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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 ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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Why do most image gallery popups have Previous and Next arrows so far apart?

This is one of those things that has persisted on the web without getting fixed for so long that I'm starting to wonder if there's something wrong with me for having a beef with this design pattern. ...
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Is it a bad idea to resize fonts with the browser?

For certain special pages I want to put content all on one page. Think of them as cheatsheets (or similar) the idea being is that users should benefit from seeing the whole page in one glance. However ...
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Making mega-menus accessible for keyboard users

Here's the situation. A large corporate site has a mega-menu in the primary navigation. The secondary-level page areas are available from within this dropdown (in this example the secondary levels are ...
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How to structure Android app navigation with many levels?

The app I'm working on is a little like a set of sub-apps within one app, so the structure is basically as follows. Note that the subsections are a mix of tools and content (i.e. this isn't an app ...
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Touchscreen interface for menu and dropdown menu ease of use

I'm doing webpage design using Twitter Bootstrap's dropdown menu. Problem: Suppose I have a horizontal menu as shown in the Twitter Bootstrap documentation. That menu bar that list pages I want to ...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a ...
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UXD Methodology - Best practices for identifying a Global Navigation Toolbar implementation

I am part of a large webapp project, but a small UX team (we just went from 1 to 2, a few weeks ago). We were brought in terribly late in the process, to the point where there was literally no chance ...
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Showing a large amont of data on the iPhone

I have a large amount of data being drawn from a database to show on the iPhone screen. There will be around 100 fields for each record (100 records) Some will be links, Small images and some general ...
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Alternative to the tab bar (in iPhone app)

I have a project that has 8 different areas, e.g, travel, weather, etc. The front page is going to have 8 different icons; they will navigate to each section. I will then need something like a tab bar ...
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Where should a 404 page link back to?

This might be a no-brainer but I can't decide whether the 404 error page should link back to the page, from which the user has come, or should it direct to the main page where the user can navigate to ...
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Click on Logo no longer brings user to the homepage of a website, good?

The latest Google webpage redesign brings us a feature ( or a bug?): Clicking on the logo no longer brings user to the homepage of the website. This behavior is consistent across different Google ...
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Displaying Hierarchical Information in a Mobile App

trying to come up with a good way of presenting a hierarchy of information on a mobile device. Specifically, I wrote this Khan Academy app for Windows Phone: ...
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Language switch redirect to homepage or content page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Language switch redirect to homepage or content page I'm using a CMS that supports multiple languages and the build-in SEO tools are decent. The problem is that it ...
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Using a TabBar with slide out side menu?

I'm working on designing the layout for an iPhone app which will contain three tabs. I'm trying to eliminate the tab bar if possible, but I'm not sure what my alternatives are. I'm considering a ...
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What is the navigation concept Bootstrap uses called?

The Bootstrap documentation site uses a very interesting navigation concept. They have a per-page navigation bar that sticks on top of the page once you scroll down and highlights the current area on ...
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Navigation bar and Toolbar in ipad app at top of screen - apple's approval?

I'm a newbie. I have got a wire frame for ipad application, in which navigation bar and tool bars are placed on the top. And back button is placed in toolbar. Whether it violates apple's guidelines or ...
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Back button (or similar) and breadcrumbs, or just breadcrumbs

Should a website that keeps track of 'Breadcrumbs' need to provide a back button, or similar means of returning to the parent page on each 'subpage'? To give a visual example: Here is my main page ...
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Navigating a section in which content displayed varies depending on selected year

I have a page that lists a bunch of events depending on what year is given to the site (current, or via URL): The page happens to be at the front of a sub-section, so I have the site's main ...
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Is it a problem to have a link to 'View Your Basket' and 'Go To Checkout' that both go to the same place?

I have an eComm site i'm specing at the moment. When you add stuff to the basket the on-page basket at the top of the page will update to give you a running total with links to view the full basket as ...
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Responsive website - navigation usability advice

I am developing a site which is to respond to different screen sizes. The site is fairly large and has up to 4 levels deep in terms of page/menu hierarchy. What I am wrestling with now is how to adapt ...
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Breadcrumbs and selected page

I have a unique situation (if there is another post here outlining it please link to me so I can remove mine). I have a menubar at the top of my page with six links in it. Each link will take you to ...
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Using the About page as a homepage

Would it work? Are there any reasons not to do it? I don't have much content since it's a small website with 5 sections (About, Products, Gallery, Downloads, Contact). Would it be recommended for ...