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When do we ask the user to try again on form input error?

I have a form whereby users are required to fill up several fields. Upon validation error, error messages would be shown. Example: The selected location is out of range. Please try again. The area ...
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What should the character limit(s) for first/last name inputs be? [closed]

We want to create input fields for a user's first and last names. What should the minimum and maximum limits be, if any, and why?
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What is the best way to input cm of body measures?

In my web application the user have to save their measures of the following parts of the body: Head Neck Chest Hip Feet The value stored in the database could store two decimals too. So I thought ...
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Research/Data on mobile interactions vs. desktop forms?

I'm trying to find some usability studies or even anecdotal commentary on the difference in user preferences of interacting with a select list UI on the desktop vs. mobile. Traditionally, on the ...
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A good way of a user inputting a distributed allocation to several items

In my case I'm using currencies but this could apply to many situations. In my webapp a user is asked to define a currency distribution that (ideally) adds up to 100%. I present the currencies and ...
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Why do some people physically cover their macbook cameras [closed]

Obviously, if a malicious user could save camera snapshots or streams you have a bigger issue on your hands than improperly lighted selfies. Or do they simply not get this / this isn't as commonly ...
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How to allow for seamless creation of new keywords with a mandatory category?

I have an application which describes animals. A user can attach keywords to the animals. Each keyword has to belong to one of five categories, four specific ones and a "Research topic" category which ...
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Best practice in a fullform page

I've have a page with iss full form. What is the best practice to do this? In the moment title is align to the top menu, with inputs textwith full widht of the page, and selectswith 50% centralized. ...
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What character should be used as a marker in a CSV file

I have a CSV file that is used for marking users against columns which is imported into an application. The administrators will mark cells with a specified character to denote a selection. What is the ...
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Gauge user preference given four options

I am looking to design an effective yet slick user control that will allow a user to provide their input to a question where they can pick how much they like the provided answers as options. The user ...
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Why must a user enter cents at an ATM when it only dispenses whole dollars?

I live in the United States, and many of our ATMs only dispense money in $20 increments. This makes sense given the added infrastructure that would be required in the machines to dispense many ...
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Why is the textbox for posting tweets at the bottom of twitter's new Android UI?

Inspired by this question here. I recently updated my twitter app and as I was scrolling up through my feed, I wanted to post something. After about 30 straight seconds of scanning the top of the ...
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Allowing non-Latin characters in address fields?

I'm building a site which will allow users to enter physical street addresses. My primary target audience is US-based but I'd like the site to be global and also accommodate an international audience ...
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I'm trying to design an accounts creatin system with two levels of administrators

I'm working on a ERG application for a high school debate program. I need to be able to create accounts for each user, but there are issues with the number of administrators involved. Firstly, a ...
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Presenting an operation that is for one or many items

I have a couple of operations that can be performed on one or many items. I can't find anything better than using a drop-down list for each of these operations or is there a more user-friendly ...
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Selecting a unit of measurement

I need to allow the user to select a unit when entering a certain amount for a certain ingredient. Certainly :-) I want this to be rather dynamic. My web-app has many facets and I want to use the same ...
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Should I use multiple input fields or not?

Currently I am working on a search engine for restaurants, where you can search by food, restaurant, location, time or a combination of any two, three or all of those parameters. The dilema I am in ...
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How to portray to a user the security of an input field?

I was just tasked by my boss to make a certain SSN field to appear more secure. We currently are masking the first 5 numbers but he wants a greater feel of security behind the input. He was thinking ...
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Entering any two of four inter-dependent values

While designing a garden landscape, I want users to be able to define a slope of the terrain. There are four values users can enter: Run - the horizontal distance along the depth of the slope Rise ...
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I have a typeahead in my form. How do I get people to select its options?

I am the UXD (I use this as loosely as possible) for an education startup company. I have a typeahead in my sign up form: This is the last entry in the sign up form. Underneath that (hidden right ...
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Better usability if form inputs have a background highlight?

I'm designing a pretty long form right now and am curious if it attracts the eye more and focuses users on filling out input fields if they're slightly highlighted if there's no values in there yet. ...
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Label align location for input box [duplicate]

I have form with long input list and corresponding labels for them. Labels inserted in left, because form has a lot of input elements and right side is reserved for errors info. So I have only option ...
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Portuguese postal code

What is the best solution for filling a portuguese postal code? A mask input, or separate input fields? The format for the portuguese postal code is [xxxx]-[xxx] So what is best? Input Mask ...
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UI for Tier Pricing vs Flat Fee

I am working on a UI for a reservation system where a unit can either be rented on a flat fee OR per duration. For duration mode, the unit can be rented based on blocks of hours. In the case below, ...
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How should I allow a user to browse images by time and location?

Let's suppose I have some application where users around the world can submit pictures corresponding to a geographic location and date and time. I want people to be able to browse these pictures, ...
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What is the clearer way to save the users measurements?

I'm designing a online store in which the users could save their sizes in a database and when they want to buy something, we'll calc and display the size of this specific garment according to their ...
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What's an alternative UI for an event date?

I'm building a website where a user can set up a webpage for an event. The user needs to select a date without being frustrated from clicking a lot on a date picker. Is it a text-input a good way to ...
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How to make mass mutation intuitive?

We are redesigning an existing application in which the user has a typical master-detail view with basic CRUD operations for a certain entity type. (Actually, the majority of screens are of this ...
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Selecting large numbers of items from a large list [duplicate]

Selecting an item from a large number of items is a very well-solved problem. However, there doesn't appear to be a good solution for selecting large numbers of items, ie. when the user needs to ...
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Has anyone had any experience with inputs similar to apple's calendar “create quick event”?

For the past few years apple's calendar app has used this concept of "create quick event" where the user types a sentence in a format that allows the application to separate the data, and create the ...
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Can an input field be too wide?

Topic of discussion. Is it a usability problem to have an input field be too wide? For example: I am creating an internal management system where users come to view orders in the system. When ...
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Numeric input - alternatives to slider / text field for mobile game?

For our game the player's occasionally required to enter numbers. Sometimes it's the number of units to buy and in that case typically a number between 1 and 10,000, other times it's goods to buy, in ...
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Html best input type for boolean values selection

In web development, html , what is the best input type to be used if users are only given two choices? basic true or false for example? active or inactive? my choices are: two radio buttons, dropdown ...
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For non-special-character textbox, should I use inline validating message or block users from inputing invalid characters?

I have one textbox that means to allow no special characters. Now, I have to choose below approaches: Display inline validating message say something like "char * is not allowed" (A) or "Your input ...
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In a wizard form, should the data be saved to the server at the end of all step or at the completion of each step?

I am pondering of two approachs to work with my form: Send all data to the server when user has completed all steps. Save data to the server each time user has completed a single step. ...
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Display of disabled input fields

How should an input field appear when it is disabled? One idea is to show 'Disabled' as value within the input field. Is there a better idea to indicate an input text field is disabled? The input box ...
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Integer input field: special case for unbounded / unlimited

I am developing a form where the user needs to enter the maximum number of allowed things. Zero is a legitimate value meaning that none are allowed. I need to find a special value to indicate that ...
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Best practice for monetary input separators validation internationally?

Imagine an application where we have mixing of number formatting with regards to separators. To simplify we'll pretend it's just US Dollars (12,345.67) and Euros (12.345,67). Some users can view and ...
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Web-Based SQL Query Builder

I've built a simple web-based query builder using a series of dropdown lists such that the only typed input is the final value field. In the example above simply adding the filters consecutively ...
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Sudoku Solving Web App; Best Way To Get Input?

I am making web application where users can enter a Sudoku puzzle (a puzzle that they have found somewhere else), and the solve it using the application. I want to have two stages to the application: ...
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How should I show a password exists on an edit password form?

We're salting + hashing all of our passwords, but we allow the user the option to edit his/her password. However, we cannot retrieve the password to put the proper amount of asterisks into the ...
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Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?

This comment on another UX.Stackexchange question: that's not to force you to read it, it's to ensure that websites don't pop up the window as soon as your mouse pointer goes to click something in ...
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Domain Specific Language for Stock/Inventory Management

I'm looking at implimenting a DSL, for managing inventory/orders. In this case it is for a game (Minecraft, with computercraft + Applied Energistics), however it could as reasonably be a real world ...
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Textbox with addon selector

My users need to input a number. For this, I would like a control that is a textbox for the numerical input and a section on the end of the textbox that indicates a default unit of measure, similar to ...
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Displaying Area of Residence intelligently

For Social Website where the user should specify his or her Area of Residence. I want to use the same method Facebook does; a text input field with a dynamic drop-down menu as you type. I am using ...
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When to use a group of radio buttons and when to use a select drop down

I have a step in a wizard scenario. The user has a choice of 3 options before they can tap 'Next'. For those 3 options do I use a select drop down list or a group of 3 radio buttons?
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On a form wizard step what input type/s shall I use for when there are two options?

Ok so I have two options on a wizard step e.g. Option 1: Go to step A, Option 2: Go to step B. What is the best input method to use in this situation? The wizard generally has more complicated steps ...
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Input field - Select multiple items from a very large list

That is a common scenario that filters for a specific grid may contain large lists of values. In most cases every item displayed in the filter list holds by itself different Metadata fields that can ...
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Should I display the “Required” field legend?

Within a form, is it enough to just display an icon next to the required field and void the instruction text saying "* required fields"? In addition to that, is there a specific style (shape, color) ...
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Design pattern suggestion for overriding a default calculated value

I'm looking for suggestions or links that can give me some ideas on ways I can provide an editable field to a user that is an override for a calculated value. That is, it's a field that the system ...