The formatting of text and numbers to improve readability or to otherwise improve comprehension.

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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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Why does it seems like the convention is “Last Name, First Name” all over the web?

I understand that in a long list of names that searching typing in last name first makes it easier to filter but all over the web, I see tables where names are listed as "Last Name, First Name" format ...
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When formatting numeric data with rounding, should the total line reflect the total of the rounded data, or the raw, unrounded data?

Consider this scenario: The rounded numbers add up to 195. But the rounded total would only be 193. So which total should you show when showing rounded numbers. The one that matches what is SHOWN (...
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Best practice for monetary input separators validation internationally?

Imagine an application where we have mixing of number formatting with regards to separators. To simplify we'll pretend it's just US Dollars (12,345.67) and Euros (12.345,67). Some users can view and ...
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What is the best compact chart format for a binary value over time?

I want to show a "success"/"failed" value on a chart in a compact space. Basically I have various processes that run every day. I want to show in a compact space the status history of each process. ...
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Should large numbers be formatted with delimiters?

Every country has a different way of delimiting large numbers. In USA, we put commas between every three digits. For example, one million would appear as 1,000,000. I believe this allows the reader to ...
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What would be the best way to format a time range?

I have a chart control and a time bound value. The control displays the value aggregated over equal intervals of time. It is important to display the corresponding time range for each aggregated data ...
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Best practice for form layouts?

Is there a best practice for forms, or is it conditional on the length of it, and what it's for? I have a registration page with about 10 different input fields, and not sure if I should do two ...
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How to explain time zones when collecting future date & time from a customer on website

I am designing a web page where a user enters a date and time for an action to happen. This action will have a very significant impact on their daily lives, so it is important that the customer ...
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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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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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Not defined variables display

We have a pretty large CMS for fleets and sometimes people leave some optional input fields blank. Displaying that information on the screen doesn't help anyone, and from my point of view it looks ...
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Is constantly updating the formatting of a numeric input box a good idea?

I have a numeric input box, as part of a form. I'm implementing delimited splitting, to make large numbers easier to read. ie, 1000000 would become 1,000,000. Would it be a good idea to automatically ...
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Best option for data grid records that each can have different multiple choices

Below is a mock up of the screen, and I'm not sure of the best way to do the Delay Reasons in this case. Each service can have multiple delay reasons and each service can have different delay reasons....
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What is the correct way to indicate something can be either singular or plural?

Taking it as a given that the system is not intelligent enough to be able to recognise a single result as apposed to multiple results (don't ask!), what is the correct way to represent the possibility ...
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Print array index in plain text

I'm developing an engineering application which stores data in C arrays. When a user edits data representing one of the items of the array, I want to be able to show the item number they're editing. ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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Best way to represent null and empty data in an excel file

We have an application that allows users to design their own forms and export the data to excel. One problem is the representation of null or empty data. There are two scenarios that we need to ...
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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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Table head labels should be bigger?

One of my clients is asking me to make column head labels bigger, but i prefer them smaller but bold and lighter. which one should be the better? bigger and bolder headings for each column? or smaller ...
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Wrapping Stack Exchange footer site list?

Browsing through the StackExchange Android website I came across this, and was curious whether wrapping of site names is correct. Will a users eye automatically read "User" and wrap their eyes to the ...
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Whats the best way to present a time duration to user?

We're trying to implement the most effective method of displaying duration it takes for user to complete a puzzle. Looking for simplicity and accuracy. I've added two examples that we've been working ...
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Should both bold and italics be allowed in electronic flashcards?

When people create electronic flashcards, is there a valid need for them to have markdown for both bold and italics? This is a question that I have been debating with some colleagues for a while now ...
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Common techniques/resources for formatting source code?

Two parter: Does anyone know of any stylesheets that are meant to format like visual studio, also any that format like chrome's javascript debugger. What's the preferred way of formatting source ...
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Inputting percentages - in decimal or whole number form?

I've come across a situation in a form where one group of people is expecting an input field for a percentage value to be whole numbers, whereas the other expects decimal values. Either way when the ...
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What are some reference works for capitalization in UI text?

I'm currently in the process of updating the language files for a large web portal. Over time, a lot of inconsistencies have crept in, and so in different places you might see contrasting: Titles > ...
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How much of the related text should be included in a hyperlink?

When adding hyperlinks to the markup in paragraph-sized runs of text, how much of the text relevant to each link should be included? So I know links that just say "here" or "this" are bad, but what ...
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Suggestion for long form like an invoice

I am about to make a long form where users can select/enter data on a web interface directly. Something similar to filling up an invoice form on the web page. I wanted inputs on which process of the ...
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Conventions for the display of large numbers

I have a grid column which can display numbers ranging from single digits and into the billions. I think that at some point we need to switch from displaying the whole number to using abbreviations, ...
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What is an alternative way to display a very large number?

In my application I have a text field that should display numbers (representing money) ranging from 0 to 999 trillion. The users of my application are the general public, so displaying a scientific ...
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best way to display phone numbers from various countries?

The site I'm working on will list contact data for dealers from around the globe. I'm uncertain what the best way to display non-US phone numbers is. Reading Local conventions for writing telephone ...
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Should first and last name be formatted?

When collecting first and last name from users, should the name be formatted if it will be shown to the user again? Example: BILL is formatted to Bill It seem almost impossible to account for all ...
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Displaying floating point values

My app deals with mathematics and geometry, and it will often have to display floating point values. As you may know, floats often have gunk in their least significant digits after a few calculations ...
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Globalization Patterns for Dates Without Year

In my application, there is a field that represents the end of the accounting year for an entity. This "date" is the same every year, so what we currently present to the user is field with a month ...
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Is a number easier to read with the thousand separator?

This may sound like a stupid question but I'm being taken to task for this at the moment. Personally I believe that it's easier to read 1,234.56 than 1234.56. However there are others that are saying ...
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Should users be allowed to copy and paste rich text into text?

I have a wiki-style application where users can create articles. Recently, some users have been complaining that our editor does not support copying rich text and formatting from applications like ...
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Best formatting (aligment) for of a list of facts

In an application (though what follows applies equal well to a report) there will be a panel which shows a list of various statistics or facts, of this general form: "Category: data". So, for ...
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How do I make my buttons with text look awesome? [closed]

I'm doing the e-commerce part of a site that a design firm started. They used a Mac and made their buttons look oh-so-nice: Unfortunately I don't have a Mac, and the kind of buttons I've created ...
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HTML table cell wrapping issue

One of the problems in a tabular representation of data, is text wrapping inside cells. There are some options available, like: Fixing the width of the columns, and enlarging the rows height to ...
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How much text markup is good, before it becomes bad?

In 1997 Jakob Nielsen told us about how users read on the web. (Actually in a typically headline grabbing way, he says they don't and then tells us how they do!) Nielsen is a big proponent of using ...
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What is the best format for a countdown timer?

I was wondering if it is better for the user to display a countdown timer in the format of 36 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds instead of 1 day, 12 hours, 12 minutes, 30 seconds. I think that with 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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When should hyperlink text be used?

Should text links always be text or are there cases when it makes more sense to simply link the URL? Examples A text link might look like this: Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design ...
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International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes

In developing a web application that presents monetary data for a variety of locales, I have inquired about the differences of currency formats. In particular, I'd like to know when it is appropriate ...
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What is the point of bbcode (and related markup)?

Why do some sites/forums use bbcode or another formatting language when they could just allow filtered html?
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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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friendly format for Phone Numbers

Currently on my website users are required to input their phone number in a very specific format (555-555-5555). If you forget the dashes it breaks. Does anyone have a good suggestions for how to be ...