a registration page a bad idea?

Some sites allow you to register and only provide a single password box, which is protected with stars. Traditionally a "confirm password" box is used when registering which allows you to confirm ...
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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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Keyboard navigation of editable fields skipping other controls

I've been browsing StackExchange, the MS UX guidelines, etc and have yet to find an answer, or even a suggestion about this. In a Windows environment, Tab usually moves focus from control to ...
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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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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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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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Nomenclature: Folder or Directory in UI?

I often see the terms "folder" and "directory" being used in user interfaces as well as in programming almost as synonyms. Do I have to stick with one? or can I use both interchangeably? Do users ...
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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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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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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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Is there a style guide for NFC functionality on Android (or generally)?

I've just added NFC functionality to my Android app, and I need to expose it to the user. I don't have a separate UX specialist or tech writer to hand this off to, so I want to make sure I don't write ...
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578 views

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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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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Designing for dynamic layout seen in ERP/ complex configurable systems [closed]

This is what I am trying to achieve. How can I make such a design in web application using ASP.NET properly. A bit of thought on the same:- How to properly set this up with good layout manager? ...
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Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut

If I have a button that has the caption _Save then when it shows up on the screen it will show the S as underlined. This tells the user that Alt+S will make that button "press". But what is the ...
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Why don't ATMs give you cash before your card?

I live in Australia, so this might not apply worldwide, but here, when withdrawing money, the ATM will give me back my bank card, then several seconds later the cash comes out. This typically leads ...
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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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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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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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Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus

Are there any studies on drawer type navigation such as: http://www.ibm.com/us/en/ where the navigation pushes down content, compared to traditional drop down menus where navigation covers up content? ...
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Dropdown select or Dropdown select + button?

There seems to be two contradicting conventions on web applications. One is that a Dropdown-control also is an action button, meaning that when a user selects an item in the Dropdown control, an event ...
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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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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 of ...