Entry representing a particular day or a range/group of days.

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Why do web sites display dates in an inaccurate representation e.g. “a year ago”?

Many sites will display dates or times in an inaccurate representation like 1 year ago instead of just displaying the actual date. Here's a case I found to be particularly annoying: This video ...
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Will users misunderstand “Last week”, “Last year”, “Last month” etc?

In my diary iOS app, the user can search their diaries for specific texts. To avoid getting too many results, I added a "Time Range" search option. The user can select whether to only search the ...
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Do American users also confuse the day and the month in dates like 01/02/2013

Almost everywhere outside the United States, when short dates, e.g. 01/02/2013, are shown on computer screens, the user can't be sure whether the first two digits represent the day or the month. Is it ...
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What is the least ambiguous way to select a date range?

We are building an internal tool to apply for and track leave. We have discovered that choosing what days to take off can be ambiguous. We've thought of two different ways to ask for a set number of ...
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Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?

What are the different ways to have fields in an application for date, time, or both? What are the pros and cons for each? The most common seem to be a combination of 2–3 drop-downs, or some form ...
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Better way for users to select a date range

In my application, users select a date range for which results are required. The UI looks something like this: My users don't like this, because the date picker requires them to select a specific ...
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When and why should date pickers be used?

The above screenshot is from an airline's website. Date pickers are somewhat common on websites - they're especially common for circumstances when you're booking events. Most often when they appear, ...
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What's the best way to present date of birth form fields?

I am building a form that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best practice for this? I have identified 3 basic options: Free Text Field Users are able to enter day, month and year in ...
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Should date validation allow “091011”?

Should I allow users to input the MMDDYY or MMDDYYYY format for a date? That is, should any date validation logic not trigger a validation error if the user just wants to put in the numbers without ...
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Do spinner-based date pickers on iOS & Android detract from the user's experience?

Generally speaking, the rule of thumb on mobile devices is to follow the platform conventions, and that native controls are almost always better than custom UIs. However, I'm at a loss as to whether ...
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Best international symbol for date range?

From what I know, depending on the country you live, there are different ways of expressing a date range between two dates. In Japanese : 0000/00/00 ~ 0000/00/00 or 0000/00/00 から 0000/00/00 まで ...
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When should a year be added to a timestamp?

Stack Exchange uses relative timestamps to indicate when an action occurred; a question was asked, edit was made etc. This is done as far back as "2 days ago"; anything prior to exactly 48 hours ago ...
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Datepicker UX showing Quantitative Data

I'm designing a collab app that will include a datepicker widget to allow users to select the due date for a task. Our data shows that users systematically select the days where they have less ...
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Should UTC timestamps, such as those in Stack Exchange hover-texts, include day of the week?

There is a proposal on Meta Stack Exchange to add the day of the week to the hover-texts for timestamps on Stack Exchange, which currently show a raw UTC timestamp, of the form YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SSZ, ...
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friendly version of date formats

The users of my application have the ability to choose their prefered date format between: dd/mm/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy yyyy-mm-dd The 1st one (which has the Java pattern dd/MM/yyyy) produces 31/12/2011. ...
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Pros/Cons of date- and datetimepickers [closed]

What pros and cons do you experience when using datepickers in web forms or software? What do you think is missing sometimes? What bugs you when using a datepicker? I want to know, either from user-...
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Complicated date field with range option

Context: I'm designing a web form that allows users to enter information about some work they've created (title, description, image, etc). One of the optional fields will be a date field. After ...
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What control to use to select multiple months?

I want to offer the users a way to select a range of months within a year. The selected months are used to display a table of data. The control should be placed above the table and since vertical ...
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How should times be aligned in a column

I have a data grid of three columns of type [Time, Decimal, Decimal]. All records in the decimal columns have the same number of decimal places. I have right aligned these as they're numeric. But I ...
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How to design a good one-line date picker?

I'm designing a website on which a user has to pick a date, which is today by default. The content of the site will be based on the chosen date. 90% of the time, the date will be chosen between today ...
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2x Datepicker vs 1x Datepicker + Range select

I'm trying to figure out what would be the fastest and most convenient way to select a departure date and return date for a flight searching form. The standard for the travel industry is to have one ...
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How to display date and time

I want to present the date in a web page where users leave items that will be picked up by other users (the purpose of the site is not important). I was thinking of representing the date in the ...
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Formatting relative dates and times

First, when I talk about relative times (or would dates be more accurate?), I mean these 4 minutes ago, 1 hour ago, etc. When should they be used? With what degree of precision? Shouldn't it be the ...
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In a calendar, should we show dates that fall outside the current month?

To choose date at expense entry screen. Do we need to show next/previous month date in current month date? It can be useful for end of the month. But for other days? I think it looks cluttered with ...
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What is the best way to display date validation errors?

I am performing date validation on several forms. This validation includes making sure a date does not fall on a weekend, does not fall on a major holiday, is at least 3 business days from the current ...
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On Mobile Web, what's the best way to present Date of Birth form fields?

I am building a form for Mobile Web that requires users to enter in their DOB. What is the best way to present the date input field(s)? Some of the following options were identified in this question ...
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What is the best way to ask for repeating dates?

I've always struggled with the best way to allow a user to enter a repeating date. For example, scheduling a task you need to do repeatedly. There are a few different ways this can be expressed... ...
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How to present presets relating to a date range picker

We are developing a date ranger picker and are in doubt how to present preset time periods. The scenario is this: EITHER the user utilizes a preset period, e.g. Next 7 days Next 3 months Latest 7 ...
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Which date format to use?

In an application when you are showing a date to someone (and you don't know their preferred format), what date format should you use? USA or Rest-of-the-world? For reference if anyone is not ...
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Converting two character dates into four character dates

I have an application that converts the following invalid dates, with only two-character years into a valid date format automatically while the user's filling out the form: (NOTE: The application is ...
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Date Range: Is automatically making “To” the same as “From” a good practice when searching data in the past?

I couldn't think of a more descriptive title, but this is what I'm wondering: I have a Date Range selector box. It's quite straightforward, it has two calendars, one for the "From" date, and another ...
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What is the fastest UI to enter a date within the last 30 days?

My sales reps have a long list (200+) of their accounts and they need to enter the last date they visited each account. Most of the time this date will be within the last 30 days. What's the fastest ...
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Unambiguous way to display timezone information in a compact manner

When displaying a listing of events, each with their own date, time, and timezone, I'd like to present the timezone that the given event has been assigned. However, there is potentially a lot of ...
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In a ComboBox containing years, should I sort them in ascending or descending order?

My guess is descending, but I want to have some theoretical background. I was using an application and my intuition told me to click the scroll bar down just to find previous years, and I felt ...
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Date range picker in mobile app

In my current project, I'd like to filter a list by a date range. I'm not sure how I should design the interface in such a way that it's as easy as possible to select a range. My first idea was to ...
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Time slot selection

I'm on a quest to find the most user friendly way to offer a time slot selection to make an appointment in a company's calendar/agenda. It doesn't really matter much interface-wise, but because it ...
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Natural UI: Best way to show a time range and interact with it

I have a time range filter (for a web app, desktop and mobile) that looks like this: In this case, time is not relative to the user in terms of number of days (7 days ago), but it respects the ...
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Recomendation for choosing a start date / month

I've got a few forms on my web app that require a start date, which is always the first of a month. Currently i'm using the jQuery date picker plugin that disables every day of the month except the ...
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Best date formatting for post times on forums as far as UX is concerned?

This question is spawned out of a discussion on the meta forums for Discourse, a modern take on forum software being developed by our very own Jeff Atwood. Which date/time formatting provides the ...
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Date picker whereas day doesn't matter

The main goal is to the user be select dates or a range of dates in a table. The day doesn't really matter much, while the year and the month does because it's the time between the analysis of the ...
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Date picker - Restricting future dates = bad ux?

Restricting future dates? I'm developing a web form, as being reviewed, i was requested to limit the selection of future dates (e.g. not allowing picking dates after the computer's date) The date ...
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Formatting “days” in a timespan

When formatting timespans in short form for something like a stopwatch, I know the standard in most places is to use hh:mm:ss.ff (where "f" is "fractional second"). Some places will use mm' ss" ff, ...
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Dealing with Effective Dates in an Administrative Application

When dealing with Insurance based information, we often need to implement the use of Effective Dates on most of our data. There are numerous reasons for this that I won't get into, needless to say ...
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What alternatives to calendars exist for inputing dates on websites?

Inputing dates is going through changes on the internet, and in web/user interface design as well. Currently, I'm implementing <input type="date">, as this provides excellent usability on mobile ...
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Relative dates/times- Rounding and how accurate?

I was reading this question about formatting relative dates and times, but there are still some issue that I felt have not been addressed yet. I would like to: Keep relative times to just 1 unit, ...
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Is it good practice to include a timezone on a timestamp?

We have an application that displays timestamps for things that have already happened - creation, last edit, activity history. We have a customer where the source for these events (a user triggering ...
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Displaying varying prices

The holiday accommodations my company rents out have varying prices, depending on the day of arrival and the duration of the stay. Currently, these prices are charted in a scrollable table, with on ...
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Improve display of date range inside a table

I have been taking a look at this post, but it is not exactly what I am looking for, plus I have hour and minutes and is inside a table. My current table is this one (bigger image): The problem I ...
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Best way to represent “add to waitlist”

I could use your advice on a UX issue. I'm working on the UX of a system for scheduling appointments. Showing something is either available or not available is easy, but I want to give people the ...
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Best way to display a date range

I'm looking for the best way to display a date range in text that could potentially span across 2 lines. Currently I simply have something like "01-Jan-2013 -> 05-Jan-2013" with the arrow being an ...