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

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How to represent “Beginning of Time” and “Infinite Future”

I am working on a reporting application and we fetch several records based on their start/end date ranges. Users can choose to leave both start and/or end dates blank. Examples: Example 1 - Date: ...
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Isn’t the FAQ label obsolete by now?

Don’t get me wrong in the beginning of reading this. I really mean the label and not the content of FAQ. The content is very useful if its’ made the right way (as here on ux.se), but there are plenty ...
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Dark labels or light labels

Just wondering what your opinions are on html forms. Is it better to have a light coloured label and a dark coloured value or the other way round, a dark label with a light value? What are the ...
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Wording for “select folder which we're going to create a folder in”

I'm working on an installer wizard, and one of the things which happens once the wizard is run is the creation of a folder based on your project name We have a step in the wizard to choose where this ...
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condensing a long uninterrupted string

I have some URLs and emails that are output into a column with borders, which is sometimes too narrow for the data. As a result it "spills over" the border on the right. It's too late to change the ...
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How to best label age group boundaries?

We're organizing people into age buckets. For example: 0-20 yrs, 20-40yrs, 40-60yrs... I'm struggling with how to best label the age buckets, there are two options: (A) Don't repeat the values, so: ...
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“Save to PDF” single or combine label naming choices

I have a web browser for searching records. The returned search results allows user to multi-select multiple records via tick boxes then user can click "Save to PDF" button either as a single ...
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Which is more likely to be read and processed: (related) text placed above or below an image/video?

I'm thinking about layout on pages where the main asset is visual — for instance, a photo of an item from the collection on a museum website, or embedded video as on YouTube and many news sites. ...
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Best formatting (aligment) for of a list of facts

In an application (though what follows applies equal well to a report) there will be a panel which shows a list of various statistics or facts, of this general form: "Category: data". So, for ...
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Top-aligned labels for multi column form

I am designing a search screen where I have 7 fields and have split it into 3 columns with top-aligned labelling. Is it a good practice design a web form with top-aligned labels in a multicolumn? ...
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Label alignment for report fields

I've seen information that indicates that top aligned labels are more efficient for input forms. Does the same concept apply to labels on reports? Is top aligned better, or is it better to use ...
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Do icons need labels on mobile apps?

There have already been studies that prove labelling icons enhances usability on desktop applications. This is why Microsoft Outlook started labelling its icons. Does the same logic apply to ...
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Are grayscale buttons with icons usable and effective?

The image here is old gmail new gmail, when no mail is selected new gmail, when mail is selected new delicious To me, the buttons are unlabeled and tough to discover. I don't believe the ...
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How do you deal with multi-part labels along an axis of a bar chart?

I am developing mockups for several charts that we need to display. One of the recurring problems I encounter is that the labels for the category axis (y-axis in this case) are actually made of of ...
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Is “magic” an appropriate label for a sorting option?

Heuristic-based analysis is pretty common in certain applications, and Apple has gone so far as to create their own user-language to describe the hard computery stuff: "Genius". I don't know anyone ...
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Any alternative text labels for a “Race/Ethnicity” dropdown? [closed]

The phrase 'Race/Ethnicity' or "Race/Ethnic Origin" is used throughout various data reporting. It just looks so odd with a '/' slash. Any alternatives? Here are a few examples of the slash in 'real ...
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Choose, set, or edit?

In the situation where someone has not yet chosen to set some optional data (such as their display name, gender, or birthday), which term is the better description for the action which they take to ...
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Can anyone suggest a way to label a default phone number?

I couldn't come up with much more than simply putting (Default) next to the number, which I'm not too fond of. Example:
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How do you test phrasing of labels, links, and descriptive text?

At my workplace, an academic library, we often have extended conflicts over exactly how to phrase labels, links, and descriptive text. For example, one link on our home page goes to a list of topics, ...
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Files size units: “KiB” vs “KB” vs “KB”

I'm working on a web app that will show the size of certain files, and I'm wondering if there's any consensus about how to report the units of bytes. Technically the IEC has weighed in with an ...
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Use of 'read more' on teaser copy on index pages - is it necessary?

I have noticed that on a lot of news web sites that they no longer tend to use a 'click here' or a 'read more' link at the end of teaser text as a call to action. They tend to rely on the Article ...
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Icon for “title” and “subtitle” [closed]

I am creating a template for TV programme details. For each programme, I have a title and a subtitle. Instead of writing "Title" and "Subtitle" in full, I was thinking of using an icon. What icon ...
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Better label for this menu button

On this page, at the top, is a row of menu buttons. The leftmost of these buttons: carries the label "table config." Under the button, the user can (1) change the font size and spacing of rows and ...
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Is there a term/name for these labels?

Are there any conventional names for these informational labels?
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Should field labels be nouns or verbs?

On a web form should field labels be nouns or verbs? This issue arose from two fields on an account request form that currently read: Temporary Password Re-Enter Temporary Password There is debate ...
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Input field label position, in context of view and edit mode

We would like to use top aligned fields for our form page, wherein the label text is in bold and the input text, normal (not sure if this is the best scenario). In edit mode, this works fine. The same ...
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What is best practice for button labels?

What is the best practice when you're labeling your app buttons? For example, I have a button that links the user to the product reports page, will the button say "View Product Reports" or just ...
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Login wording: be terse?

I'm working on this login page: It has three "phrases" with more than 1 word, namely: Log in to your account Forgot your password? Create a new account. I have minimalist tendencies and would ...
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What is a better term for “un-pause”

I'm working on an application where users have a list of items to be reminded of (short explanation, but good enough). Users can pause items that they don't want to be reminded of, but they also need ...
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Is it a good idea to add tooltip to some text that says exactly the same?

Having tooltips on icons and images is understandable and the same goes for small pieces of links where tooltips may elaborate to the user what that particular link would do. Sometimes, however, ...
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What do you call your non-admin role?

I've come up with these. Basic User Regular User Default User Other ideas? Which is best?
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Field and label alignment with whitespace

I'm designing a form with a typical 970px wide page. I've been trying to read as much as possible for label alignments. What is the best way to solve an abundance of white space to the right of the ...
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Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?

Semantically, the Yes/No buttons are roughly equivalent to the Ok/Cancel buttons, but in general what would you recommend to use? Should I always use Yes/No or always use Ok/Cancel? Or does it depend ...
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On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field?

I am familiar with research on label placement to the left or above. I tend to go with right justified with the label to the left of the field for my form designs. However, inline placeholder text ...
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How should I align field “format” markers?

Let's say I have a form with fields that accept data in very specific formats, such as currency (£) or percentage (%). How should I convey that to a user? If I use 'sub-labels' (symbols that represent ...
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Input form label alignment top or left?

Although I have researched on input form label alignment, I need solid suggestion on when to use form label alignment top and when to use left and why? For example in the below form username and ...
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On a field label which should come first, the name of the field or the qualifier?

Two of the fields on our registration form are: Email Phone The client has requested we indicate that we are after the user's preferred email address and the user's preferred phone number. Two ...
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Advice on phrase to best communicate 'data snapshot' period to non-technical users

I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to best communicate to a non-technical user the concept of a 'data snapshot'. A bit of background on what I'm trying to do: Our analytics application ...
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Labeling of lightbox settings

Suppose we have a UI where the settings of a lightbox showing an image can be adjusted. It might look something like this: By "background" in the mockup above is really referred to overlay, but ...
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Should present or past tense be used for “Enable / Enabled” checkboxes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? When a checkbox enables a feature, is it more correct to use Enable [] or Enabled []? ...
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How to indicate right click functionality?

I am developing a Windows application where there is a lot of configuration and settings applied to multiple objects. There is a right click menu that is used to apply a predetermined group of ...
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How to describe integer and floating point entry fields?

I'm going to be presenting university students with an entry field, into which they will have to enter a value. The value might be an integer, or it might be a floating point value. I'm trying to work ...
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How do you deal with unusually long labels?

A piece of software that I'm updating uses some incredibly long labels, but due to the nature of the software (taxes and payroll) this seems unavoidable at times. On some pages, maybe 50% of the ...
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Best pattern for international address forms?

I've noticed an emerging pattern in web-based forms is to put the country field before city/state. This is contrary to how we would normally fill out an address on paper, but it allows us to have ...
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Labeling a multi-layered bar graph

Question I love Last.fm's bar graph. It allows me to quickly compare how someone plays one song over another. I'm trying to apply the same design to my app. It monitors the health of servers and ...
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Labeling/categorization of image corner options

In a CMS backend-context under image corner options, how to label/categorize the options? Suggestions for formats (imagine the bullet points are radio button-like options) including a few presets: ...
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Best Text for “Select All”/“Unselect All” Buttons with CheckLists

What would "better" text for buttons that select all items in a checklist: "Check All" / "Uncheck All" "Select All" / "Unselect All" or perhaps other text
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Two-Step Operations and Button Conventions

Our web application has three different operations that proceed as follows: The user is presented with a popup where different settings are selected. The user can click on a button labeled with the ...
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Which direction indicates newer/older?

So I'm reading some blogs and I get to the bottom of the page when I see a graphic similar to this: << Newer Posts Older Posts >> This makes sense to me. But then, quite often, ...