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How do I elegantly limit text area input by size not by character count.

I am building a web app that requires user input of text and images to be placed on a PDF page which will later be printed as a letter. This page will have a specified area for text and a specified ...
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Usernames - Sentence case or Normal case [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should first and last name be formatted? Scene User doesn't care how he/she types their name in "First name" & "Last name" text boxes. What happens If the ...
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What would be the best way to let a user add a URL to a form?

Currently our webapplication simply shows a textbox with no validation at all. There is a small icon placed next to the textbox that allows the user to open the URL in a new browser window to check ...
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How can I provide a simple dialog for a user to enter multiple email addresses (for invitations)?

I'm creating a dialog (modal) that asks the user to enter multiple email addresses to which an item on the website is shared to. The dialog is about 530x500 pixels big. Right now I'm asking the user ...
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Does the use of a WYSIWYG editor by itself improve the UX?

As someone with a lot of background writing low-level software, I've always felt a strong dislike for WYSIWYGs such as CKEditor or TinyMCE in the browser. To me they are mostly problematic, as they ...
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Auto Advance to Next Field

When is it appropriate to 'auto advance' from one text field to the next, as in phone numbers and SSN?
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Is The HTML5 Search Form Useful In Terms of Usability

HTML5 (the new version of html) has a number of new features, and one of those features is that there is a new type of input that is basically the same as the normal input field (like the one you use ...
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dynamic form design

I have a multistep form setup in my rails app.. In one of my steps the user can enter a friends name, birthday, gender, and the persons interests. They can enter as many friends as they like (each ...
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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 are “hidden” usability improvements helpful vs. confusing/frustrating?

I just read an article about some bonus keys on the iPad's split keyboard. Obviously this seems like a great idea to prevent a usability issue from even happening. It seems like this could backfire ...
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Getting input for a one-to-many relationship

I have a flight logging application with a profile section that allows users to enter personal information about themselves and additionally add any certificates they own (recreational- and private ...
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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 (Ă  la Windows 7 shake-to-minimize-other-windows) ...
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Quickly and intuitively entering quantity and item

I am trying to find an intuitive input control to create a list of QUANTITY x ITEM lines. The items already exist in the database and the simplest way to do this would be: In order to make it ...
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Is the asterisk the common symbol to mark fields as required in all languages?

I did some research but didn't find an answer to it. The asterisk seems to be a common symbol on the web for marking input or user interaction as required. Most likely it has it's origins in print ...
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Allowing user to input a constrained value

I need to allow users to enter a number between X (minimum number) and Y (maximum number). X and Y will have different values depending on the specific client set-up of the tool. These values could be ...
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What is the best interaction pattern for entering a range on a mobile phone?

I have a mobile application where I need to filter a list by a range. (Imagine a dating app where you want to filter people by age). How should one design the range picker? A person should be able to ...
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Any usability studies on password strength meters?

I put together a password strength meter for a signup form, and overall it works very well. It hooks into our DB for the "rules" (number of characters required, mix of letters and numbers, etc.), and ...
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Dealing with Area Codes in Phone Number fields

Ok so I know a similar(ish) question has been asked before re: friendly format for Phone Numbers. My question however focuses on a more specific part of this question, namely the 'dropped' first zero ...
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Date Range for Saturday-Saturday or Sunday-Sunday Vacations

So I'm having an interesting problem while selling vacations. Right now, I have two calendars for picking a date range. This date range is supposed to identify the days my customer is available to ...
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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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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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What is the most intuitive way to force users to enter certain cells first in the new row of a data grid?

It was suggested that I post to this site the first half of a question I posted on StackOverflow. Paraphrased… I have a data grid (in my situation, Microsoft's .NET platform using WPF) wherein I ...
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Best way to offer a large amount of selectable options (without using Javascript)?

I come from stackoverflow and have no answers for this one, so I turn to the UI guys for assistance. Let's say I have a library application that allows a user (librarian) to add a book to the ...
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Preventing blur (or forcing focus) on invalid form input

Let's say you're in a form and you just forgot to enter .com at the end of your email addy. You tab or click into the next input, but the input turns red and an error pops up saying you have an ...
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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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What is the best graphical interface for inputting a list of pairs?

I want to create a graphical interface for inputing skill build orders for an RPG game. A skill build is an ordered list of (skill, number) pairs, like this (see footnote): (A x1) -> (B *) -> ...
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What does a user expect tapping album artwork to do?

I'm designing a music player app, which will play from a stream on the internet. In the app, I plan to show a navigation bar, a tab bar, and some info about the song that the user is listening to. ...
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Forcing user to enter correct data

Consider the following scenario for a form with two fields "Full name" and "email". When user starts editing the "Full name" field I will not allow user to start editing "email" field until "Full ...
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How can a form with tokenInput include qualifiers?

I have a form for modifying songs in which you can add/remove links to artists with a special text field having tokenInput capability for auto-completion. This field looks like this: Of course, the ...
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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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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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Can this double picker be achieved by a web app (not a native app)?

Can this double picker be achieved by a web app in HTML (not a native app)?
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Input field label position, in context of view and edit mode

We would like to use top aligned fields for our form page, wherein the label text is in bold and the input text, normal (not sure if this is the best scenario). In edit mode, this works fine. The same ...
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What is the best way to indicate to the user to type/select production numbers

I need to ask to the user for this fields: area planted, area harvested and the yield. I got this approaches: 1 2 3 Obviously the three fields are numbers, they are between 1 and 40 for the ...
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Least obstructive text input boxes within text

I have some text with many text input boxes. I have been told (more than once) that the input boxes make the text hard to read. What I have done is available at wikilearner.net/wiki Do you ...
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What problems could arise from displaying a label inside a textbox during data entry?

Just made the finishing touches on a new technique I developed for using a label in a textbox. Here is the live demonstration: http://powabunga.nfshost.com/bestform/ There were a few things I was ...
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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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What's an intuitive way to enter several heterogeneous fields?

I need to give the user a way of entering (at most) three fields. For example, for a list of ingredients for a cooking recipe, each entry has a quantity, a unit and a label, e.g. 2 big egg(s), 1 pinch ...
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What is/are best practice(s) to align an HTML checkbox on a web form?

Consider this HTML form: The checkbox in the form is really a pain in the ..., because no matter what you do, it can't be aligned in a good visual form with the rest controls of the form. For ...
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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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How necessary is it to point out your call to action so obviously on a simple site?

I am trying to figure out, especially for returning users, the value of pointing out a way to add input to a site. Facebook and Google+ both have placeholder text and placement of the input for status ...
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How to enter a number from a range on a mobile web app?

I'm designing a web app for smartphones that allows the user to enter some numbers within a large range (say 0-511 or 0-1023). The numbers are exact and equally likely to be spread across the whole ...
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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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Do you think that it is a wrong decision to use a textarea for “add comments”?

Whenever we add a comment there is this textarea box. OK the first thing that gets into my mind is that I can press the "Enter" key in a textarea box and it will give me a newline. If its a normal ...
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Date picker subtleties: Input year by using numeric keys

We are developing a date picker and have run into a problem related to interpretation of user input. Suppose you have a date picker as the one in the picture below and the user is to change the year ...
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Are “reset” buttons redundant? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a cancel button necessary in a web form? Are form "reset" buttons redundant? If not, why not? Give me a case where they are completey accepted, useful and maybe even ...
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Wizard or Tab ?

When I want to make an input dialog with lots of input field, do I need make the dialog in wizard style or tab style? Any suggestions?
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Background images in input boxes

I have been experimenting with right aligned background image treatments in input boxes for the web lately. Are there any rules of thumb for this type of implementation? Is it considered great ...
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Which is more suitable Separate Box vs Single box in BrijPad

I have created an editor for fast development BrijPad. I get feedback that there should be two boxes one for input and another for output. but I think for multiple operations it would be ...
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Is text-transform uppercase frustrating when used in input form fields

I have a field in a form where the entered data is usually presented all uppercase. It's a field for a person's code that is similar to a Social Security Number with the difference that it also ...