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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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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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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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Best way to add an amount multiplier

I'm working on a financial web-application, and in some pages, the user has to fill an amount. We are dealing here with large amounts, and they are generally thousands or millions of $ / €. In ...
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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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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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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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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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Recomendation for choosing a start date / month

I've got a few forms on my web app that require a start date, which is always the first of a month. Currently i'm using the jQuery date picker plugin that disables every day of the month except the ...
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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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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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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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Is there any research into the cost of switching between using a keyboard and a mouse?

My intuition and own experience tells me keyboard shortcut keys can be faster than using the mouse. However, some tasks like browsing the internet or a folder hierarchy truly benefit from using a ...
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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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Merging firstname/last name into one field

I am entertaining the notion of a single field for name entry on our scheduling web app. I think this is an excellent case for a "forgiving format" to make it easy to enter their names quickly. I ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Enter your email below and we will contact you

My client wants a page in which the following text appears: "Enter your email below and We will contact you" It's then followed by a textfield (to write the email address) and a button to submit ...
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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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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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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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Best way to combine sign in and sign up in the same form?

I want both forms to be extremely simple - sign in much like facebook in the header with 3 inputs side by side - email, password then "sign in" (or is "log in" better?). I also want to USE THE SAME ...
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How to mark cells in a spreadsheet that are meant to be edited?

I just put together a spreadsheet to demonstrate how some calculations work. Three of the cells act as inputs. The values in those cells kick off a cascade of calculations in other cells containing ...
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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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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 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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Credit Card input format

Somewhere, in one of the Usability books I read ( probably Donald Norman ), there was a suggestion that the normal format for entering credit cards was wrong. The usual format is 16 characters in a ...
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Adding D-pad navigation to an existing web application: Resources?

I have a web application (HTML5) which works well in Google Chrome with mouse navigation, and I am adding d-pad navigation support. I have asked on StackOverflow about programming models for d-pad ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field?

I am familiar with research on label placement to the left or above. I tend to go with right justified with the label to the left of the field for my form designs. However, inline placeholder text ...
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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 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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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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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 ...