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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"> <option>...
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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. I'...
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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 some ...
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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 (required):</...
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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 transaction....
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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?
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How Yes or No Questions Should be Represented in Forms

This question started out on the Pro Webmasters SE. See: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/q/8578/1847 I am a web developer. My designer gave me a mock-up of a web form. In it, there are several ...
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How to alert the user about action required after form submission?

I'm working with an enrollment form for a prepaid card right now. In certain situations (when the user doesn't provide a social security number) the user will need to send a copy of their ID to the ...
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How should I mark “Mandatory” and “Optional” fields in a form?

I'm making a web app and in the admin panel there is in one place a list of items where (among other things) the administrator can select which items will be mandatory for the users, and which will be ...
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Best way to handle disappearing search facets?

As part of a faceted search system I'm putting together, I have a series of checkboxes for different neighbourhoods in a city, like so: [ ] Neighbourhood 1 (50) [x] Neighbourhood 2 (40) [ ] ...
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Suggesting options without limiting input?

When designing a page for adding a new software project to a website, one of the information I want to ask is the project's license. Since most projects will probably fall under a small set of ...
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Why do you need to keep users engaged through your site?

I hope this is an appropriate forum for this topic. If not, I apologize. To rephrase the question, I am debating a new tactic that some marketers are trying to implement that goes against everything ...
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DataGridView row: Semi-transparent selection or row border on selection

I have a DataGridView where the background of each row is different depending on the data bound item. Though, when I select a row, I can no longer see its original background color. To solve this, I ...
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On date select field, should the weekday be displayed after selection ?

I have a date selection field in a reservation field. The standard popin calendar is there to help users select a date, with a the top the weekday names in short form. After the day is selected, there ...
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Is there evidence that it's unwise to have many required fields on a form?

I am looking for some confirmation.. research or article or otherwise.. that having forms with a whole host of required fields that are not strictly necessary to communicating the data/message the ...
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How to improve end user experience and data reporting in web application?

I have a decent working web application (Java/Servlet/Jsp) that I would like to improve the end user experience and what they get out of using the application. The web app captures business data ...
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Login Form Placement/Isolation

If you go to http://www.notableapp.com/, you will see that when you click the Sign In button, it takes you to a completely new page with only the login form on that page. Why did the designers ...
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How to setup UI for a program to split up the quantities in C#?

I have a list of items that will be chosen in the program and then need to separate the quantities of the number into different amounts. Here is an example: 10 pipes get separated into a set of 3 ...
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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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Should I include the month name in my select list for credit card expiration month?

When presenting a select list for the credit card expiration month on a form, is it good practice to include the month name in the select list? Or is it better to just put the month number? Any ...
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Is it bad practice to mark a field as required but not really require it?

I have a customer who wants a form on his site to collect address information but does not want to lose customers who are reluctant to give that information. Since many people are simply lazy about ...
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Why can't I use glass buttons?

I'm prototyping a new form, and it's got the 'glass' buttons on it. Several colleagues freaked out and went on rants about glass buttons being the ultimate evil. Objectively speaking, what's wrong ...
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Pros and Cons for having same form for login, register and forgotten password

I have notice some sites have the same form for login, register and forgotten password. Below the form you have 3 buttons i forgot my password register log me in What are the pros and cons on ...
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“Remember my password” and “Sign in automatically” on tablets

Is there a need to have "Remember Me" and "Sign in automatically" on mobile devices, especially for tablet based applications? Skype, Fring on iPhone/Android seems to not to have these options, ...
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Should there be a difference in the relative sizes of the buttons in a confirmation dialog?

I understand the idea behind having the more likely to be used action on a page slightly larger or in a different style in order to guide the user to it (for example having a button for save but a ...
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ui controls for asp.net [closed]

i have been using the basic toolkit that is provided with VS 2008 I am currently looking for UI control toolkit from third party. I am basically concentrating on Gridview, treeview, textboxes, ...
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How to handle inter-related dropdown choices?

I've got a form containing (among other things) 3 dropdowns, each with about 5-10 choices. The choices in these dropdowns are closely related and some of the permutations will be invalid. This also ...
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FORMS: When to use dropdowns, and when to use dynamic lists?

Interesting that I couldn't find a discussion of this already. When should we use dropdown selects, and when should we use dynamic lists (updated as you type) in web forms? My opinion: Dropdowns ...
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Best Design/Order/Layout For Mailing Address Form

Is there any standards out there when it comes to a mailing address form? I need to collect the following fields: address line 1 address line 2 city postal code (or zip) province(or state) country ...