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Kiosk and back button

I'm designing a kiosk app, we have 2 navigation elements; 1 button for the main menu and 1 for 'back'. So my question is: When should we show the back button? For example, after selecting a menu ...
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How should I toggle navigation for 2 distinct user types

I am trying to determine a method that will allow visitors to toggle between two categories of users. The high level navigation: For Professionals vs. For Users Many product categories within ...
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Dropdown navigation menus - should top menu option link to content?

I have a client with a group of users which seem to have constant troubles using a menu like these two examples: Pages (links to a list of pages in a grid from where the user has access to ...
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Suitable alternative to trackbar control

I use a track bar control in two different places in an touch-screen application I have. The first to record a specific amount of Data. (lets say 260 samples) the second to record an unlimited amount ...
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Forward and back buttons for navigating through images

I have a window with forward and back buttons in the navigation area above the image view. The left one is forward and the right one is back. When the view is first opened, it display the newest ...
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Navigation above site header?

I am creating a site where I have decided to place the navigation bar above the site header (below). I was just wondering if anyone has experience using this technique in a website, and had any ...
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Should Navigation menu have a fix position in application with greater width?

I am developing a web app with 1280px width. Planning to keep 1024 for content and remain as Menu with fixed position. On scrolling main content the menu will not scroll. Will this be a good for ...
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Displaying a large number of tables

We're designing a search feature which returns results from many different tables. The user searches for something and the application returns all the tables answering the search query. The user ...
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Site with full width navigation bar and header but pages that vary in width

this has been kinda asked before but my need is slightly different and would like to ask for opinion. In short, my site has a couple of pages that need to have full page layout, namely, a map and a ...
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What should be done when user leaves a web page either by clicking the browser back button, closes tab or F5?

I noticed in SharePoint 2010 publishing pages that the page content is being saved if user clicks the browser back button or closes browser tab without warning him if he needs to save content or not? ...
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Usability of multi-level tabs versus dropdown menu for navigation

We're in the middle of a redesign of our client portal, and there's been some discussion about whether to pursue a multi-level tab design or a dropdown menu (used on the current version of the ...
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How do I handle secondary navigation within a wizard-style form that will work for touch screens?

I am working on redesigning the UI for a Web app that registers users for something work-related (so my audience is captive). One of the main reasons for the redesign is to make it mobile-friendly; I ...
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Usability research on sticky headers?

Sticky (or fixed) headers are not so uncommon nowadays, and for a large website that relies heavily on catalog and search functionality it may be a good choice to aid the user. As I am currently ...
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Starting Instant Search as you type

This is something I've implemented in a Game Library application, the ability to type a letter or a number and have the search box go instantly into focus and search through your library as you type. ...
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If a microsite uses the same logo as the main site, which “home” should it link to?

Which 'home' should the microsite's logo link to - the main site or the microsite? Consider that... The content and layout of the microsite is the only differentiator Half the users reach the ...
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Best Place for a Back Button on a 7" Tablet Menu

I'm currently building the interface of an Android Tablet digital restaurant menu. The user is going to be able to navigate between categories and dishes lists and navigate back as well. I'm finding ...
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How to present articles & videos in the same section

This might seem really obvious but i'm working on a cookery site and under the tab 'How to cook' there will be videos to show you this as well as step-by-step articles the user can print. Within this ...
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Should 'Home' be included in website breadcrumbs?

This may vary based on your site hierarchy and IA but when configuring breadcrumbs should they include home or stop the first filter (categories, for example). Which is better? I have seen both used ...
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Navigation & Link Hover State

Note: Please link me if this has been asked, I couldn't find what I was looking for I just had a conversation with my mate who is an Art Director in regards to a website he designed, when it was ...
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Is the logo good enough to use as a link back to the main menu for a childrens website?

We have created a fruits and vegetables game for children where they have to choose the correct vegetable in a grid of vegetables. This is a web based game. In this game, we have a logo at the top of ...
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Mobile App Back Button Placement

I am building a mobile application that uses a button to launch the navigation menu (much like the Path or Facebook interface). I also want to add a back button. The standard seems to be to place ...
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How to organise navigation items with quasi parent-child relationships

I'm looking for an effective way to organise navigation items where some items are closely related to another in the same list. This is how they're currently listed: Home Users Teams Products Groups ...
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What is a good alternative to drop-down menus for site navigation on touch-screen/mobile devices?

We're in the process of redesigning our website, and one of the design goals is to make the site more mobile/tablet friendly. Our current site is very large, and the navigation is somewhat ...
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Pagination on navigation links?

On a web application we have two ways to navigate to our collaborative project sites. One is the “recent visits” and the other is alphabetical. That navigation element has a fixed element height of ...
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Best practice for translating context menu options to touch devices?

I'm building a photo site that must allow users to manage thousands of photos via paged thumbnails on a big desktop. I also want to offer a touch interface that is both usable and delightful on the ...
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Is there any research or data on horizontal vs. vertical navigational menus?

I've seen many sites using both horizontal (top) navigation, vertical (left) navigation, and both across web sites for a long time. My understanding is that they're both conventions, but I would ...
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What is the standard on always showing/not-showing second level navigation?

Our website has a global horizontal main menu that drops down to show all second-level navigation items. We have requirements to build our website no wider than 1000px (according to web stats of ...
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Icon-only navigation bar for a desktop application?

I am working on a groupware application running as a desktop application (not in the browser). I wanted to keep the interface really simple and minimalistic so my users will not get distracted by a ...
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How to arrange Buttons and Tabs together?

A web app has two parts - A header and A body. The header consists of a set of tabs. When hovered on, the body is loaded with appropriate content. One of the tabs, is also clickable (In the mock - ...
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Should the same element provide navigation and interaction?

I have a typical tree navigation with a property window on the right side which configures the selected element. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Now this ...
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Mixing Full Page-Width Navbar With A 960px Body

Is there ever a use case for mixing a full-width top navigation bar (meaning the navigation bar content is also full-width) with a contained body (around 960px)? What are the benefits or drawbacks to ...
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If a sticky window panel is larger than the screen size, how should I display it?

I have one panel at the right where users can choose search options that is a sticky panel. However, on different screen sizes etc., if the height of this panel is higher than the screen height not ...
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Is it harder to locate a link in the side navigation compared to top navigation

Most of the side navigations scroll along with the page and the problem I find when using those kind of websites is that you can't remember the position of the link as while scrolling you are ...
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What's this called and how does it fare from a UI perspective?

The Facts About Coventry website has a flash plugin app for navigation of data (bottom half of the page). It's a big circle where you can hover over the icons to get a description of the category and ...
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How can I differentiate Online products vs “Offline” products?

I'm helping re-design a website which has some products that can be purchased online and some which can only be purchased offline in physical stores. Both the products you can buy and can't buy need ...
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Horizontal menu in multiple rows - or is there a better way

I have a desktop app with a horizontal menu. Now the number of options is getting too numerous, so users with standard screen resolutions would soon face horizontal scrolling. But the menu options ...
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Mirror top navigation order between left to right-languages and right to left-languages?

It's common to see international companies and organizations having a global web site with several country web sites. The country web sites is often translated to the countries' own language, which ...
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Responsive Web Primary Menu - Show as expanded or contracted by default?

For a responsive website where - at a set break-point - the primary navigation contracts to as single menu item that opens and closes the navigation menu (See the Starbucks.com site for an example) is ...
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Need help Displaying an Elimination Chart on a small display (iPhone/Android/etc..)

I'm building an Application for mobile device that needs to display an Elimination Bracket for a tournament (16, 8, 4, 2, 1) I haven't seen any application doing something similar and I'm "jammed" ...
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Would Breadcrumbs be effective if they incorporate Dropdowns?

I'm currently thinking about adding a quite comprehensive section to a website: the section I'm talking about starts at level 3 of the overall website and itself has another four structural levels. ...
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How to deal with multilevel menus

I trying to design a horisontal menu that sometimes will go three levels down. The thing that drive me crazy is to know if I should show all the levels. For example: About us, Products, Contact ...
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Is it appropriate to use the title attribute in a menu link?

My inclination is towards 'no', because on hovering over the centre of a menu link in Chrome, the display of the title attribute's contents covers the rest of the menu, which provides for a poor ...
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Subnavigation on iPhone

If your app has a bottom tab nav, and you want to open another page that has a contextual sub-nav, where do you place this sub-nav? How do you decide?
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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 ...
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Breadcrumb menu in the footer

I'm a big fan of the Apple web site. However, I was wondering why they have put their breadcrumb menu in the footer. I thought the idea of the breadcrumb menu was to let the visitors to get a quick ...
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Best way to present navigation for mobile? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to structure Android app navigation with many levels? What is the best way to present navigation with around 3 levels of sub-categories for mobile? The problem is ...
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Best Way to Handle on Unknown Number of Tabs

I'm currently on a project where a user can add "tabs" to their page. Something like: Home | About | Blog | Cats | Music I Like They are allowed to enter as many tabs as they want (well, in theory. ...
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Which of the following options best draws attention to the “buy tickets” action without detracting from the surrounding visual hierarchy?

I'm working on touching up (as much as I'm allowed) some of the design elements for a website. One client requirement is to draw more attention to the "buy tickets" link as this action is one that ...
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Positioning Back, Cancel and Next in a full screen wizard

Hi I have a full screen wizard that like many wizards has the back, cancel and next buttons. What is the optimum way of positioning these buttons on the screen? Are there any studies that have ...
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Option for switching between a table or a list view necessary?

I have noticed that a lot of web sites that contains product category pages give the user an option to toggle between a list view and a table view of their products. Usually the only difference ...