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

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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 ...
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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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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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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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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 *) -> ...
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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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Combining email and phone inputs into a single text field

Let's say you want to combine both email and phone input into a single text field because you require either or, not both. What's the best way would you approach this? As far as making it clear ...
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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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Is there any conventions for using alternate fonts in user input fields?

My company is proceeding with a branding initiative which involves a branded font. The desire of the external agency is to apply the branded font to all input controls on the page, including text ...
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Is it a good idea to make file path edit box multi-line?

I think it might be useful to make file path edit box in my program multi line, because file paths can be quite long, and when they don't fit the user has to scroll text left and right with cursor ...
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Suggestions for a clean interface for two related,linked lists

I'm making a restaurant menu editor. There are menu "items" and they have "options". For example Turkey Sandwich or Hamburger would be items and lettuce, tomatoes, onions etc would be options. ...
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Absolute vs. Relative mapping interface

What are the UX considerations/recommendations for using absolute vs. relative mapping when using a setup like: Wacom tablet & computer Touchpad & computer Tablet (iPad etc) and computer ...
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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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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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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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Phrasing a technical error in most clear way possible: XML config file not properly formatted

I’m developing a program for a group of scientists. The requirements are that user input will be given in the form of an XML configuration file. Also the requirements state that an XSD file will be ...
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Separate console input field?

When creating a console like window, what are the advantages of: having user input in the same control as the output having separate controls for input and output windows? As I see it having ...
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How to handle default inputs than can be overruled?

Here is a problem I have been struggling with for a while... Consider the following 2 input forms (don't worry, these are just mockups, not real screenshots). When the user opens the forms, all ...
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Research/Data on mobile interactions vs. desktop forms?

I'm trying to find some usability studies or even anecdotal commentary on the difference in user preferences of interacting with a select list UI on the desktop vs. mobile. Traditionally, on the ...
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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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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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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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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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When should input fields be cleared in modals, if at all?

I have an invoice page with a button to make a payment. The payment button triggers a series of modals for collecting user payment info (credit card/check details, billing details, payment ...
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Best way to ask the user how much something cost, approximately?

TL; DR; version: Users are given the possibility to write stories about certain activities they took part in. The price of these activities can vary, so it would be a good idea to give them the option ...
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Improvement tracker or: How I Learned to Stop Being a Jerk to the User

I'm planning a program (not sure if it will run on smartphones or just PC ) to keep track of user defined task and it's progress. I want it to be less bossy, but still give the proper incentive to ...
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What is the best way to label placeholder call-to-actions?

I'm creating a search input where the user can search for: restaurants, dishes, and cuisines. I was wondering when it comes to placeholder text what is the most proper way to label this ...