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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

16
votes
10answers
871 views

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 ...
41
votes
6answers
2k views

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'?
5
votes
3answers
247 views

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 ...
2
votes
6answers
315 views

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. ...
6
votes
7answers
479 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
380 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
46 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
100 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
84 views

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 ...
21
votes
5answers
638 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
73 views

“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 ...
75
votes
10answers
6k views

'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 ...
7
votes
7answers
787 views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
179 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
85 views

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 ...
5
votes
5answers
268 views

What is the preferrable name for the Jobs / Careers / 'Work For Us' area of a website?

I am trying to talk a client out of changing the label "Careers" to "Jobs" or "Working with [my clients rather long name]". I have not tested this (yet) but my intuition is that "Careers" is a very ...
4
votes
1answer
674 views

ux review word for select all

Is is ok to use Select/Deselect All here or better to shorten it to only select all. Would the users know that if they uncheck the "select all" checkbox. Everything will be disselected
3
votes
3answers
158 views

How do I display two different actions on a page that have basically the same behaviour?

I am designing an application where I can share a call plan with friends and family. For this I have a requirement to provide actions to block a user from using a product and also to delete a user ...
1
vote
1answer
126 views

How to classify content and actions?

How can I classify a type of action or content? Such as distinguishing two actions and content, the Customer and the Seller. Would the use of colours be convenient? Example: Blue buttons indicate ...
24
votes
4answers
3k views

HTML label association with inputs; bad UX?

I'm a web developer having a weird UX issue. When I build HTML forms, I ensure that every input's label is implemented through a <label></label> tag and that each label uses the for ...
20
votes
5answers
1k views

Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...
2
votes
1answer
136 views

Is the label orientation on this product a message from the manufacturer?

I posted a question on the DIY SE site, and it was recommended that maybe a part of it would be better asked here. Consider these two outlets: The blue WR logo indicates that the outlet is ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Which is better to design a Filter?

Which is better for filter, select a single value: Check box ( Use js to keep single selection ) Dropdown list Radio buttons Highlighted labels download bmml source – Wireframes ...
4
votes
2answers
98 views

How to differentiate between items a user 'Appreciates' and the 'Appreciations Received' from others

I am building a feature that gives my users the ability to "Appreciate" other users' images, posts and content. But I can not find a elegant method of displaying the two different types of ...
29
votes
3answers
2k views

Is the Windows Start button an example of poor mapping?

In my recent course on HCI, I've been told that start button on Windows systems is an example of poor mapping. The reason for that, as explained in materials, is that it doesn't start anything, but ...
13
votes
2answers
656 views

Have usability studies been conducted on the use of alphanumeric characters as labels for controller buttons?

Controller Question Over the years there have been a wide variety of home consoles each with their own (mostly) unique controller designs1. One thing that most consoles have in common is their use of ...
3
votes
2answers
287 views

Is changing a checkbox label's function to invoke an informational popover confusing?

I want to provide a short description for each criteria in a search filter. Would it be confusing to display a popover when the user clicks the label instead of changing the state of its checkbox? ...
5
votes
5answers
265 views

Alternative label for “Solutions” tab in main menu?

Analytics and heatmap testing show that users don't really click on the "Solutions" tab in our main menu. My guess is that this is because the "Solutions" label is overused and users are a bit blind ...
3
votes
2answers
343 views

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: ...
21
votes
9answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
6answers
846 views

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 ...
5
votes
6answers
805 views

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 ...
4
votes
4answers
149 views

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 ...
7
votes
2answers
483 views

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: ...
5
votes
2answers
111 views

“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 ...
18
votes
5answers
1k views

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. ...
5
votes
1answer
142 views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

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? ...
5
votes
2answers
234 views

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 ...
8
votes
5answers
742 views

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 ...
19
votes
7answers
1k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
171 views

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 ...
13
votes
8answers
485 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
668 views

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 ...
2
votes
6answers
190 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
130 views

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:
9
votes
2answers
265 views

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, ...
15
votes
5answers
10k views

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 ...