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How to use the “help” cursor property?

The W3C allows different CSS cursor properties. Some of them are really common, and I think a majority of users understand them because they saw them per default on any website (text when the text ...
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Best position of a help icon in textarea

What is the best position of a help icon in a textarea? here is my idea but this position could have a chance that the user will already be done typing in their text before seeing this icon. ...
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Designing for users of different skill levels and experience

I came across the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition while searching elsewhere on StackExchange, and I thought it would be a useful approach to designing the help and instructional information for ...
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Is it reasonable to expect users to know the F1 short-cut to access help

I am creating some in-line help documentation for my software and I was wondering whether it is reasonable to expect that the user knows that pressing the F1 key will allow them to access this help, ...
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How to show help for future topics?

We have a long-established application which has, over the years, included more and more commands (some of which are contradictory) with the consequence that users now find it very hard to create the ...
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help videos effectiveness

when designing interfaces we are constantly struggling to make our product intuitive and very often, as soon as things get a bit stuck, people suggest "No problem, let's just insert a 30-second video ...
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Helptext area vs Help “Tool Tip” icons on click

In our applications, the users are going through plenty of screens filling out form fields and selecting various options from dropdowns, radio buttons, etc. Because of this, we currently house one ...
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What are users attitudes towards help buttons

I was wondering, given the wealth of awful help menus foisted on us by various services, whether actually describing the manual area of your application as 'help' was a good idea or not. Do users ...
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Float Label Pattern for Select Boxes

I'm sure you've all come across this pattern, does anyone know whether there is any documentation that can provide information on how this pattern can be used with other form elements for example a ...
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Ideal design for large form [closed]

In my current project I'm working with a lot of large forms. Below is an example of one of them. In trying to keep it clean and make use of the available space the following layout has been suggested. ...
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Which is more usable FAQ or Help documentation?

Which is more usable FAQ or Help documentation for web services? I need to provide contextual help content for each page within the service. Also same content will be re-used in websites. In my ...
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What is the preferred way of creating a help section for applications?

I'm wondering if there is a modern and preferred approach of the manual format from the standpoint of users. I thought about making a CHM file but my manager told me that feels very "Windows 98ish" ...
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Providing two versions of --help

I'm thinking of providing two versions of help message for my command-line programs (cmd --help). The first one is the short version and the one users consult more often, mostly for examples and the ...
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“Click to Enlarge Image” help text

I was asked to add "click to enlarge image" helper text to an photo gallery and to stand-alone images, and it got me thinking as to whether or not this is an intuitive action. I personally assume at ...
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How to introduce a new interaction style without using a help guide? [closed]

I wish to explore new design concepts in an application which break the traditional WIMP desktop metaphor. How can I guide the user through an app like this without using a manual?
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Examples of online help for hands-on physical hardware components rather than software? [closed]

Almost all online help (OLH) "best practices" and solutions seem designed exclusively for software and assume that the tasks will be performed directly on a computer. Now, what about help for field ...
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Are there any standards on when to use placeholder text vs. tooltips?

To assist an user entering some data in an <input> field, we're planning to provide tooltips and placeholder. Wanted to understand the guidelines and standards on 'when' to use placeholder vs. ...
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How can I display multiple forms and lot of important form information on an Android application?

In my app, one of the main feature is to complete 'forms'. One form contains a lot of read-only information, described by the following mockup. On this UI everything is read-only: Titles ...
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how should help text be written

I have a fairly large CRM-type Sass application for which I writing the help section. I'm wondering how should the help be best written: 1) When you press the blue button, you will do something cool ...
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Where should placed inline documentation/description for Web-based project?

I develop statical finance Web-based software and want to place a description of what histogram or table or chart was shown. Some charts have complicated calculation logic behind them, so user may ...
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A use case for popups?

I had always believed that popups, opening in new browser windows, were bad practice for various reasons including: Breaking the flow, bad for accessibility, potential to hide content etc. While ...
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When should you start working on help documentation on a large project?

I'm involved in a massive project that is turning 70+ antiquated systems into one system for a large company. The whole team and the executives at the company realize that this is a huge undertaking ...
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How many clicks are too many? [duplicate]

We design a Help window for a mobile application. Ideally, how many clicks should be there before user reach the Help.
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Dynamic help on an already cluttered screen [closed]

One part of our application is providing an analytical display of data on different parts of customer's website, this is achieved by using layover tiles that expand with data on rollover. We would ...
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Why F1 is the default help key?

Why F1 is the default function key of the keyboard used by many applications/operative systems to show help information to the user?
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How to lay out a screen with dozens of fields and have help for each

We have a screen that has a form that gathers a lot of input. Many of the terms and questions are confusing so we have help for them. We are trying to put a little (?) help icon for each line. We ...
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Does an “Other” category on a Help page have any value?

When designing a Help page or FAQ that is broken down into categories, is a category titled "Other" useful, or does it indicate a poor information architecture? Sometimes there are truly items that ...
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Best way to communicate an abstract app concept such as a 'workspace' to users

The issue I'm struggling with is fairly specific, but it touches on a general UX topic, which is how to help users grasp some abstract app concept, such as some information organization or structuring ...
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Help needed in case of designing a site for Hospital [closed]

I've been assigned to re-design a hospital site. Here is the link for the site. lrh.gov Now my question is what flaws does this site has, what things should i consider before building this sort of ...
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How Many Screenshots Are Too Many

At what point am I offering too many screenshots? I am working a redesign of my company's help guides - these guides are mostly centered around our hosted mail services. How to set up Outlook, set up ...
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Tooltips to shorten your content

At my job there is no UX expert, which can be frustrating since most of the daily discussions I have with colleagues is about user experience / interaction. Right now there is a discussion regarding ...
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Context sensitive help - making sure they use it

I want to add a context-sensitive help to my interface. It's a complex of numerous screens and data fields, intended for the trained enterprise user. Following this question and this one about why ...
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Form prompts inside form fields always wrong?

I've noticed in the edit-profile form on UX Stack Exchange a weird prompt with an important message - the date format. Personally I would consider it terribly wrong (force to memorize data format, ...
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What happened to “What's this?” help?

"What's this?" help or context-sensitive help* used to be commonplace in Windows applications a few years ago. Dialog windows had an additional "?" button in the top right, that when clicked, gave you ...
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Best practices or resources about online assessment

I have a project to deliver an online assessment of a large number of users. The assessment is for a psychological research project, so the content is mostly self-description asked in a variety of ...
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Should your Help section have questions or topics?

Which is more user friendly? Organizing your Help section with popular phrased questions or topics? Clear topics are easier to scan whereas with popular phrased questions you have a chance to match ...
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Where is the best place to put example input for a form? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should form instructions or hints be placed? Which of the following is the best place for the example (e.g. 12345) on long/short/busy/simple forms? (...and why?) ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a ...
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CVV “What is this?” help dialog - still necessary?

Many online shopping carts have a "What is this?" help dialog attached to a CVV input field. Here is an example from Paypal: My assumption is that more people are familiar with online shopping, ...
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Where should the contact us link be placed in an Ecommerce site?

I just finished designing an Ecommerce site and the in the site design, I put the contact us link in the header as given below: The feedback I got was that they would like to add an additional link ...
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Currently designing a “Help” page, what would be considered too-much help to see on one page?

The page for "help" within the site is designed well. The site totals about 40 questions, which has been reduced down from 86. My objective is to simplify the user experience for viewing/navigating ...
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What is the value of FAQs on a product website?

I am re-designing a product site, and the client insists on having a FAQs section. I originally placed it in an area of low prominence on the site, but now the client is questioning it. What is the ...
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In a web app, how do I give explanatory text?

In our web app, I need to explain some information that is useful, but is not the most important part of the app. I'm interested in the best way to do this. To give a concrete example, I have a list ...
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Where should form instructions or hints be placed?

I was browsing Forrst and came about a screenshot of a form designed with Twitter Bootstrap that had the label on the left, the input field on the right, and the instruction that it's required under ...
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What method can be used to inform the user of different levels of assistance that a service offers?

I am building a comparison shopping site for payroll processing. There are two aspects of payroll processing that differ across different providers: Tax Form Filing and Tax Payments. For each of the ...
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Why is embedded help not popular?

I'm wondering why modern help systems are more passive than active? For example, each good guide through something look like this: So why we don't see this directly on website (service provider), ...
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How to walk the user through a complicated UI on a small iPhone screen?

I've been building and building and ended up with an app that I now need to educate the user on first use. It is a very "sophisticated" and quick icon generator for programmers. My app has up to 16 ...
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Best uses of ? (help) and i (information) icons in UI

What are the best standards of usage for the help and information icons? (I'm unable to post an image because I am a new user, but the icons are either a ? or an i in a circle, most commonly) The ...
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Help panels inside application

Are there good UX reasons for not putting a "help panel" within a web application? (one that can be shown or hidden). Most applications open help in a different browser tab. I'm thinking of just ...
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Is the “Help” feature really helping?

Almost all apps/sites have a feature 'help' regardless of type and subject of the app/site. I have rarely seen people using the same for their benefit. I would want to know if it's worth putting the ...