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

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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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3answers
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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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1answer
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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 ...
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When the username is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?

When the username for a service is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?
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Best way to label ranges of values

This is more or less a style guide question. I'm curious if anyone is aware of any official style guides that deal with this problem well. I tried to come up with a general approach but I'm curious to ...
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6answers
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How to display dynamic labels

Not sure 'dynamic labels' is even the best name for it. Example (mockup below): Think of a simple address including an input field for phone numbers. The phone number could be landline or mobile. ...
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How to label status on buttons?

I am looking for a clear labeling for a button that changes a status of an online test. Currently, while a user works on the test setup, the button says: In order to "publish" the test the user ...
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5answers
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Truncating long text labels - Best Practices?

I was wondering whether there are any studies around truncated labels, in case if they ever get too long and layouts can't fix it? Does it confuse users if a label is truncated with an ellipsis ...
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How can I best display these options?

We have a converter that enables you to state what amount you want in a currency or the amount you have in a currency. The problem I find is that we have these radio buttons that need to be selected ...
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1answer
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How can I get users to select options in the format “at least X MBit/s”?

I need a select box to filter a search result. The user can select: at least 1 MBit/s, at least 100 MBit/s, at least 1 GBit/s, at least 5 GBit/s or any. In fact we have the select already, there the ...
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1answer
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Winforms - Placing database operations above the form

Good day everyone! I would like to confirm on something that relates to database operation. Based on my research, we can use link labels as buttons and place real buttons when the function is more ...
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1answer
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User menu, User's menu, User profile, User activity or something different for block of menu of the user?

When you log in on the site, you have in a sidebar a menu of a user (block; or widget if you are familiar with WordPress) with links to his account settings, his comments, posts, private messages ...
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Are verbs necessary on field labels for a survey?

This is slightly different than this question regarding a small form. I have a multi-page survey that can take up to 10 minutes to complete. Right now, all of our prompts start with verbs, but I feel ...
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1answer
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“Save as” title for selecting location

i have an UI Element : download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I cant figure out the title/label I need to give this UI element. The element is used for choosing ...
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10answers
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'My Account' or 'Your Account'?

I want to put a link to an account page in a toolbar. What person should I use to refer to the user's settings? Should I call it 'My Account' or 'Your Account'? I've seen both is use, and I'm not sure ...
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How to indicate a form-field error?

I have two candidates for indicating that a form field is in an error state. Option 1 Option 2 Should the error icon be in the field, or next to the label? Or something else? Or does it not ...
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Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects?

I always do so because to me it feels nicer; it implies an action will happen on click. Especially for radio/checkbox labels, where the for attribute is correctly used. This is not the default ...
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Is it OK to change label alignment inside a form if labels vary greatly?

I am designing a form that asks for a lot of data in the form of Short Label [text input] However, in between all those short labels there's suddenly longer questions such as: Are there other ...
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How should I label a button which submits a form to start planning an event?

I have a simple form asking for this basic information: title, location, date, description, your name, invitees When the button is clicked the event is created and invite emails go out to all the ...