Usually non-interactive text on in UI used to guide the user as to what information is needed or presented.

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Text for auto save option

I have a UI on a thick client which has a textbox to enter number of minutes. These number of minutes are used by the application to determine when should the save operation be performed. Like if a ...
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Correct wording in UI

I want to insert a sub menu called "X axis". Should it be "X axis", "X-axis" or something else?
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Users Entering Email Address Instead of Mailing Address (Web Form)

Are there any recommended ways to encourage/remind users to enter their mailing address instead of email address into webforms when appropriate? We have been having this problem way more than I would ...
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Standardizing button naming in a website

I am trying to determine how to name buttons in a global element document: There are two types of scenarios where buttons are used: (1) User submits a request and (2) Approver approves or rejects ...
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Best way to layout information to optimize readability

The application I am designing is a large table of information that is updating in real time. The rows in the table are live orders in the companies system, our users scan through the list items, ...
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Is it ok to change the label of a button depending of the user's choices?

Let's take the example of a page at the end of an app signup process. This page will allow the user to finish the process, so I will place a button labeled "Complete Your Registration" and in the ...
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When to use Acronyms

The project I'm working on at the moment wants to use the software we're working on as an opportunity to homogenize the use of certain terminology across the whole organization. (To give you an idea, ...
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How to label Table Header Label Date vs. Date/Time

I have a table with a date time column. Right now the label reads "Closure Date" and it seems fine to me. I was wondering it was better practice to label it something like "Closure Date/Time". See ...
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Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the right?

I'd very much like to get some feedback on this, as of right now, it is a point of contention among the devs at my office and myself. Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the right? ...
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Communicating that only one object can be “default”

A project we're working on has place objects with attributes like name, address, phone number, and URL. Users can view a place and click to call, map, or browse their site. In our project, one and ...
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Best empirical method(s) for determining how to name something?

I'm a UX/UI designer leading the redesign of a web application that serves a primarily technical audience (DevOps professionals). A primary goal of our redesign is to make the UI more accessible to ...
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Form label alignment for fields that are not completed in a logical order

I'm defining a project based around inputting telephone enquiries into a form. The enquiries are conversation-based rather than in a question-answer format, so the responses could come in in any ...
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Should I use placeholders in just some of the form fields?

Suppose we've got a form with a number of input supported with labels and placeholder. Label helps to identify the whole input idea (whether it's for First name or Salary). The purpose of placeholder ...
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Are there any standards on when to use placeholder text vs. tooltips?

To assist an user entering some data in an <input> field, we're planning to provide tooltips and placeholder. Wanted to understand the guidelines and standards on 'when' to use placeholder vs. ...
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How to label a view toggle that determines whether to show “checks” and “deposits” in separate tables or to combine all transactions in a single table

I am working on an accounting form that shows a month's worth of bank transactions. The transactions can be displayed as either one table showing checks and another table showing deposits or as a ...
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Two common general terms on the same screen

I recently raised an issue with my team about having two input areas on the screen using two similar terms that might cause confusion to the user. On the screen there is a field to enter comments and ...
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What to call the “Short News” section/module?

I have a classic section called "Latest News & Articles" which is in the bigger left column. But then I want to have a block with "short news" like here (screenshot from games.cz): In Czech ...
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Login page & user parameters page: “password” field VS. “passphrase” field

For a secure application, we push users to use passphrases instead of passwords. We've got some explanations in the password change page. For the field, we use the label "passphrase" to push again the ...
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Best practices for naming steps in a workflow (status labels)?

I've been unable to find a good guide for naming steps in a workflow (status labels). What are some principles / best practices? If you're curious, my specific case is: I have a system where users ...
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Should you still include “Follow us” with your social icons on the web? [closed]

I have been seeing a weaning out of the label follow us with social icons. Tell me if you think it adds value or doesn't affect the site. An example of a site that uses it is Mod Cloth. One that ...
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Menu Label to Combine Contact & Subscribe Page Links

I a looking for a naming suggestion for a menu label that will drop down links to two separate pages: Contact & Subscribe. The Contact link goes to a form, the Subscribe link goes to a ...
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“Expiry date” or “Expiration date” label

What is the best form label to use for the credit card expiry date (during a checkout process on an eCommerce website)? I've done some research and noticed that some sites use 'Expiration date' and ...
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Which phrase is better: “Sort chronologically” or “Sort by date”?

I'm adding on to an advanced search screen, the standard few sort orders: by date, by name, etc. I'm just wondering what the more commonly used/accepted way of phrasing it would be. "Chronologically" ...
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Finding a label for items that don't fit into categories

I'm maintaining a reporting application. When displaying data, there is an option of displaying a certain number of items explicitly and lumping together other items into a single category. For ...
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Should images be given alt text if they contain no information?

Example: a biography page with a picture of the person. The image contains no useful information, yet it adds enough emotional value to the page that simply removing it is not the solution. If you ...
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What's a better label for the traditional “Browse…” button for selecting files to upload?

I've been working on an advanced file uploader, complete with folders and animated progress bars, and wanted to improve the vague "browse" button generally used for launching a file selector window. ...
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What would you label 'Delete oldest and Save' action?

The (iPad) app has a limit to the number of sessions which can be saved. Once the limit is reached, when the user tries to save a new session he gets a dialog box telling: You can either delete ...
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How to phrase button labels?

How should I phrase the following button labels: "Import image" or "Import an image"? "Create app" or "Create an app"? "Add description" or "Add a description"? If you could also supply the ...
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Break up options in a drop down by scope

I'm working on a social application whose main component we'll call Object. On the Object view there is a drop down that can contain as many as 9 options. Some of these options impact only a single ...
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Graphic content label

I'm working on a project in which we are labeling content to inform, not warn, the user (editors) that videos contain nudity, death, violence or adult language. We are not trying to discourage ...
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Label for a results page: List View vs.?

I'm working on a look-up tool that enables users to search for various physical assets that they own, and present them with a number of "results", either in a List View or in an Overview ...
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Styling Labels for a Line-of-Business Web Application

I'm looking for some guidance on how labels should be styled for a data entry web application. My client feels that the labels detract from the user interface where I feel they provide necessary ...
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When is it okay to give a form inconsistent label placements?

I am attempting to redesign an internal form that we use to set up new clients. I am repositioning the labels on the left hand side of the form elements to being on top of the elements. I think this ...
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Marking contact as primary?

Currently in the application that I am designing, we are displaying just a short amount of contact information, which means that if the contact has 4 different numbers (i.e. mobile,home,work,fax), ...
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Which label is better USP or “About me”? [closed]

Which label is better USP or some thing else? USP(unique selling proposition) is a marketing concept that was first proposed as a theory to understand a pattern among successful advertising ...
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Which label is a better option CSV or attachments? [closed]

Referring to the image below, should I use 'CSV' (Comma Separated Values) as a label or something else?
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Indicate mixed good and bad rating

I have an app that allows users to self-evaluate decisions. At the most basic level, events will be marked positively and/or negatively indicating whether the decisions were good or bad. For ...
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Why do menu labels behave differently in desktop applications and websites?

In a desktop application when you click a menu, you see all the options which reside within it, in a drop-down/pop-up list. In many websites with a navigation menu which has sub-categories, I have ...
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Is it necessary to use titles on the navigation bar of an iOS app, or could I get away with displaying the logo all the time?

Within my app there are several views accessible from a side navigation pull-out panel. Is it necessary to put the title in the navigation bar all the time?
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Having two different label alignments in one website / application

I've come to learn that label alignments have their purposes: top-aligned / right-aligned for faster completion (usually for forms asking common information) while left-aligned for slowing down ...
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What do you think is a better label “New” or “Add”

At the moment I am building a web application that stores a lot of data inside of tables. In each of the pages containing the tables the users have many actions; they can add, delete, or edit the ...
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What call to action to use on a button that sends an e-mail with order details?

On a website you can use your e-mail address to view your current order status. No personal identifiable information is displayed. However, you can let the website resend the full order confirmation ...
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Is there a better label for the “OK” button in message boxes with just one button?

Having read "Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?", I do understand that message boxes with two or more buttons should use verbs instead of e.g. Yes and No. To further improve the user ...
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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut

If I have a button that has the caption _Save then when it shows up on the screen it will show the S as underlined. This tells the user that Alt+S will make that button "press". But what is the ...
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Labels inside or outside text inputs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field? Are there any advantages / disadvantages in placing ones labels outside ones text inputs ...
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Natural language vs. Tech language?

Redesign of eBay reminds me of an old debate I had with fellow UX designers: is natural language always better than artificial tech language (even if it addresses clear mental model)? Let me give you ...
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Showing read only data in a label on a form (508 implications) [closed]

One of the definitions of a HTML label is: The HTML label element associates a piece of text to a control What is the correct way to render HTML when the label itself is NOT "for" another label? ...
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What are the rules of using ellipsis on buttons

I read about the rules of using ellipsis (three dots ...) in a menu command: Indicate a command that needs additional information (including a confirmation) by adding an ellipsis at the end of ...
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What to do when customers search for “Cheap” when you want to convey “Quality”?

An ecom client that I am working with has an interesting SEO challenge. They sell products that they want to convey quality and value; however, the #1 thing searched for on Google, Bing, and their ...