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Is clockwise or counter-clockwise rotated text easier to read?

When rotating text with css, should it be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise? Is one more readable than the other? Counter Clockwise:     —    ...
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Default cursor on mouse over of a button is not a hand pointer

Why is the default cursor an arrow when you hover over an HTML <button>? I always thought that arrows let you select stuff, but hands let you execute an action. Since buttons execute actions, ...
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Why do websites not use entire width of browser?

What reasons might a website not use the entire width of the browser, like Gmail does? For example, StackOverflow does not use the entire width — it has left and right margins. This means the ...
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Responsive Breakpoints?

Twitter Bootstrap uses these break points for responsive design: Large Display: 1200px Default: 980px Tablet: 768px Mobile: 480px A client said they are using 1280px for their Large Display ...
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What is more pleasing to the eye fade in or suddently appear

I have a pop up menu. What is said to be easier on the users' eyes? Should I just have it appear immediately using visibility = true or should I have it fade in using opacity animation?
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iPad/iPhone alternative for hover states

I've recently updated my personal portfolio with some CSS3 and jQuery magic. I'm extremely pleased with the results and yes, it's fully responsive. But i have an issue. I've structured my portfolio ...
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box-shadow hover effect when box isn't necessarily clickable

It isn't a secret that giving the user feedback on a link hover (image swap/sprite, link color/decoration change, etc.) is a necessary practice for optimal UX. In css-tricks.com's recent redesign, ...
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What are the rules of thumb for margins in web design?

My web designer tells me that in a web page, the empty margins or padding should always be multiples of a standard. For example 6 px, 12px, 18px. This should produce nicely balanced lay-outs. I would ...
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Do you consider the “960 Grid System” one of the “Holy Grails” of User Experience layouts? [closed]

Is there a "Holy Grail" of layout? I recently redesigned a website for a client (University of Connecticut Coop), where I happened upon a link in their old code to this article: ...
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Table usability/Readable font for a data table

What's the best font for a data table? Monospace is good but takes up more room, so you can't have as much whitespace between the items. Similarly, what are some good usability principles for data ...
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How can I display forum paging on a mobile UI in a more pleasant way?

I am having a problem trying to find out how to display the page numbers on a forum in a pleasant way. Please look at the picture below: As the picture shows, the page numbers appear to the right ...
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Should I style my buttons?

Are there any major advantages / disadvantages in styling ones buttons like Facebook, Twitter and StackExchange - vs. not styling them like Craigslist and 4chan?
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Bridging the gap between color palettes and CSS

I'm familiar with sites such as kuler, I'm well-versed in HTML/CSS/JavaScript (as a programmer), and I know what sort of content I want in my website. I can figure out how to lay out my content ...
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Using aspect ratios for responsive design breakpoints

I am trying to figure out what the best way to make my site responsive would be. It seems a lot of people base responsive design off screen pixel dimensions, but I feel breakpoints in aspect ratio ...
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Display input text that exceed input width

I'm having some issues when the user types extensive text in a small input field. I need some good way to display data that will be cut off. I tried to use a Bootstrap based Tooltip or Popover on ...
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One website for multiple client resolutions

I keep thinking that although creating a single website for multiple client resolutions or screen sizes might be hard work, it's far more maintainable than creating a separate website for each device ...
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How to optimise the space used by tags in the right column of StackExchange sites?

In this meta question about what the StackExchange UI site should look like, I'm working on (read: messing around with) a design for the site. I'm using a web-based tool to edit the page's CSS, which ...
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Is a raised-looking textbox appropriate or confusing?

I'm working on a website and the client is asking for raised-looking textboxes to match the look of the rest of the site. However, this makes the textboxes look like buttons that could potentially ...
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Measurement to use when designing for desktop and mobile

I am currently working on a web based administration interface which has a lot of controls, such as sliders, check boxes, input fields, etcetera. The interface should work on desktops, tablets and ...
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How to style a button - AJAX vs Hard Refresh?

When I'm casually surfing the internet, I stumble upon random buttons that I'm not really sure if they're going to open up a modal or just slide down a div so I just get scared of clicking them in ...
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What's the best way to design the web interface which runs the same on almost all resolutions?

With web pages, what's the CSS framework or any other idea, which may show the web pages the same way on almost all screen resolution using div?
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User-friendlier dropdowns with hoverIntent?

Is it a good idea to use hoverIntent (which introduces a slight movement-predicted delay to prevent accidental hover-offs) for user-friendlier dropdowns? ...
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Should Website “Container” elements reach the bottom of the screen?

I've got a fixed width layout site much like SE and Twitter and it personally bugs me when my "short" pages don't reach the bottom of the page. I've been wondering if this is a purely stylistic issue ...
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Guidelines/best practices for CSS hover animations in web UI

What, if any, are the accepted guidelines and/or best practices for using CSS animated transitions on hover in a web-based user interface? When does it start to simply become annoying and ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?
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Any evidence of increased click through rates on blue underlined links in html emails?

I'm redesigning our company email template. At the moment links are grey, bold and not underlined. I don't think this makes it very clear that it is a link. My gut instinct tells me that I should make ...
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What happens when the focus rectangle isn't clear?

I get a lot of clients that comment that the focus box isn't obvious enough in some browsers. Is it common and good practice to make it more obvious? If so, how exactly do people do this?
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How big is too big for a modal dialog?

My devs are currently working on a form that appears in a modal dialog- it was pretty big to begin with, but now they've added some fields and it's hanging off the screen- now they want to adjust the ...
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What is an aesthetically pleasing font for programmers? [closed]

I was directed here after a dozen downvotes by the gestapo over at stackexchange overflow. Hopefully you all will be more kind. I couldn't imagine how this question would get deleted, considering many ...
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How to direct users through a multi-step payment process?

I'm trying to develop a payment process for my users. Here are the steps that are required: User views the page that outlines all the awesome features that you get if you pay for the premium ...
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Advice on website design layout

I have a website that has a menu at the top. On some pages there is a sub menu that is at the left hand side, but this is only on some pages. How then would be best to design the page layout given ...
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User Profile Dashboard Design [closed]

I am trying to create a user profile dashboard for an application I am building using CakePHP. However, I am struggling to wrap my brain around a good layout/design for it. Basically, I am looking to ...
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How can I style an editable text area so that its purpose is implicit?

I considered a skeuomorph using yellow paper with lines but it seemed tacky and didn't fit the overall design of the page. The textarea fills an entire "panel" on the page just like other panels of ...
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Idea for improved usability for HTML form checkboxes and radio buttons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects? My problem is that the little checkbox and radio buttons for form controls ...
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Labels inside or outside text inputs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field? Are there any advantages / disadvantages in placing ones labels outside ones text inputs ...
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What are some things to consider when optimizing a web page for a projector? [closed]

I'm guessing I should plan for low resolution and big fonts? Any good examples out there?
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How wide should a responsive-designed website be?

Maybe this is a stupid question but I wonder if it changed. Websites used to be 960px wide so all screen resolution could easily see all the content. But with the new 'responsive-design' and html5 ...
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Displaying package comparisons for mobile?

On my desktop website I have 3 packages listing all the features included for each package and their prices with an option to add to basket. All packages are on the same page next to each other so ...
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Most Common Screen Size used to play facebook games?

I am developing a facebook game. this game is written in php/Jquery/CSS. Up until recently, facebook games have been display in an iframe that was 720px wide. But recently, they gave the option to ...
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How to align social buttons without losing vertical space?

I've add in some social buttons to one of our pages. I don't want to have to put them in a horizontal row because that'll push more products down below the fold. This is my idea so far: Close ...
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When should I use cursor:default?

On a website, text will by default have the cursor:text type which looks like this: However I've noticed some websites use the cursor:default type on text. When should cursor:default be used on ...
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Accounting for browser resizing in a site layout

Accounting for window resizing in a site's design and layout When designing a site's UI and layout, I've always wondered how much I should accommodate for the user resizing the frame ...
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Static tooltips vs tooltips that follow the mouse

This is for a debug app (programming) that prints additional information when the mouse is over a certain element. For example, the app can display a list of class methods. When the user mouse over a ...
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Does the Foundation framework comply with Section 508 and other accessibility standards?

I'm considering using the Foundation framework for a responsive design for two of my current projects, but I would like to know this: is Foundation designed to adhere to accessibility standards? If ...
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Question on fluid web design

There are 2 ways in which we can implement a fluid design (one that would adjust itself to the screen size on which it is viewed on); Approach 1: We can just use the available browser size (or ...
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Displaying count of something on the corner of a div.

So i have a list of things and each list item has primary information and supplementary information. One of the data items in the supplementary information is a count. The user may choose to interact ...
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What is the best way to center images in websites? [closed]

Every time I work on a new project I do not have any problems to center the text using "text-align: center" to center the text, but I have never seen a similar code to center images so I always have ...
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Branding websites aimed for mobile devices

I'm currently working on a website which is also supposed to be mobile optimized. My client has provided me with a layout of how the mobile version of how the website should look like. Making their ...
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What kind of visual cues would you use to show 3 different states for object?

I have an app where I want to show 3 different states for object. Active, Deleted and Draft... So basically my question is: What kind of visual cues would you use for each of the above and why? ...
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What is a standard Visual design effect to indicate default button?

What is an example of a standard (easily recognized) visual effect to indicate which button is the default ("if in doubt, click this"). In my application, the buttons are in a column (necessary b/c ...