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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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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 ...
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Should a mobile media app lower volume or pause?

When designing mobile media apps (specifically audio-only ones), what should they do when a notification comes in and phone volume is on? I noticed two different behaviors on my phone - Spotify will ...
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When is it appropriate to split functionality into separate apps?

I'm a designer and my company has a single app that serves two different types of user. One group is the general public, who uses the app to navigate big events (e.g. annual user group meeting ...
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Should I follow the Android guideline or keep my app's own style when porting it from iOS?

My new project is to port an iOS app to Android platform. Before get started, I'm quite confused on whether I should follow google's guideline since some big titles on Android platform still keep the ...
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Guidelines on Pamphlet design to stop people from ignoring it

I have found that people tend to ignore reading a pamphlet which is distributed on a road side. How can one ensure in terms of design and strategy that people read and most importantly understand ...
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Navigation Design for GoogleTV

I'm doing some research on ways to navigate on a GoogleTV. There aren't any design guidelines, but it seems a Left Menu Bar design, like the GTv YouTube app, is common use. In my opinion it doesn't ...
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Are there any special design guidelines for big touch screens (30–50 inch)?

I'm about to develop an application for a large touch screen (around 40″). Now to my question, are there any special design guidelines for such a large screen? I have read Android/iOS/Windows RT ...
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How to study competitive/equivalent interfaces efficiently?

Before starting designing a new interface, I usually study equivalent/competitive UIs to come up with some ideas in terms of functionalities and layout. I would like to conduct this kind of study in ...
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Hide controls by default?

This question might be too general but its bugging me a lot. If you look at the screenshot below: Maybe J have been sending emails for too long, but I expected the 'CC' and 'BCC' fields to be ...
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What kinds of sites should I focus on for a “new look and concept” redesign, and how much of a regular UX process should I follow?

On Behance, I've seen many "new look and concept" redesigns such as this one for Facebook and this one for Wikipedia. The gist of one of these projects is that you ask yourself, "If I could redesign ...
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Show more information from a table row

I have a Table which contains some basic information for a Product. Upon clicking a row, I wish to show more information (on the same page) for that product where a user can edit certain information. ...
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How do I justify a “friendly view” when a department head is adding “table view” as a requirement?

So in the web app I'm currently working on, I need to display a list of objects. I opted for a "friendly" view, with each object being a div. StackExchange's question list layout is actually a good ...
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Are there any examples of certain website (or mobile app) UX analysis?

Having business requirements from stakeholders, I want to present UX analysis for a website. The problem is that I haven`t seen guidelines and structure how to do this. Any way, example in PDF, PPT, ...
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Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?

Does it matter to the user if the application has 70-80 screens as long as all the functionality are provided? Does it depend on the platform, e.g. Handheld devices vs Desktop ? Is there a limit on ...
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Numeric data input in a web based scientific software

(Note: I'm more a backend developer, so please forgive my lack of UX terminologies. Don't hesitate to edit the text or the tags) We are working on an online scientific software with specific ...
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Guidelines for cross-platform applications?

Most of the window managers out there have their own guidelines for GUIs. When building cross-platform applications, like for OSX, Ubuntu and Windows, which guidelines should I follow?
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Standards, guidelines or usability research for touch laptops?

From what I've read about CES it seems like a big upcoming trend in hardware is touch enabled laptops. And of course Microsoft's Surface device is sort of a touch enabled laptop. This is a whole new ...
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When (if ever) should links be opened in a new window?

I have seen a lot of discussion on this topic but it all seems to be opinion based without any research backing up the assumptions. It seems that there are times that it is particularly relevant to ...
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Usability concerns for managing queues of items to be worked

Here's a genericized story for an issue I'm curious about: A secure website for ACME Company has a table of thousands of widget orders in an "initial" status that need to be processed online. ...
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Recommended pixel size for labels for mobile?

In the same way that the minimum tap area for mobile should be 44px according to apples documentation, is there a recommendation for label sizes?
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Designing a marker pin for google map

A marker that is placed on a googlemap as a overlay needs to be designed so that the pin point lies exactly on the point that you specify to place it during coding. Check the example below, the ...
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What are the rules of using ellipsis on buttons

I read about the rules of using ellipsis (three dots ...) in a menu command: Indicate a command that needs additional information (including a confirmation) by adding an ellipsis at the end of ...
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How to group together blog posts/articles?

What should be the general criteria to group together blog posts/articles..?? I have just two ideas in my mind: One - To group by date of publishing.. Two - To group by category.. On what type of ...
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Speech Bubbles meaning

I am developing a toon story to illustrate my company's offerings. May be I'll use a landing page, or just create it on the home page. I have 3 actors in it, a cab driver, a bpo company owner and ...
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UI Guidelines when delivering application over Citrix

I'm after some advice regarding some guidelines to consider when deploying applications over Citrix. My company is going to be using Citrix in the near future. We have suppliers who deliver our ...
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Essential input elements of a gui toolkit

I am in a process of designing a new toolkit for mobile devices (as a part of my Master's thesis). I would like to know if there is some theoretical backgroud (researches, books, tutorials, etc...) to ...
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Usage of Popups

I am primarily a developer tasked with UI design.Please forgive my ignorance. I am developing a Form based application. There are multiple editable fields in the Form and each of these form elements ...
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Guidelines for browser page overlap?

When you press Page Down in a browser, there's usually a small number of lines from the bottom of the current windowful displayed at the top of the next windowful. The amount of this overlap is ...
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Should we use 'Title Case' or 'Sentence case' for headlines and buttons?

I am wondering if we should use Title Case or Sentence case for buttons and headings in websites and web/mobile apps? Title Case:     Sentence Case:     In Yahoo's UI ...
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Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?

I was wondering whether there are any studies around truncated labels, in case if they ever get too long and layouts can't fix it? Does it confuse users if a label is truncated with an ellipsis ...
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How can I best describe to others a sequence of actions from an application?

I want to be able to explain pepole vie email or posts here at UX stack exchage what is my current sequance of action performed in my application .. e.g. creating a division in my application. Is ...