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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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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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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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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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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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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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Folder naming standard for storing app backup data on user's personal cloud?

A lot of web/mobile apps can store backups on your personal cloud storage ( Dropbox, Google drive, ... ). It's usually done by by creating a folder and storing the files that are needed for the app ...
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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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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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Mail icon, is the envelope icon dead?

The question Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead? made me think about another icon. As the number of mailed letters drops from year to year, I wondered if the icon just can't be associated ...
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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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Design for Application consistency or follow OS convention?

When we design applications to be used in the new world of cross channeling, we need to take into account a lot of different factors. Not only do we need to address in which environment the app is ...
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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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What are conventions for keyboard shortcuts in Windows and OSX?

Keyboard shortcuts in Windows appear to follow some sort of convention based on the modifier key, but I can't figure out precisely what it is. Here is my current best guess: Ctrl-* often does a ...
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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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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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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’re times I’ll see a promo code field and I’ll wander off to other sites to find ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Why is == the standard equality operator? [closed]

In all the programming languages I have ever used, the comparator for testing a mathematical equivalence is ==. For example, in python: if 7 == 8 - 1: Why are all, as far as I am aware, programming ...
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How to Display Occasional Announcements on a Website?

I’d like to add an announcement banner or an element with the same functionality (e.g. alert, button) to a website to notify users about an upcoming survey. It should contain a call for participation, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 “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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 ...