Recommended practices published by an OEM, government, or other organization (e.g. Apple Human Interface Guidelines)

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How to design an IDE?

I am looking for professional advice including blogs and papers on how to design scalable Integrated Developement Environments (IDEs) and different approaches to it. By scalable I mean that the IDE ...
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Is there a standard “to left justify text and right justify numeric values.”

I'm being told by an experienced BA (> 25 years) that "Numeric numbers are usually totaled therefore should be right justified." And that text should always be left justified. I have never heard ...
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Bland shades of grey application

I'm going to be working on enhancements to an existing desktop application, however, it's basically different shades of grey with some dark blue-grey. There are some icons with some color and that is ...
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Setting safe defaults for user interface configuration by client

I am currently a consultant working for a software development company who is building an application for their client. The dev company feels that every aspect of the ui should be customize-able, ...
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What knowledge about GUI standards/design a test analyst should have?

I am a software tester who works on a newly developing software product. Sometimes I feel the GUIs are not very user friendly but could not justify as I do not have enough facts/knowledge on GUI ...
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Should we always make every Link/Button atleast 44X44 size in Mobile site, According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines?

According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines The comfortable minimum size of tappable UI elements is 44 x 44 points. Should we follow this rule for Every link on Mobile Website for better ...
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Displaying information in a dashboard: Advice or references

I have to design a dashboard for managers who need to report to their managers on their areas of responsibility. In the past I have just put counts and line charts over time of what they are ...
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How to let the user add and edit items in a ComboBox? (WinForms)

In my WinForms application there is a ComboBox with default values. The user should be able to add items to the ComboBox or rename existing items. I want the design to be simplistic. This was my ...
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What is a good web page resolution to design for? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Common screen resolution in 2011? What would be a good web page resolution to design for? I currently work according to 1024px wide resolution screens. and create UIs ...
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What is the significance of the three dots “…” on menus and buttons and how to use them right?

Adding three dots after the title of items in a dropdown menu seems to be a common practice (as you can see on the picture of a drop down menu in Google Chrome). They generaly mean that there is ...
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How to mark required (and optional) fields in a form where some fields are NOT editable?

I have a form showing properties of an entity in a web app: some of the fields in the form are read-only and some are editable. Within the editable fields, some are required to be filled with a value ...
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Why might right aligned field labels be better?

For the longest time, I've used left-aligned labels in my forms, like this: I did this because I thought having the labels left aligned made it easier for readers to scan the list of labels. ...
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What is the standard convention for ordering On/Off buttons?

I am working on a Windows application that has a set of On/Off radio buttons, specifically "Low Power" and "Normal". I have arranged them so that the Low Power button comes first, and the Normal ...
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Back button on iPhone

There is an opinion that in iPhone apps, there's no point in placing the Back button on screens that are directly accessible via the main navigation menu (at the bottom) - because the button just ...
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Where to place the login panel?

The following Screens is taken from the most popular websites.what is the best practices for login panel. (right, left, cennter). wordpress display login panel in center while yahoo google and ...
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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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A Better alternative to display Hierarchical Data than using TreeView

I am a ASP.net Developer and am looking out for other alternatives to Treeview control. Reason behind is shipping too much of viewstate information for each request. Functionality of treeview would be ...
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What are best practices when designing a left-hand navigation element?

There are many CMS and other web application that sometimes require a left-hand navigation area which provide a way for the user to access additional resource in that specific area. This is not a ...
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In which cases does it make sense to use an explanatory video on a homepage?

I am a junior designer and I working on a web service's site design. I am not sure what should I place at the homepage i.e.: Some services like dropbox and readability have a quick video tour which ...
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Nagging the user with double message box for something that is important.

When our software is installed, it installs some networking components. It may run fine immediately after the install, but chances are that some applications won't be able to talk to the network until ...
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Resources for learning Gestalt principles

I've seen the Gestalt principles or laws referenced often when it comes to graphic design and even UI and UX. Is there some definitive guide, book or original research about this subject that I can ...
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Where can I find style guide for metro UI for web applications?

I am interested in the Metro UI that microsoft has used for windows phone 7 for web. I see that their site microsoft.com has been done with metro UI recently. I am looking for a style guide and ...
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What factors should I consider when [re]designing a home page / home screen?

I've been considering redesigning the home screen for the next release in a desktop application I'm responsible for. This could probably be thought of as a brand-new design, since I have virtually no ...
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Is there any UX guidelines to be considered for Android desktop widgets?

While designing an android desktop widget is there as UX guidelines to be followed? what are the steps to be taken care while designing an widget?
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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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Showing extra information for a table row when that row's selected

In the app I'm developing, we have a table/list that makes use of a kind of master/details approach; when you select a row in the main table, a second table below it is populated with 'child' items. ...
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Best way to convince a decision maker on UX approach.

What is the best possible strategy to convince a stakeholder to adopt a new approach when they seem to hold on to a particular idea which is more generic. What I would like to hear are the best ways ...
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Why do programs ask the user to configure auto-update when first run?

Yesterday, I was installing F.lux on my Mac (cool-looking program by the way), and when I ran it, it asked me if I wanted the program to automatically update. How am I (or any average user) supposed ...
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UX Organisation

I was just wondering if there are any organisations or groups which monitor or provide insight into User eXperience, such as the W3C for the World Wide Web, or the IEEE? Although they are not creators ...
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UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
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Where can I find an official or recommended Windows desktop application user interface usability and style guide?

I've heard there is a OSX User Interface Usability and Style Guide since the 90's. I never heard of an equivalent book for Windows. Is there any?
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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Desktop software design patterns

There are a lot of resources on the web about web applications design patterns, but only a few about desktop applications. And this is quite strange as most of the business targeted software is ...
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Guidelines for representing sentinel values within a list

I'm curious if anybody can point me to a list of guidelines (preferable regarding Windows Development UI design) that may help layout rules which to follow when representing sentinel or special values ...
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Blank slate invitations - best practices

Blank slate invitations (a term taken from the book Designing Web Interfaces) are inline invitations/instructions on how to interact with the UI - primarily aimed at novice users. That is, e.g., when ...
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Two step selection in windows phone 7

How to display this two step selection dialog in a native way in WP7: States (in my case approximately 40 entries) Cities (in my case 1-15 entries) Here are my thoughts I want to discuss with you ...
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Does anyone have any good examples of a Heuristic Evaluation report? [closed]

Looking for something that is well laid out & easy to read.
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How does one create Website UI guidelines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did you create design guidelines for your organization? What points do you need to consider while writing the UI guidelines for a website. How much in depth should ...
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How did you create design guidelines for your organization?

As a newly hired UX specialist, I'm planning to create design guidelines for developers and QA testers in my organization. The problem is I'm not sure what's the best way to approach this. Shall I ...
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Using slider component as video's trackbar and volume control

Do you guys think it is ok (usability wise) to use the same slider component design as video trackbar and volume control?
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What are common keyboard shortcuts for WYSIWYG form/report generators?

I'm re-writing a program I wrote right out of college, now I know a lot more about the programming language, but I'm not too up on common design issues and I don't want to leave anything out this ...
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guidelines for creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets?

Does anyone know any guidelines in creating interactive visualisations for the exploration of datasets? I can find lots of material on why particular instances are good or bad, but the actual design ...
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...
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hiring a web designer: design task

I need to hire a web designer. How do I test his creativity and skills before I hire him. Ideally I'd like to give him a fairly open-ended task i.e. I give him a problem statement and ask him to ...
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Guidelines for autocomplete widgets

What guidelines exist when working with autocomplete widgets? I'm hoping for general guidelines that apply across different application types: web, desktop, and mobile. A response to a Search as you ...
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Documents similar to Microsoft's guide on creating the best user experience

For several years, I've refered back to Microsoft's best user experience guide document but I'm starting to think that by just using one guide as my, uh, guide, I may be narrowing my horizons a ...
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Is red text ever acceptable for use in non-error content?

I've always gone by the rule that red text should only be used in displaying error messages. Can anyone show me any usability blog/book excerpts that prove or disprove this rule? What are your own ...
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How should I interview UI and IA job applicants?

I'm a programmer who knows enough about UI/IA to sound convincing and cares enough to want to hire someone who actually knows what they are doing. Interviewing programmers is easy - they go on and on ...
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What guidelines exist for designing UIs?

UI guidelines can be helpful to provide rules-of-thumb, or at least remind you of things to think about when designing a UI. What sets of guidelines exist?
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Font sizes for WCAG2.0 AAA

Anyone know what the WCAG2.0 definition of 'Normal' and 'Large' fonts are, as they relate to the AA and AAA levels? I've googled and read the WCAG site and docs but unless I'm being really stupid ...