A way for users to put information into a computer system.

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Phrasing a technical error in most clear way possible: XML config file not properly formatted

I’m developing a program for a group of scientists. The requirements are that user input will be given in the form of an XML configuration file. Also the requirements state that an XSD file will be ...
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Editing time-based data - best approach

We're currently building an application where some of the data (for legal reasons) have an extra dimension - time. For instance, we have a bunch of locations that is owned by a single company. ...
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Are users more likely to capitalize their names in name input fields?

I have a registration form where users are required to provide their first and last name. I've been contemplating implementing some sort of auto-capitalization callback but after reading this post I ...
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Should the input for a new item of a wishlist be at the top or the bottom of that list?

I was working on an idea for a public wishlist web app that a user will be able to manage: "New item" is an input field that gets focus by default. Right now when I enter "5th Item" and press Enter ...
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Need a pattern to capture multiple data sizes

Something I am struggling with: a UI for Network QoS Changes. The situation: There is a fixed maximum limit. The sum of the sub-values must not exceed this limit. Sub-values are captured as integers ...
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How to indicate insertion of a new record into table with pagination

I'm looking for a way to indicate successful addition of new record to table. I have two main elements on my page - a form used to add new records and, below, a table displaying all the existing ...
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Editing three corresponding entities on one screen (webpage)

There are three different kinds of entities, to simplify: Conditions, Actions, Targets, which needs to be connected together into triads: condition-2345 - action-5 - target-4534 And there may be ...
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Is it standard practice to indicate on the form that Caps Lock is on?

In forms where certain input fields have case sensitive input data, is it an accepted or standard practice to indicate somewhere on the form that caps lock is on? I am thinking that this concept ...
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“Typocaptcha” - an alternative to CAPTCHA?

We all hate CAPTCHAs, but to some applications they're a necessary evil. Today I wondered if there's a better alternative we just haven't thought of yet. I considered the dilemma: how do you create ...
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Hierarchical display of categories when the user is not exploring

We are making an in-house application intended for sharing know-how. It is a sensitive topic, because sharing with one's business partners makes work easier, but there are many (politically powerful) ...
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Separate console input field?

When creating a console like window, what are the advantages of: having user input in the same control as the output having separate controls for input and output windows? As I see it having ...
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Best way to communicate “tap anywhere to continue”

I have an iOS game which shows a screen every time you win or lose a game. On that screen, the user can tap anywhere to return to the gameplay screen. However, this does not seem immediately ...
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What is the best way for a user to select an item by unique identifier?

My team and I are building a mobile app where the user will need to input a human-readable unique identifier (the serial number) of a single unit of inventory. Our system tracks the serial numbers ...
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Is it a good idea to make file path edit box multi-line?

I think it might be useful to make file path edit box in my program multi line, because file paths can be quite long, and when they don't fit the user has to scroll text left and right with cursor ...
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Web version of a complex business form

I have a seen some examples of bootstrap forms that actually look like a tax/complex printed document: I seem to not be able to find it now and was curious if anyone can point me to an example or ...
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Should form inputs expand to full width on smaller viewports?

When a viewport approaches smaller sizes, my first thought is to linearize and grow each form input, giving each input a full-width. This removes the UI hinting of the larger viewport, but arguably ...
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Recording Dimensions of Boxes

I am designing an interface for an application in which operators have to enter the dimensions of boxes they are handling. They place each box on a flat surface, and then use a tape measure. This has ...
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Start/end dates automation

Let's say that a user has to enter a start date and an end date for some activity, and that activity usually requires a known (default) amount of time (period). To help the user out, let's go ahead ...
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Proper control to select a fixed (text) value or numerical value

I want users to be able to choose to run a simulation that uses either the historical return on a stock or one where they select the numerical average return across the simulations. One way to do this ...
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Complex Data Input form with random amount of fields - how to lay out

I have a need to design complex research data web input form. The specification is such, that I have about 7-10 obligatory fields (inputs, dropdowns, etc), and unspecified optional fields. Let's say ...
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Material Design experience incosistent when interfacing input forms

The past 6 months I've been slowly studying Google's Material Design guidelines. I've been involved in a number of hybrid apps during this time and have loved the concepts behind MD, it inherently ...
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Touch versus trace typing

Do you think trace typing (as provided by apps like Swype and SwiftKey, and now integrated in many smartphones UI) can replace touch typing? Any data on typing speed with this new input method? I was ...
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Is a decimal comma used in data entry?

Historically, I know that in most parts of the world decimals have been represented with a comma. 3.14 (US and Canada mostly) 3,14 (most other places) In software development, normally a period ...
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Ask users to input or just show the field

I have a website that keeps track of oranges OR apples. Is it better that I ask or just show the input. Is the green text needed? It's a 50/50 that they'll have oranges or apples, so I would need ...
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Is modifying the user input allowed?

The use case: A user is presented a form with (for simplicity) two text fields: one for inputting minutes and one for inputting seconds. The user inputs 0 minutes and 100 seconds and clicks OK. Then ...
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What is the term for a numeric input field of a specific format?

There are new HTML5 input types being defined for commonly used numeric input types such as date, time, telephone number, etc. These terms refer to a specific input format based on the type of numeric ...
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Limiting the number of edits user can make to a list

So I am working on this little chrome extension that tracks the amount of time the user spends on certain websites and helps them reduce the time they waste online. On Installation the ext. asks user ...
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When to open the keypad by default?

To give an example - in stock Android when I click on New Contact, the focus(cursor) is on the Name field and one needs to tap on the field to open the keypad. VS In some Android devices, when I ...
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Reverting selected dates in the date-picker?

I am currently working on the BI app with data reports (that are tied to financial year), and to set up a report, users have to select the time range for the desired data. The question is, when users ...
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Best design for input of solely negative numbers via numeric keypad

I'm designing an app where in one screen of the application users can input a single number (and nothing else) by use of a numeric keypad. The number may have a single decimal place. Depending on the ...
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Why do some users complete forms all in capital letters?

I have noticed what seems to me as rather strange user behaviour when completing web forms. Our system is used by solicitors and will-writers to submit client information. Sometimes, certain users use ...
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What would be a mobile friendly solution for a range slider with input controls?

I have a range slider with two input controls, each with a higher/lower button. The user should be able to make his input by sliding (fast but not accurate), typing into the inputs (average speed, ...
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Any guidelines / ideas for UX requiring LOTS of user input (applications)?

I'm working on designing an app that's essentially a lengthy application process that requires a user to provide and verify a lot of information about themselves. A lot is already imported through ...
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Should I limit inputable characters in an internationalized multiplatform app?

Suppose I am releasing a mobile app and website and make it available to English-speaking and non-English speaking users. We already support UTF8 encoding throughout our technical stack. However, is ...
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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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Which input control is recommended for a large value range?

I'm working on a web app that allows the user to enter a timing value in a range from 0s to 1s with a step of 200ns (yes, nanoseconds). I tried that with an input of type range (slider) but that's ...
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What is the best way to mine the user's well-being, recent activity, and other useful info

In a Mobile APP, what are the best practices for mining the user's well being ( how are you feeling, does it hurt here, and here ? ), recent activity ( when were you last physically active and what ...
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Sollution for user's location input?

So I have a form with two inputs. The first one is for a product search and another for choosing its location - city. As I'm predicting, 80 percents of the time, the location will be user's current ...
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Mobile Input: Numbers and Letters

First some context, I'm building an application that will be used by professionals working on cars. Each time they do this they are required to fill out a form, the goal of our mobile app is do to ...
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Should dates be displayed with a time entry?

I'm working on a project where there are numerous time entries for a given a record. The times are stored in the database as timestamp, however for display and editing it's clutter to display the ...
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Should I require user verification before publishing article?

I am currently developing a website that's all about used written content. Users write columns that will be available on the website, thus giving them a place to be read. In the old version of my ...
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Is it appropriate or wise to merge two similar search inputs together?

I have an application team that is building a simple search component in which there are two fields. Both accept a number only value that represents primary keys in two different tables. Would it be ...
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Designing a Geographic Form with Multiple Input Fields

I have a form that allows the user to input their geographic origin. The origin is broken down into 4 specific categories: City, State, Province, Country. The province input field would apply more ...
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Multiple vs single field capture for phone number form input

Working on a form dealing with phone numbers, I've seen two methods to capture user input . In past practices example 2 (image below) has proved effective in controlling phone number lengths on ...
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How to handle default inputs than can be overruled?

Here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while... Consider the following 2 input forms (don't worry, these are just mockups, not real screenshots). When the user opens the forms, all ...
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How to show recommended fields in the form

I'm working on a form where fields are marked as required, optional and recommended. Since the form elements(inputs) are totally controlled by CMS, we cant separate them into three category. Even the ...
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Mandatory field without default value

While designing a GUI, on the form where I am administering the users, when I add a user I want to be able to select the role among 3 choices and I want the administrator to make a choice. So I ...
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Field that doesn't allow spaces - giving correct feedback

On our mobile app's login screen we have three fields, the last of which is used to build up a URL. Since spaces isn't a good idea for the hostname part of a URL the user input must be sanitized ...
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Show special keyboard view when entering a password on mobile devices?

Mobile operating systems typically show different virtual keyboards depending on context. The default keyboard might show A-Z, while a keyboard for entering a telephone number might show 0-9 (so you ...
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Entering order amount with clicks in a game

So there's this control in an RTS game that lets you set an order amount. Due to being in a fast-paced games' UI, we cannot afford "slow" numeric input, so clicks are preferred. We also have very ...