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

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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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Should I use a modal prompt/dialog for user input?

For an application for a teacher, who has to enter marks obtained in the class test for 60 students; what is the best way to get input from them to ensure accuracy, speed and convenience? My ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Reverting selected dates in the date-picker?

I am currently working on the BI app with data reports (that are tied to financial year), and to set up a report, users have to select the time range for the desired data. The question is, when users ...
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Input controls within the bounds of a tappable tile

I have tappable tiles that navigate off to a different page in an app. Within the bounds of these tiles I have input controls. Interacting with these input controls should have no effect on the ...
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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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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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Placeholders for format in address form

I am creating an address form and want to add placeholders to the fields to display the format of what the user needs to enter. For email addresses, phone numbers and credit card details this is ...
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How to design the input field for recipe ingredients

I've spent a lot of time thinking about the most efficient way to handle a user inputting a recipe into a form. There are a couple different options I've seen across the internet, from offering up a ...
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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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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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What's the meaning of a disabled form field?

I'm working on a desktop UI that uses a lot of form elements like input fields, spinners, radio buttons etc. to fill out what is basically one big form. This form has a lifecycle with different check ...
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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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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 user ...
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3 Column CRUD layout

At my company we are developing an windows desktop application (WPF) and we are using 3 column as default of our system CRUD's. In the first column, at the top there is the buttons to add " + " and ...
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Notify the user that all form fields are required

I've been using React for a while now for creating forms, and for some reasons I cannot do some inline validations because I'm not yet that experienced on self-created inline validations and I'm also ...
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Manual entry for missing items in datatable

Situation: There are items (physically delivered, only of value virtually) that are populated into a datatable after a specified time period (lets call it 7 days for concrete reference), however, the ...
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Help designing non-mandatory but crucial fields for user input regarding allergy

I have a field that takes user input about allergies to various food etc. This field can not be made mandatory since not everyone is allergic, and therefore should not be forced to fill this field. ...
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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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Recording Dimensions of Boxes

I am designing an interface for an application in which operators have to enter the dimensions of boxes they are handling. They place each box on a flat surface, and then use a tape measure. This has ...
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How to handle searching by multiple US states and radius with one input?

The application that I am designing has a pretty intense searching capability and one of the biggest search criteria is origin and destination. With the company being centered around shipping it is ...
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Best way of making a credits transfer dialog

I am designing a dialog which would allow user to transfer credits from his account to "an object's account". Transfer is only in one direction -- after you confirm transfering credits to an object's ...
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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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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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What is the name of this design pattern? [duplicate]

What's the name of this pattern? I have two lists side by side. The list on the left has all the possible options. The list on the right contains the selected options. There is a button like "add" or ...
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Which pixel on or near the cursor does the user intend to click?

I have annotated the image below with 4 colored rectangles indicating possible cursor click points. Which is the best pixel location to use when deciding which pixel the user intended to click? My ...
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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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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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new type of hours input

I'm building an app for Smartphone devices where the user needs to input his hours per task (a.k.a timesheet) Unlike traditional keyboard, I designed an input for hours and minutes as the following ...
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How to tell a user how many characters remaining for a form input

We have a couple of form fields on which we impose some character limits. However, I'm having trouble thinking of how to appropriately convey this character limit to the user. At the moment, it looks ...
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In a program what to say when the user enters the wrong type? e.g. number entered when yes/no expected

My program runs from the command line and requires the user to enter booleans (yes or no) and integers (numbers without decimals). For this I have two methods to check to make sure the user makes a ...
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Best way to input a list of emails

Whats the best-practice way to input a column of emails that associate with different people- a la: My worry is that all the blue buttons and call to actions look cluttered and feels overwhelming ...
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Forms: side-by-side or vertical for label and text-input?

Is there consensus about whether side-by-side or vertical alignment is preferred? For example, which of these two form fields provides a better user experience?:
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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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Managing User roles as admin

I'm working on a UI where there are multiple roles, with two (Finance and Legal) that are constrained to only support one user. I'm using a fairly standard matrix, with checkboxes that become ...
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Best design for input of solely negative numbers via numeric keypad

I'm designing an app where in one screen of the application users can input a single number (and nothing else) by use of a numeric keypad. The number may have a single decimal place. Depending on the ...
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Limiting the number of edits user can make to a list

So I am working on this little chrome extension that tracks the amount of time the user spends on certain websites and helps them reduce the time they waste online. On Installation the ext. asks user ...
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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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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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3-state control on/off/suspended

I’m creating a prototype for a system which will give the user to control a specific feature in the system by switching it on and off. To control the feature we have a 3-state control: on off ...
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Folder picker: Some users want to preview contents of the folder but others find this confusing

In our Silverlight application we have a wizard that gives the users the ability to browse to a specific folder on the server and in a subsequent step select the specific files that they wish to ...
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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 *) -> (...