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Should Keyboard and Mouse stay next to each other? [closed]

I am looking for some recommendations / papers that claim that a keyboard and a mouse should be placed next to each other. What about a case where the mouse is a used as an input device and the ...
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(When/How often/Where) should I show my admob insterstitial ads? [closed]

I am developing an Android app about jokes, this is a simple schema about it: I want to implement admob interstitial ads and I would like to know about the best way to do it. For example: Where ...
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Effect of an image avatar on user's work with comments

I am searching for some study about what is an effect of avatar images in discussion. It is definitely true, that comment with avatar image is better for user's recognition and orientation inside many ...
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Which UI is more user-friendly and effective: Tabs or Collapsible Panels?

Not sure if the collapsible panels have a different name but I have seen them referred to as rollouts. I have used many applications that use one or the other or both, but I am wondering if there are ...
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Are sliders inefficient controls for desktop applications?

I always thought sliders weren't as optimal for numerical parameters. You not only have to look where the parameter is, but also where the slider is and ensure you are clicking exactly there to make ...
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What's the most efficient way to allow users to add items to a set?

The context for this question is a web application. Let's say we've got 400-500 widgets. Users can create an unlimited number of sets to group related widgets in ways that make sense to them. Each set ...
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Does site structure affects sales?

I work at an e-commerce company which sells replacement parts, we carry thousands of products which fall into several categories & subcategories and at the same time, fit different brand, model ...
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How to associate two objects with each other with minimal user effort?

Imagine you have a list of items that you want to categorize, or in some way associate with another piece of data. For example, you have a list of items, and you would like to have them associated ...
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Dealing with big amounts of editable fields

We've built an excel spreadsheet importer for our ERP system, which parses company data from the uploaded XLS files. This tool should help the user enter long lists of companies and is a more ...
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How can I display a tri-state button that displays the current state?

Ideally it would allow for a one-click change from any one state to any other state. Currently, I have a button that displays the current state. When you click on it, it just cycles through all the ...
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How could petrol forecourts be designed to improve efficiency?

I am always shocked when I go to a petrol station. The layout- in the UK, at least- seems to be fairly standard. But it always seems to me to be incredibly inefficient. These are the issues: When ...
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Does a large UX team tend to spoil a design?

Is there a rule of thumb for how many UX designers should be working together on a project? Factoring in things like the size of the project (e.g. number of functions/screens), timeline of the ...
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Elevator dispatch algorithm choice

We have a single elevator servicing an 8 level residential building. What might be the optimal elevator positioning algorithm to optimize user experience (primarily, wait time)? I was thinking ...
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Form input types for fast data-entry?

So, I have a form for doing data entry where there is a list of items which have three fields. The first two fields of each item are multiple-choice from five options, the third field is a simple ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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Computer login with password only, without username

I have an idea to simplify the login screen on things like home computers with a small number of users (say, 2-10) with passwords. Today, a typical home computer's login screen has three steps: ...
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Should we ask for name on card even though it's not required for credit card payments?

The name on card is not used when processing credit card payments. Paypal does not ask the user to enter the name on card when saving a card to the "wallet", while Amazon.com does. The benefit of ...
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What might be the most intuitive positioning for a “Hide Page” CTA?

Admittedly this is a rare scenario, but there are some instances where providing the user with a quick method for hiding a page or navigating elsewhere is needed. The typical scenario being a ...
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Why not default a user's view to the middle of a sorted list?

Is there a compelling reason (besides convention) why a user's typical default view of a long sorted list is always the beginning of the list and not the middle? Assuming a random distribution of ...
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Wouldn't it be more efficient to disable elements in inactive windows?

In most operating systems, there is a major distinction between: interactions which are available only when the element is in focus (for example typing in order to write a text in a text field) and: ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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Menu item and widget redundancy

What are current best practices regarding the idea of having both a menu item as well as widget--I'm thinking of a button with an icon on it, but it could be any graphical element that you could ...
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Why most websites don't use keyboard shortcuts?

I was wondering that why websites don't use keyboard shortcuts as often as desktop software tends to. I really like keyboard shortcuts in software, they makes me work more efficiently. But why don't ...
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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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Functionality of a form that receives bids for an item. What's best?

I have a form that receives bids for items. It is shown below: In green you can see the price for the current winner bid, below, the minimum increase for the next bid (in the case of the image, the ...
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Whats is the best UI interface for permission?

I would like to know what is the best user interface to represent Multi-group inheritance permission. I am not sure the treeview is the best way to show permission. What should be the best UI ? ...
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Long repetitive form or many small forms

I'm building an internal web app for my company. We're a commercial printing company - I'll try and explain our situation without getting into the confusing details of the printing industry... The ...
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Are there applications or methods for comfortable coding on touch screen devices? [closed]

Coding usually involves a lot of typing, but on touch screen devices too much typing is quite tedious. Some of that typing could be replaced by autocompletion or autogeneration of code and therefore ...
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Intuitive vs. Efficient: Which is more important?

When faced with a design decision in which one option is more intuitive, and the other is more efficient, what guideline should be used to prioritize one desideratum over the other?
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Do people know how to use what Wordpress calls “Shortcodes”?

For example, when posting to a blog via email, the user can enter [tags x,y,z] to add tags via email. How "technical" does that feel to the average user? Reference: ...
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How much time is lost by waiting for GUI?

After asking the question Will faster GUI always make one more efficient?, I understood that there is a lower limit to the amount of time lost due to the GUI not responding. My interpretation of the ...
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Will faster GUI always make one more efficient?

Are there any studies on whether one will actually get more done during a days work if delays went down i. e. from 10 ms to 5 ms for each update. My point is that if we are already working at the ...
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How Many Clicks for Given Action?

I am designing a web app in which people can come in and rate "objects" and comment on them. I know that the easier it is for the user to perform the main activities the better, but I was wondering if ...
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What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?

Given that there is no logically default animal from the list of animals below, what should be the "Default Value" below, according to best practice? <label for="animal">Animal ...
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Expert usability

I am struggling with a project and am reminded of a lecture at university that plotted two applications with differing rates of 'learnability' and 'expert usability' against each other: a) Harder to ...