Forms are generally used to retrieve user input such as text, selected radio button, selected checkboxes and actions like pushing a button

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Making contact detail form more friendly

I have a windows based form in my project for adding contact details. Here's a screenshot I have added textbox for First name, Last name , var and cst (vat and cst are numbers related to ...
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Wizard or Tab ?

When I want to make an input dialog with lots of input field, do I need make the dialog in wizard style or tab style? Any suggestions?
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Drop-down field with only one value

If there's a form that requires a user to select, let's say, one of the email addresses he/she has on file in his account, would it be bad practice to make that menu item a drop-down regardless of how ...
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Multiple input boxes on a search form - And/Or Functionality

I am looking at redesigning a search form, which has multiple cases of ‘And/Or’ in between 6 different input boxes. So a user must enter at least 1 piece of search criteria, but may enter up to 7 if ...
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How would you handle user access management with 4 levels and 9+ unique roles?

I've been racking my brain over this, and haven't had any luck in finding existing use cases similar to mine. I'm implementing the front-end for our website reporting software. We've got some legacy ...
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Contact form or mailto: link?

I'm aware that mailto: links only work for people who use a mail client. Assuming most novice users don't, is it safe to assume that contact forms are only appropriate when the target audience isn't a ...
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Is it better to force sign in before or during restricted forms?

I am building a form that will require a person to be signed in to successfully post. Filling out this for is ESSENTIAL to my web application, so I really want to make it as painless as possible - ...
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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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Toggle FIND button to OK in Find dialog when search result shown

We have a search dialog that has a criteria pane at the top, and a result pane at the bottom. We have placed the FIND button between the two panes in the dialog, but in practice people are expecting ...
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Multiple lists on one screen — best approach?

Let's say I have a profile screen with two lists: one for Friends and another for Hobbies. This is just an example. It could as well be a Customer screen with Suppliers and Orders. I'm looking to ...
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How to facilitate mass data entry?

I am a programmer & I am working on a web app that requires a GUI for facilitating mass data entry. Now this "data entry" can be of different types like audio, video, text etc. I already have ...
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input type file workaround for usability reason

The HTML input of type file consists of a text filed and a button that says "Browse". Because our users are not English speakers, we would like to change the wording on the button to be in Hebrew. But ...
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Alternatives to checkboxes and radio buttons in web-based surveys?

I've been tasked with designing a simple questionnaire design with a lot of different types of questions. I've been taking a lot of web-based surveys myself as well as testing some with users. The ...
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Best pattern for international address forms?

I've noticed an emerging pattern in web-based forms is to put the country field before city/state. This is contrary to how we would normally fill out an address on paper, but it allows us to have ...
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Long scrolling form or 3 compact pages?

I have a form with three sections, each with about a dozen fields: General Product Information Product Details Shipping Options Should I place all sections on a single page (thereby forcing the ...
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Best place to put registration fields?

I have a form that will allow a user to post a classified listing on my site. The thing is, we required users to be signed in to post...so instead of redirecting a user to a separate page to sign in ...
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Whats an intuitive interface for managing user groups and permissions?

I am building a web app with an admin interface for editing users, groups and permissions. Currently, the interface looks like this: http://cl.ly/3I0l1B1e2x092g0s3q1B To remove a permission from a ...
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How should I ask users for their location and preferences?

I am building a website (non-commerce) that relies heavily on user's location and user's preferences. Think of it as a map where you want to see where your friends are, closest events you might ...
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Common pattern for “multiple fields, at least one required”

Clearly the asterisk is a popular web standard for identifying unconditionally required fields. But what if any one field out of several is required? For example, there are separate fields for home ...
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Parent Record Data Lists Always Visible or Only When Needed?

I am rebuilding the interface for my band's web site. Currently, I have all main-level navigation in one, horizontal list. However, the navigation leads to some pages that have a defined hierarchy. ...
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Need advice - how can we improve process of uploading photos and videos that verify user's profile?

I really need your advice - we have a dating feature on site, where people can verify their profiles uploading photos or videos with their usernames and name of site. The problem is that 80-90% of ...
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Is it good UX practice to have a website generate a password for the user?

Is it good UX practice to have a site generate secure random passwords for users and send it to their email or is it better to have them enter their own one each time?
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Studies showing that the more form fields there are the less conversions you will get

Same old story really; another client is requesting that they need x number of fields on their Contact Us form, and no amount of explaining that less=more will suffice without providing objective ...
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Does the average user understand the standard HTML multiple select box?

If I want the user to select one or more items the HTML symantecally correct form element would be <select multiple>. So the code would be: <select multiple id="sel"> ...
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Best prototyping tool for form layout/order that caters for non-ux people? [closed]

I am creating a job vacancy form that has quite a lot of required fields. I need to collaborate with my boss (a non ux type) who is working remotely. At the moment, the only standalone tools that we ...
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What is the best way to display a form with OneToMany fields?

Imagine a form that asks the user to create his blog. This form asks for the name, description and some others info about his blog. Then, the user can select 0:n people he wants to manage his blog. ...
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Where to place buttons on forms in a desktop application?

When you have a desktop application in which a user is editing records (and performing other operations on records), where is the ideal location to place the buttons for those operations? I have in ...
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Title for a URL of source/upload field?

I want to ask people for a logo, not using to much space. The solution i'm using is to have an input text field where you can type in/paste the URL of a logo you may have it on server and a button at ...
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When to change wording in an existing system

We're adding to our Wordpress site a forum called simple-press, and are tweaking the UI and the UX a little. One of the things that our designer wants to change is the wording on the submit button on ...
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Hide or disable form options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don't hide or disable menu items? On a create/edit form, where the options available to the end user will depend on their previous input, in order to give the user ...
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Should Dialogs be avoided in modern applications?

I have used a few dialogs on the last system I designed. The application was a business application with many database tables and I used many datagrids to show data. It was common that I placed a ...
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For online HTML based quiz question forms with single answers vs multiple answers, should I use radio button or checkbox?

If there is only one correct answer, I could use radio buttons. If there are multiple correct answers, checkboxes. However, since it's a quiz and not an information gathering form or survey, I could ...
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How many items in a web form drop down is too many?

A colleague and I were discussing usability and drop downs and we wanted to know: Is there a best practice or rule-of-thumb for how many items in a web form drop down (select) is too many? At what ...
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Usability of Ctrl + Enter Submitting of Forms

In my web app I want to give the possibility of submitting every form with Ctrl + Enter shortcut. What is better: submit the form with keyboard only when one of the fields of this form is focused ...
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What's a clean way to implement two checkboxes that can be “ANDed” or “ORed”?

I have a pretty standard search form on a web site that will return records based on various criteria. Let's assume each record corresponds with a person. A person can have a dog, a car, neither, or ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of multi-window functionality vs single-window functionality?

I am considering porting a windows application to a web application for one of my clients. The windows application is an MDI app (multiple forms open at once), but obviously the web app would be much ...
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Repeated Combo box for data entry or single list?

I have a desktop app form with a repeater control. It is a list of bank transactions that do a poor job of identifying the associated customer. Someone needs to assign the customer to each ...
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Is text-transform uppercase frustrating when used in input form fields

I have a field in a form where the entered data is usually presented all uppercase. It's a field for a person's code that is similar to a Social Security Number with the difference that it also ...
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Which is the best design practice for edit data in RIA?

Which is the best design practice for edit data in RIA, for example in Flex or Silverlight? I would like to show customer's details, but there will be an edit window, than the datas of customer will ...
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Is my conditional multi-select efficient and user friendly ? How can I improve it?

I'm facing some difficulties with a multi-select. I'd like the user to link a documentation to one or more categories. The catch is that there are some sub-categories and they only appear if the user ...
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Right-Click menu awareness on Web Application

The web application I am building has a custom right-click menu. I'm concerned that the user might not find this menu as normally right-clicking will only display the default browser's menu. Is there ...
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Should label and field be separated with colon?

When you have a form with fields and captions for these fields, should you do it like that: Field1: [ ] Field2: [ ] or like that: Field1 [ ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...
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Radio Button Best Practices (Answer Limit)

From a "Best Practices" perspective, is it better UX design to ask 1 question with a set of 4 radio buttons, 2 questions with a set of 2 radio buttons each, or is this really just splitting hairs? ...
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How do you indicate progress to users in a multi-step form?

What do you think of the following form design which I've prepared? there's a progress bar in the top on the right side the steps are listed, and every time the current state is indicated by ...
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What is the best UI for multi-selecting from a list?

We have a web form and one of the fields is a multi -elect list. Our options are: List of checkboxes Listview (select box but allowing multi select) Both seem to be a bit ugly and unweildy when ...
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How Best to Add Lots of Tabular Items To a Form Before Submissions

I need to create a form for which salesmen (or women) register what products they sold and on what day they sold them. They can enter multiple products per claim form. The idea for how they add items ...
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Why will you choose to use 'Check Box' instead of 'Option List' for two options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How Yes or No Questions Should be Represented in Forms This is a usability query. Suppose you only have two options you want a user to pick, are there any design ...
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While designing web forms, should the buttons be left-aligned or right-aligned? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the OK/Cancel buttons be aligned right or centered? For greater usability, how should buttons be aligned at the end of input-forms?