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Visually show “Content cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "Content cannot be mapped to the desired location" on my UI. Refer to the image attached above, user can drag and drop a file to the rectangular areas defined but not ...
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Is it better to have links open in the same window, or a new window? [duplicate]

Are there best practices around when it's ok to open links into a new tab and when it's best not to?
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Is the ELMER form design guidelines still current? Any other good government guidelines out there?

I came across the ELMER form design guidelines published by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, which gives a pretty comprehensive and reasonably well documented set of guidelines for the ...
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Who established space as a pause button?

Title is pretty much self-explanatory, which application did establish space as a pause button in media players in general?
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User options - selecting the right control based on the number of options available

I have a user interface that allows the user to select the view they want to see their data by. At first there were only 2 options so I used radio buttons. But the client has been adding options and ...
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Ui guide lines for disabling controls?

In my application I am disabling some controls depending on some checkbox state .Basically the controls consists of textboxes and labels.Currently I am disabling only the textfield so I want to know ...
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Anatomy of a UI Elements?

Where can I find documentation on the anatomy of UI elements, such as: Button: label, hit space Scroll Bars: track, thumb, up / down arrows Progress Bars: track, progress Slider: track, thumb etc. ...
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Best practice for representing iOS system apps (Settings or Messages) in your app's UI

In the app we're currently developing, part of the work flow involves redirection to the Settings app and the Messages systems apps (don't get me started on the UX of that. I've tried...). Anyway, ...
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Paging and Bookmarking

Lets say I have blog and I keep on adding Posts. So on day 1 it will show 5 posts on page 1 and someone bookmarks it. Next day I add 10 more post and someone opens the bookmark. They see completely ...
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Icon for Appending a file after existing file

I am designing an editor. On my UI, there is an icon for importing a file. When user opens the editor and clicks on “Import” icon, that file is opened in editor. Now I want that if user clicks ...
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Animating items as they come into view

What are the good usability and UX guidelines when considering animating elements when you scroll down the page and they come into view? For example, this template - ...
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Is there a UX practitioner's code of conduct/ethics guide?

Often in our line of work we are asked to do things that do not serve the user's benefit and are not in line with UX design best practices, but is there a specific line that we should not cross as UX ...
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Which keyboard shortcuts to chose on cross-platform software?

I've joined a team of devs working on an open source software project which is supposed to run accross multiple platfroms (Windows, Mac, Linux, ...). I'm assigned to a task which includes reviewing ...
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User Interface Style Guides: Component Base vs Screen Based

We are in the process of updating some of our creative processes and outputs within our company and one of the items we have been experimenting with is the way we generate our UI Style Guide for the ...
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Opting In/Out Error Handling in Mobile

Designing a settings screen in an app, which involve user opting in or out of marketing from app and/or website and sync across devices. The issue I am having is handling an error if the user opts out ...
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Is there a webdesign guideline to add dates to web pages?

It seems like whenever I visit a website whether it's a tutorial, or article, etc, they rarely write the date, which makes you wonder if it's 1 year old or 10 year old, especially if it's software ...
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What is the touchable trigger distance for iOS7's back gesture?

One of the screens in my app has progress slider with draggable handle. Currently this conflicts with the iOS 7 back navigation swipe gesture from left edge of the screen. You can't select the handle ...
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Is there a set of underlying UX rules that guide your work? [closed]

As a programmer I find that a very useful set of rules for my daily work is the Zen of Python, a set of basic guidelines that helped me to develop a sense of taste and that became the foundation for ...
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What UX guidelines should one keep in mind when designing the GUI for a automobile center stack/console?

Desgining the UI for a center stack (100% touchscreen), still in the wireframe stages. However, when mocking up the home screen, it dawned on me I don't know much about UX (I do mostly backend work, ...
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Correct window dimensions

Update: Just to clarify that this question is not about imitating the OS but more about what the ideal dimensions should be, especially when they seem so random natively. I am building an application ...
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Android pattern of left aligning in action bar

The design guideline for Android action bars is to left align the text or branding of the app, as opposed to center alignment in iOS. Other than the fact that it increases familiarity with other ...
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I have a link that lets the user add, delete, modify elements. What should I call this link?

I have this link that opens a modal popup where the user can add, modify and delete elements. This link was formerly called "Add/Modify/Delete element". This label is used repeatedly through my ...
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Understanding the visual effects of monitor change

Visual cues that appear very clearly defined on one monitor can appear so differently on a different monitor that they no longer work well. For instance, borders that are clear, or distinctions in ...
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Where to place a single setting?

I'm working on an Android app which, for the moment, only has a single setting. It fits all the android guidelines requirements for "make it a setting". Should I follow the guidelines and make an ...
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Android - UX design conventions concerning “Cancel” and “Done” buttons

How should I display "Cancel" and "Done" buttons in an Android app, or should I even display a "Cancel" button in the first place since the hardware back button (or the action bar's up-navigation) ...
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Color Combination

I am trying to create a webpage and I don't know much about UX. I am quite confused about the colour combination of text. Like here(in the picture) I used two different colours for the Title and Tag ...
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How to structure UI dependent on onscreen keyboards?

We are developing a Windows 8 tablet application but this should be applicable to every tablet OS. There are several textboxes which open up the onscreen keyboard when they get focus. In most cases ...
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Up navigation android app

I am now designing an android app, with tab navigation between three activities, where I need to decide how to handle up navigation between different views. Each of these three activities, can lead to ...
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Android mobile app design conventions [closed]

I'm currently designing UI/UX of a mobile app for android. I'm now stuck with not knowing where to start. Are there any layout, aligning style conventions for android design like in IOS? I have looked ...
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Should I use a dropdown with only one item if in future this control might have more options?

We have a drop down selection that will only have 1 option. In the future this drop down may expand for some and not for others. Would it be better to develop it now as a drop down knowing that this ...
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Does the file input type provide a reasonable call to action?

I have a use case where a user wants to convert a text file, from one format to another. This may however not always be the same user, effectively anyone could be left instructions telling them. ...
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How detailed can/should I go with the Android OS in terms of design? [closed]

I am working on designing my very first Android app for tablets and I wanted to know what all should I know before even opening PS or other programs to design? The current app that I'm redesigning ...
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Mock-ups for each device, or just one global one?

I'm new in user experience design. Now I started working on my first app idea, it is really interesting. I want to make this application for 3 main platforms right now. If it gets positive responses, ...
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Should large (wide) numbers be truncated differently than text?

Usually, when we have to display a text and we do not have enough space to display the whole text, it can be truncated and this could be indicated by an ellipsis. See for example this question: ...
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Standardizing button naming in a website

I am trying to determine how to name buttons in a global element document: There are two types of scenarios where buttons are used: (1) User submits a request and (2) Approver approves or rejects ...
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Should content be left aligned or right aligned in a table that contains a mix of text and numbers?

I have many tables within a site that have a mixture of both numeric values of all types (currency, integers, etc) and columns that contain text. What is the guidelines or standards for alignment? ...
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Menu drawer placement in mobile [duplicate]

I'm designing a navigation menu for a complex architecture on a mobile device and I am curious if there is a rule that the menu drawer icon (aka hamburger icon) should be placed on the left? I am ...
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How can I write a UI guideline for website? [closed]

How can I write a UI guideline for website? How many things should it include?Have anyone got example?
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What are best practices for blocking UI when application is busy

I'm writing a web app using Twitter Bootstrap with PHP on server side. My app makes regular ajax requests via jQuery and i want to disable certain parts of the UI until the server completes processing ...
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Should Ribbon be used on the web?

I'm designing a web application which has a large number of commands and customizations, with many more to come in the future. I've read a number of things on usage of the ribbon, from MS's ...
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Best Practice when dealing with long user first names in UI

For the app I am currently developing, I have a vertical navbar which contains the main menus required for the user. One of the menus is for User Admin, which is a profile picture with the User's ...
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Guidelines for designing usability for Japanese elderly

I'm currently working on a Japanese website (all in Japanese) aimed towards Japanese users age ranging from 50+. It's not a traffic heavy website and it's just mostly text and information with a ...
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Alternate UI Pattern for slider

I am designing tablet form where i have to capture term of investment for a deposit. Currently, i have designed a typical slider component but we have some technical limitation due to which we are not ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications? [duplicate]

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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User interface for uploading, verifying, and importing data into database

A common task in many applications is when an end user, and not necessarily a power user, has to upload and import a spreadsheet of data (.csv or .xls) from an external source so that the external ...
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how to implement a style guide for a team of 2-4

I am reading Lean UX right now, and there is an idea inside I have never read before. It is about style guide. I would like to implement that but with as small a foot print as possible for the ...
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Difference between UI and Visual Design/Style Guide?

From looking at some of the style guide for web applications that are available, there is a distinction made between the visual (icons, colours, logos, etc) and UI (look and feel of user interface ...
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Is the back button in Windows 8 apps purely chronological?

The back button is ubiquitous in Windows 8 ("Metro") apps. What exactly is its meaning? The Microsoft apps I have seen and the Visual Studio page templates use the button in a chronological manner ...
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Is it OK to use 'free' in a tax subtotal?

we are designing a checkout page and in the subtotals area we have a breakout for tax, shipping and discounts. We use the term 'free' rather than '0.00'. So, for example: Subtotal: $140.00 Tax: ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...