An interface is the point of communication between user and system, allowing for input to the system and feedback to the user.

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Alternative to a lot of checkboxes

I need to give a user the ability to select (on/off) a subset of options from a list. There are over 100 of these choices to be made and the list will get longer. The data is not user friendly either. ...
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What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup

What is the best way to indicate that a user can perform a value lookup? I have a section of an application screen where users have the option to use a NAICS code as part of their search criteria. ...
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Ideas for contacts listing view

we are working a new interface in our app and we are looking for ideas that has to do with a contacts listing space. There is a big search input centred at the top and we need a box in content to ...
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What is the best way to gather optional data using radio button groups and drop-downs?

I'm ultimately asking a theoretical question: what is the best experience, in general, for gathering optional responses using controls with mandatory input? Consider specifically radio button groups. ...
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“Load More” and sort/filter

I have a list of items (currently < 20, but could expand drastically). For a mobile experience, it's our thought to load 5 list items (sorted by default to "Newest") and then request the next 5 ...
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Naming features of an app or site

Working closely with external clients, every now and then you run into one that's especially creative. They'll come up with very specific names for certain features they came up with, that don't align ...
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What is the benefit of the “hover to reveal additional buttons” interface found in Gmail? [duplicate]

When you compose a new message in Gmail on a computer, the bottom of the compose window looks like this: When you put your mouse over the + button, it looks like this (with the mouse being on the ...
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What's the purpose of the bottom bar in popups / modal windows?

There seems to be a common pattern where the bottom of a modal window contains an area that looks slightly separated from its content. I'm trying to find out where this habit comes from, and what ...
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Display a list of current tasks, future and past

The user comes to perform the current task. If the task is done — the task goes to "done list"; if the task is skipped — it goes to "skipped list". The current design has completed tasks indicated by ...
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How do you deal with too many bullets in a slider?

I have an issue with a simple image slider on a mobile application. The slider uses bullets to indicate the pages of the slider. Now, it became quickly evident that the navigation bullets could easily ...
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How to extend the noun-verb paradigm to multiple nouns

Schemes used to command computers usually rely on noun-verb combinations or verb-noun combinations. For instance typical file managers use noun-verb combinations: if you want to remove a file, you ...
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Should users be allowed to edit tags or just delete them?

I'm redesigning UI and features for tagging in a mobile app. The current implementation doesn't provide a way for users to directly edit or delete their existing tags. Currently, tags that are not ...
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What's the multi-window interface in Visual Studio called? Where can I find it?

The style from Visual Studio (pictured above) is perfect for a program I'm writing, but I don't know what it's called or if there are any libraries that provide this functionality. The key points of ...
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How to build website mockups / interface design? [closed]

Is there any other way to design websites besides Photoshop? I want to quickly build wireframes / mockups of the new user interface and I want to move the UI elements and rearrange them.
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Chinese Smart phone keyboard

Do the Chinese Smart phone keyboard need a lot of keys on their keyboard compared to the simple generic iOS keyboard that we see currently? (iOS has less keys and its simple to look at. Compare it to ...
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Practical applications / prototypes using different cognitive styles

I'm looking for practical applications or studies where the application has been developed for users with different cognitive styles. I'm mostly interested in those using Nisbett's cognitive thinking ...
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Improving this view [closed]

Currently, I'm working on creating a view from where the main purpose of it is to show details about a user. Here is the initial view that is given when a user comes to the screen ("Certificates") is ...
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What is the correct way to reference GUI controls when writing content and copy

I'm writing documentation. It's technical documentation and my audience should be tech-savvy. However, I have reservations about referring to UI elements in an interface by the terminology that ...
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single radio button vs 2 radio buttons vs checkbox

I am having a user enter search terms to search a document. The issue of how to have them determine if that term is case senstive when being used. OPTION 1 - I was thinking to make it a dropdown ...
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Ordering results with multiple levels of premium listings

I'm looking at different ways to display search results in a directory where there are three levels of premium member. The current way is to display the Gold, Silver, Bronze results first, in that ...
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Is the indeterminate checkbox state a Microsoft UI pattern only?

A quick look through online search results show that the indeterminate checkbox state does not seem to be a very common UI interaction, yet Microsoft has persistently stuck with it and are probably ...
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Difference between interface design and GUI design [closed]

Is interface design the same as GUI design?
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Using the logo as the About button

This is obviously something that the user doesn't need to see very often, but something that management or sales might have strong opinions about. In a desktop application the user is probably ...
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Settings button at the top or bottom of the screen?

If the settings don't need to be changed very often, but need to be very accessible when they need to be, is there any reason for putting them at the top instead of the bottom of the screen (or vice ...
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Best format for year/month/custom date selection (web application)

I have a web application where users select two custom dates using datepickers, to generate a report. For convenience, 'year' and 'month' have shortcuts. The user presses an update button to refresh ...
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How to describe checked and selected items on the use interface unambiguously

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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Which is best format to enter for foreign curency expenses?

I am working on record expense screen. Which is more usable way to record expense. Expense Amount: 4944.50 (JPY) In Base Currency: 50 (USD) Exchange Rate: 98.89
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Suggestions for organizing functions

A little background, I am working on a controller for use with various studies. For this particular study there are multiple phases from 1-6, each of the buttons in the picture below make the robot ...
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Should there be an alternate page turn behaviour for two column layouts?

When looking at typical research paper documents in PDF, the two column layout makes it very difficult to scan pages easily because you have to move your eyes up and down and scroll up and down at the ...
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A system supporting state of emergency [closed]

Situations regarding terrorism, floods, epidemics etc. are quite improbable yet real, so there must be systems dealing with them. In movies, a 15-or-so feet tall screen presents either a map with ...
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Is UX design subject to disruptive innovations?

Do you think that UX design in computers is subject to disruptive innovations in similar ways that computer programming and hardware engineering are? I am specifically focusing on the core way we ...
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When a user does something in a way that is not supposed to be done… is it a design error or user error?

One of my users (1 out of 30) is constantly trying to perform actions in a way that are not supposed to be done in that way. For example I have two screens let's call them Screen A, and Screen B. ...
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How to improve anonymous statistics reporting rate?

There are many different organizations starting to collect usage statistics in an attempt to improve the usability or user experience of their software. One of the common frustration when designing an ...
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Why did browsers get rid of the standard menu across the top and now have one button in the top left corner?

It used to be typical of most computer programs to have File, View, Options etc. across the top of the application window. I have noticed that, starting with browsers, many programs have gotten rid of ...
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Best approach for maintaining/persisting search criteria/filters when user returns to a search page?

Say I have a basic "search" page on my site that allows user to enter filters and keywords. Then a list of results appears, and the user can click on a result to go to a "details" page about that one ...
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Where to place the close button in circular modal form?

Where should the close [x] button in circular modal form be placed?
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Tree Forum vs Flat vs Stack Exchange style

I wonder what are the advantages \ disadvantages of the following three types of forums... Tree like forum One parent Thread that can have multiple child threads Each child thread can have multiple ...
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Better paradigm for a Blender-style interface; lots of control panels and property panels

I am designing an editing application in html/js. After a while, I end up with a lot of different "panels", and I am having trouble displaying them all to the user in an efficient way. Sometimes it ...
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How to unobtrusively add item to a current scrolling list?

I'm developing an app that fetches lists of items from a web service. I cache the responses for quick fetching, but I don't know how to handle displaying new data. When the user is scrolling through ...
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What to display during a 'buffering-type' problem: play or pause?

I'm developing a music streaming app. All's good, except I'm hung up on what to do when the music is playing and the network connection fails causing the stream to buffer. Should I keep the button ...
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Similar buttons for very different actions in Gmail

I noticed that Gmail's conversation interface has a bent arrow icon for back-to-inbox and a very similar button for reply. Below is an image of the interface with the two buttons highlighted in ...
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Why do most microwaves have a “Popcorn” button?

I can't imagine that the usage level of popcorn substantiates its special treatment on a microwave's user interfaces – at least any more emphasis than other common foods. Removing this (and other ...
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Saving a field as a preset

I have an entity (say, an event) the user needs to create periodically. In its attributes, the user needs to enter a range in a text field that is a technical specification (complex). The user will ...
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Interface for a translation module

We have an application in which we create tests. These tests are created in a certain language (can be anything). In a phase of the test's process, it has to be translated so all languages we offer ...
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How do I label a button that exposes a “code behind” editor?

Background I'm building an editor where the user interacts with a graphical representation of the data. This data is actually generated from a script which the user may expose and edit (the "code ...
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North American electrical outlet, why so sad? [closed]

I wasn't sure whether it was more appropriate to post here or rather on electronics SE, but please bear with me... Why was the 120 VAC outlet and the pinout of the plugs shaped the way they are? ...
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Is an “in-page survey” a good way of retrieving useful users opinions?

I'm thinking about implementing a different means of retrieving users' opinions about my company websites. This is how I imagine this feature: On every page of the websites, a non intrusive ...
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Difference between UI and Visual Design/Style Guide?

From looking at some of the style guide for web applications that are available, there is a distinction made between the visual (icons, colours, logos, etc) and UI (look and feel of user interface ...
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Shadows. Best practicies [closed]

Is there a golden rule to create attractive shadows for websites(Specifically accessible from desktop browsers)? The reason I'm asking is that I have a perception that some shadows look better than ...
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How best to display multiple choices for multiple fields?

I have a tricky one. I need to let an IT administrator set the value for each field and assign that combination of values to an entity. (The following image shows a simplified example, where fields ...