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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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App interface for changing relational percentages

Has anyone ever seen or used a good app interface (web or mobile) for changing relational percentages? E.g I need to change 3 amounts to make up £100 and I need to be able to use any permutation to do ...
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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to use many sliders with lengthy textual descriptions

I have the following problem: On my website, there is a personal settings page, where the user is able to define health-levels for her specific body parts. To mix it up a little, some body part's ...
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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 ...
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Complex Automated Wizard using filenames User Interaction Problem

I have a UX problem involving an interaction that teaches the system how to parse a particular file name. (Note this is not the exact interaction and it does not deal with file names, but it does deal ...
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Approaches for setting a time period

In a GUI application I have a setting for a time interval. In this case, it's a refresh period, but the same issue comes up when you set how early you want a calendar reminder, how long to snooze an ...
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What's the best and most intuitive way to have a user enter a height value in feet and inches into a web form?

What's the best and most intuitive way to have a user enter a height value in feet and inches into a web form? The major choices seem to be: Have one text field where they can enter values. This ...
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Is it acceptable practice to use checkboxes as radio buttons?

Can someone point me in the direction to articles regarding checkboxes and radio buttons? I'm in a discussion with an Art Director and he is convinced it makes more sense to use checkboxes because ...
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What are the costs of forcing a switch between mouse and keyboard?

If a user is entering text at a keyboard, then is forced to use their mouse for something (e.g. clicking a button in a modal dialog), what are the time and cognitive costs of that? Similarly, when ...
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Why do most microwaves have a “Popcorn” button?

I can't imagine that the usage level of popcorn substantiates its special treatment on a microwave's user interfaces – at least any more emphasis than other common foods. Removing this (and other ...
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What is the best UI for multi-selecting from a list?

We have a web form and one of the fields is a multi -elect list. Our options are: List of checkboxes Listview (select box but allowing multi select) Both seem to be a bit ugly and unweildy when ...
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Using Dropdowns AND Radio Buttons to avoid confusion

For you reference I wanted to point out that this is a Video project. I am designing a menu in which the user can choose 1 of 4 formats for SD (standard definition) and two options for HD (high ...
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What options to give for multiple choice subjective feedback?

I'm working on a very brief feedback survey as part of our product. To encourage use and simplify the received data I was thinking of restricting it to: Do you like [product name]? Any ...
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Is it better to use tabs instead of a dropdown menu in a contact form?

Is it better to use tabs instead of a dropdown menu in a contact form? Examples:
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Should input be accepted after confimation (or other actions)

I often find myself in the following workflow: Enter user name Enter password Click "OK" (or enter key) Wait for response Discover the checkbox next to OK-button Think: "Bugger! It would be nice to ...
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What is the best way to display date validation errors?

I am performing date validation on several forms. This validation includes making sure a date does not fall on a weekend, does not fall on a major holiday, is at least 3 business days from the current ...
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Multiple email input

In Live Mail, and I believe Google Mail too, you can specify multiple recipients within the same input box and separate them with either a tab, a space or a comma in some cases. This is also the same ...
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Limiting user input - beneficial or user annoyance?

I am coming up with my project's validation framework, including preventative error handling. I have been debating as to whether I should limit user input to prevent errors in cases such as prices or ...
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When is it a good idea to perform actions on mouse-down *as opposed to click/mouse-up*?

I've grown used to the GUI paradigm of pre-select on mouse-down, action on mouse-up. In fact, I rely on it, sometimes canceling an unwanted action after mouse-down by dragging outside of the click ...
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Appended and Prepended Checkbox: when can I use this?

A was taking a look at Twitter Bootstrap, and, looking at the Prepended and Appended checkboxes, just cant figure out where, why and when I can use it. Can someone give me a good example?
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Get user Birth location

So i need to get the exact location of where a person was born. Currently, I have two maps on a page and an input field. So you can basically use either one. Right now the top map is a view of the ...