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

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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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How to explain ID card format in text?

In an iOS app I have a identity card field. I want to show users the format. What the most appropriate/clear to describe the following regex: [XYZ]{1}[0-9]{7}[TRWAGMYFPDXBNJZSQVHLCKET]{1} Currently ...
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Are italics on the web bad for accessibility?

On a current web project, we've received word from the client that we can no longer have any italicized text on the website we are building. When I asked for some reasoning, I was told that "our ...
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Show hours < 10 with or without a zero

Is there a "good" way to show time in an iOS app (and more in general in apps/website) ? Is 8:35:29 better than 08:35:29 ? Format in different languages Moreover, I noticed that if I set my iPhone ...
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Should I rely on default OS format for field validation?

I have a international webservice (6 languages) with about 1000 people daily who access from any device, from smartphones to internet-cafes. The information displayed are a bit scientific, for ...
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What is the most readable way to display a U.S. phone number?

What is the best format for a full 10-digit U.S. phone number in terms of readability, accessibility, and overall ease-of-use? A few examples: (800) 555-1234 (800)555-1234 (no space after the ...
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What's the best way to display dates for international users? [duplicate]

Date formatting in the U.S.A. is usually shown as Month / Day / Year, while international users expect dates to be shown as Day / Month / Year. What is the best way to avoid confusion for a date ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

I have an application that accepts a dollar amount in $USD. Unfortunately, some people are foreign/visitors to the US and type in amounts with commas instead of periods: they format the number as XXX....
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When is it appropriate to use masking on an input field?

I am having some difficulty convincing myself that users will like masking applied to input fields (Web form). I personally hate it when forms manipulate my input while I'm typing it. I'd rather have ...
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What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?

The larger the organisation (for example a company or educational institution), the more likely that there will be two people with the same name. Typically, email addresses are formatted firstname....
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How can I tell whether to use input masking or magic inputs which accept any format?

Inputs which are designed to accept a user's phone number, a date, or a Social Security Number can use input masks. Input masks are inputs which will show the format required within the text box (for ...
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Adding multiple options to a list

In my web app there is a section for users to add packages to send products to us. Currently, there is a blank package when the user first arrives at the screen. After filling out the package ...
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Website Forms - struggling for space, what is the best option?

I am looking for some input on a dilemma. I need to implement a newsletter signup box and I am struggling to fit it in properly to the space I have. The restrictions are: The left hand column is ...
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Greyed out text field

I have a sign up form where the email address needs to be displayed, but cannot be edited (it is pre-determined, like an invite). Is it sufficient to grey the populated email field out to signify that ...
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Actual rules for formatting local numbers and currency

Local formatting for numbers and currency differs in many attributes, including: the decimal delimiter the amount of decimal spaces the thousand delimiter use of short / long scale the position of ...
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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 ...
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Is it good UX to right align numerical data in a text field when editing?

I understand it's a necessity when it comes to viewing data in a table or a list that numeric values should be righ aligned. but when it comes to editing the values in a text field, should it be same? ...
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Is it a good practices if I give helpful information about operating the search box to user?

On my data tables view, I have a search box that search information from database and shows it on the data tables. There are any need to use button with the search box? I use key up event handler ( ...
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Valid currency formats by locale

Does anyone know where I can get a list of valid currency formats by locale code? I've extracted formats from Intl (js object) and compared to those, which we can see in Windows Regional Settings and ...
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For death year, should I use N/A or — if person still alive?

I am making an app that displays detailed information of all U.S. presidents. For each president, you can view data such as the year the president was born and died. George Washington ...
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Best way to approach user regarding phone number formatting?

I have a text messaging web application in which users can upload multiple phone numbers through Excel or CSV sheet. However, I need the phone numbers to be in specific format (i.e. E.164 - the ...
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Best data formatting for sorted and unsorted lists (names, dates, etc) [closed]

Anyone have guidelines (ideally backed up by scientific study) for the best way to format data in lists/tables/grids? I'm arguing with my group about name formats--I think we should always display ...
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Is currency symbol enough to figure out the culture

I want to figure out a culture by passing just the currency symbol, however, I'm not sure if that is a good method? I was also wondering if the currency formatting is dictated by culture or by the ...
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Date range standards?

I'd like to show a date range in a succinct way but also have it look good in other countries, are there any standards for formatting date ranges in other countries? So far for the US I've found that ...
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Columns or Rows: Showing data in grids or lists [closed]

When presenting a list of quite detailed information (lets say a title, a date, a number, and then several paragraphs of description) which provides the better usability; rows or columns? Why? ...
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Rules of writing out numbers vs. What the User prefers to read

A simple and generic question that I can not find a straight answer for. The rule that I am debating is based on that I should write 2 if it is a measured value. In this situation the 2 is a rounded ...
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When should bold, italics, and colour be used to draw attention in a sentence?

Following is my signature on some other fora: Interested in Drawing, Painting, and Crafts? Please Commit to the Arts and Crafts Stackoverflow proposal! I cannot show it here but the words "...
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How to show monthly reminder's date

I'm going to create an app where users can select a date and time and then say they want to be reminded repeatedly, e.g. every month at that day of month. However, I'm not sure how to handle/show ...
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Should different field types have instructions that are formatted differently?

The development team (which includes me) and the QA team were having a conversation about the formatting of tips for user creation on the enrollment page of our application. Some members of the team ...
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What is the preferred way to format phone numbers when supporting international ones?

I have a web application that needs to support international numbers, since many countries format numbers differently and don't always have 10 digits what is the best way to format the numbers when ...
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First character of table column name in upper case

I have a table with the following column descriptions.: | Titel | bisheriges Ablaufdatum | neues Ablaufdatum | |:-----------|-----------------------:|:-----------------:| | First | 10....
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Currency format: By Locale or Currency?

Similar to this, but different question: International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes Wondering if currency formats are locale or currency dependent. For instance, if I wanted ...
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How to display a large quantity of (read-only) fields?

I have a page in a site I'm working on that requires we show the user a large amount of field information when the user requests it. This is an account information page, so will list their personal ...
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What is the best way to display friendly usernames?

We are creating an activity stream for our application and I have run into a challenge related to username display. Our usernames are keyed on email addresses, therefore, First Name / Last Name are ...
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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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Ideal breaks for long numbers?

Is there any rules-of-thumb or actual research on how to make long numbers more legible? We are dealing with 14 digit numbers: 12345678912345 This can be hard to read back over the phone as it's ...
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Best practice for inputting a date on a mobile device

Of a few options, I'm wondering what the most user friendly way to have a "date of birth" selector on a website viewed on a mobile device. Nearly all users would be from about '85 on, but could ...
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Where is the best placement of the form to see a results?

I am creating this form with the results to be shown, not really sure though if it is exact way to put at the right side.
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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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Full list of currency / money formatting based on locale [duplicate]

I'm looking for a full list of currency / money formatting for each locale. I know that for US for example 1500.00 USD would be formatted as $ 1,500.00 Australian user would see US$ instead of $. ...
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Compact readable boolean expression

I have a boolean expression which I want to show perhaps in a text box which could be easily copied or modified. The expression has conditions ( C1, C2 ... Cn ) and boolean operators ( AND, OR ). I ...
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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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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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How to improve formatting in user generated content (free text fields)

I run a small job site and one of the big problems I'm trying to solve is to increase the quality of the formatting used in the job adverts. As it turns out copy and paste is painfully common and ...
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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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Can italics be used to de-emphasise text?

In this example picture of text, the role of the italics was to de-emphasise the duration. Generally, italics are used to add emphasis. Am I incorrect in my assumption that this does, actually, de-...
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What is best practice for currency padding/rounding when entering values in a text field?

If I have a text field on a web page which displays a currency symbol next to the field is there any problem in taking values entered without 2 decimal places and adding them after the user submits? ...
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How do you indicate that a second number for month and day are optional in a single statement?

For instance, these are all acceptable in a MM/DD/YYYY format: 06/02/2014 06/2/2014 6/02/2014 6/2/2014 Here is what I have at the moment. However, I feel that users might not catch on to what I ...
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Date and time format placeholders

I'm going to allow user of a website to choose the display format for their dates but not sure of what placeholder/title to display. So for the format "dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm" which placeholder should I use?...
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When is it a good idea to force a format in a text box for currency?

Is this a good idea to format a text box if it's only for currency? It makes sure the user does not enter unwanted characters, including the decimal character. What I have now is this. For example, ...