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

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Required fields [duplicate]

What are the rules around indicating required fields in a flow that has some pages that have all required fields and some that are mixed? Is it better to denote optional fields in this case?
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When to combine comboboxes?

Let's say that my GUI has two fields to configure: input and output. Both fields are implemented with comboboxes that may have the following values: Input Values: A, B, C, D, E, F Output Values: 1, ...
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Multiple Phone Number Inputs on Forms - Best way to reduce manual entry?

I'm working on a web application that will be used internally in an organization. The application will ask users for multiple pieces of contact information. We will allow them to optionally enter a ...
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Avoiding offensive language in publishing App

I am working on a mobile app that allows the users create long videos picking up small clips. Then the user selects a title for the video and it is published in different networks (Facebook, Youtube, ...
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Forgiving Format: Rewrite on blur or ASAP?

I'm implementing the forgiving format pattern for phone numbers and social security numbers on a web site. Basically, the idea is the user types their (US) phone number: 5558675309 The system ...
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When Users Select a Ship Date During Holiday

In a shopping cart where a user can select their preferred ship date, how would you alert them when a date is a holiday or weekend? Would you use processing to not allow it? Add an alert that it would ...
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“Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
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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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Windows directory picker: why need an extra button?

The standard directory pickers are as follows. They have a long input box with the current chosen directory, a '...' button next to it that opens a directory picker to chosen a new direcotry. Why is ...
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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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Is having more then 1 label for a form element really against web accessibility guidelines?

I'm working on making my pages compliant to us section 508, and wcag 2.0 aaa. I've got a bunch of fields that have ghosting on them, like date text boxes. they use the labelOver plugin that can ...
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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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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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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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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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Subdomains and usability: giving a user an address that immediately redirects them

This is a practice that simply baffles me. For example just today I got my water bill, which tells me to pay at www.water.website.com. This page exists only as a redirect to www2.website.com/water/. ...
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Best design for a list with 8 fields for numeric input in a same row

I'm designing a web application where a user needs to add more then 15 football players in a list. For each player user needs to enter values in 8 different fields in each row. It is usually about 50% ...
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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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A user's input doesn't match what he think it is

I'm new to UX design, got a question bothering me for some days Hope you guys can give some tips Prolem: my app is kinda a calendar app with a map, and I pull data from a user's native calendar, an ...
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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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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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How to enter time at DST changeover?

This is a clone of my stackoverflow question. I'm working on an app that will be used by the public services (ambulance). Since those people work around the clock, they will realistically need to ...
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How can I improve the UI of groups of nested inputs?

The user is assigning products to a location in a hierarchy in a website. There is potential for multiple locations in multiple hierarchies in multiple websites. User journey: Select website ...
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UI design recommendations for application which uses trackball instead of mouse?

Does anyone have any recommendations for designing a (non-web) application for use with a trackball instead of a mouse? If you know of any guidelines, standards or just your own experience in this ...
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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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Best way of editing rows and row details of a UITableView in iOS

I have a table view which may have several items (rows), which in turn have more information that I want to be displayed in another view by tapping the row (common scenario). The point is, I'd like to ...
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UX for a system that converts between units of weight and volume

I'm trying to design a system that aggregates transaction amounts recorded in units of both weight and volume. Obviously, showing the total weight in kilograms of things you have individually weighed ...
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Default Android input field styling

I have been showing a prototype of my app to a few people and am surprised by how many of them don't know where to type. The main screen has three input fields and a search button. I'm talking about ...
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Input control and concept of default values

I'm working on an application which purpose is to edit data from a specific domain. The domain has a concept of default/inherited values. For instance: Let say I have a control with an edit box to ...
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Cursor position and movement in Bidi Input.

In the case of Bidi input, where both RTL and LTR types languages can be mixed together, what should be the cursor position? And what should be the movement of the cursor with Home and End buttons? ...
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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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How to present a view with large number of inputs

I'm developing a dashboard for hotel managament system application. There's a view that allows the user to set prices for room types in different currencies. Sadly, I can't provide any screenshots as ...
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Mobile: differentiating device-shake and touch-shake with sensible names

With mobile devices, there are (at least) 2 kinds of user actions that could be called "shake" Shaking the device itself Shaking some draggable item (à la Windows 7 shake-to-minimize-other-windows) ...
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User inputs into tables

I'm working on a desktop-based app, where there is quite a large number of inputs the user needs to enter. I'm struggling to present the data to the user in such a way that looks good, whilst still ...
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Multi Language Name Input

We are developing a Client Application that supports multiple languages. We have some MasterData that requires to have a localized Name (e.g a Product is named different in every location). When ...
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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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How best to handle a popup gaining focus in the middle of the user typing?

Often I'll set some process off, then change focus to another program and be typing away in a textbox (for example), when the first thing pops up into view, maybe with a Yes / No box which I'd then ...
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The calculator app question: preventing users from entering illegal input

I know there are a number of ways to prevent users from entering illegal input: disabling buttons, showing warnings, and other solutions that fit the domain of the problem. However, the usual ...
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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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How to deal with superfluous numbers in input text fields?

I'm working on input textfields for lab assistants, e.g. a textfield to enter a temperature value (in a custom designed UI, not a web-site). Users don't have to enter the Celsius or Fahrenheit unit, ...
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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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Enabling spell check in the UI

We are building an application which will contain spell checking features for areas where users will enter input. We have already implemented the feature for our rich text editors, whereby spell ...
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What's an alternative pattern for a dropdown with between 150 to 215 characters per option?

In my screen I have 3 sections, and on each section I have different elements to take input from the user. In one of the section I have a dropdown menu to select a predefined option. The options are ...
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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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How to ask for full name and know which part is what? e.g. last name, middle names, first etc

Say you want the user to enter their full name into a form. Even if you request just this, you may not know which order they put their names down (for example in countries like China, surnames come ...
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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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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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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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How much information should you show the user when his input is invalid?

Assume you have a website that makes several checks on user-generated input. A few examples example from my current assignment: the Belgian version of an SSN is validated using the user date of ...
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Alternative to large selection of check boxes on profile page

We are currently re-working our profile pages in our software and would like to explore the alternatives of having a large amount of tick boxes for users to select to attain certain privileges. The ...