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

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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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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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Columns or Rows

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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First character of table column name in upper case

I have a table with the following column descriptions.: | Titel | bisheriges Ablaufdatum | neues Ablaufdatum | |:-----------|-----------------------:|:-----------------:| | First | ...
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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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Is it a good idea to collapse a range of dates when formatting an interval of just one day?

I'm working on a web application that shows a list of records with a "start" and an "end" date. Normally, the interval is shown like this: # | Period | Etc ...
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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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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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Forgotten username, password or both

I am having some trouble with the wording of the following: Forgotten your Username or Password? Both? Where Username, Password and Both are links. Is there a need for the Both option or ...
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Displaying Dates and Time with Locally Relevant Time Zone Information

I am specifying enhancements to a system that will need to report on employee activity in different time zones. I anticipate that users of the system will be able to set a 'Home' or Local Time Zone - ...
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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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Dealing with awfully formatted user input

So, I'm dealing with users who do not seem to care enough to enter their fields with proper spacing and in the right case. For example John Harry Smith is entered as John harry smith or maybe even ...
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What is the correct way to format cents and dollars in a grid column with a total?

I have a grid with columns that are formatted as cents and dollars. By default, the tender and amount columns are being formatted as integers, but for the total we are formatting it as 2 decimal ...
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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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Regarding mandatory mark placement before or after field [duplicate]

This is regarding the mandatory mark placement on labels. I am confused and want to know which is a right place to put a mandatory mark is it at the start of label or at the end? Regards.
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International conventions/standards for abbreviating large numbers?

The concept of formatting large numbers in an abbreviated fashion for casual, non-scientific display (e.g. 12,345 as "12.3k") is well explored on SE: What is an alternative way to display a very ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...