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Validation / Dirty Flag: should we force users to fix invalid entries before they move to another screen in the software?

Scenario: User makes a series of entries in text fields on a page that requires apply/cancel buttons. Invalid entries are flagged with an error icon and hover-over tooltips that explain the ...
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Tap to hover and double-tap to click?

One of the limitations in mobile design is the lack of any sort of hover state. This is especially problematic when it comes to tooltips. So why isn't the system one where: single tap = hover and ...
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Multiple choices + search field

I'm planning a new website for my company and I have a problem in designing my menu/search menu. I have a menu with 18 categories arranged horizontally. I also have favorites/saved criteria (eg ...
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Long web form, use multiple “pages” or one long scrollable form?

Do most users find filling out a form to be less frustrating when form chunks are separated into pages (essentially tab navigation), or do they find that annoying and prefer it to be one long ...
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circular navigation from a ux perpective good or bad? (example provided) [closed]

I'm playing with the idea of circular navigation but I'm not sure if it is a good implementation. Any guidance would be appreciated.
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Best way to add navigation for a site with lots of pages

I am designing a knowledge center site for a large consumer company. Currently there are more than 800 pages on the site that are all different. In order to navigate the site, we decided to go with ...
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Switching which side a sidebar is on

My boss insists on occasionally doing designs for our firm. The unfortunate part is he often does odd things. One such thing is that he likes to switch what side the sidebar is on dependent on the ...
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Horizontal & Side Nav

What do you think about having a site with a main navigation that sometimes calls for a sub navigation on the side but other times does not. So the pages will have some inconsistency when it comes to ...
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Swipe in which direction to get to the next newest article? [duplicate]

I'm working on iPad and mobile app and want to add the option to swipe the article to get the next one. In order to get newer article what should be the direction of the swipe?
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How to let the user decide to keep the state of a site

I’m looking for ideas to resolve the following: In a Web application with different parts that don’t have a direct relation it should be possible to switch between these parts and not losing the ...
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Nested menus on small screen

I have a small number of pages but one page had a few sub pages. In mobile I was happy to have the nav open like so. More sub pages have now been added to the sub pages so the mobile nav looks ...
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The Balance of Content vs. Navigation on Content Pages

Often we reason with start pages, and landing pages when it comes to User Experience design. What to put there and what not to. But my question regards content pages, and how much of the available ...
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Where would you place scroll indicator buttons? Left or right of content?

I was wondering if there were any A/B tests carried out for where scroll indicator buttons should be placed. See for example Acquia.com, they have up and down scroll buttons placed, which is good for ...
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What is the best way to transition between chapters using a dragging/swipe motion?

My team and I are developing a book reading/Bible app, and we want the user will be able to switch chapters. We are considering implementing it in one of two ways: By dragging past the end of the ...
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For usability testing - How do you handle external links in main navbar?

We are currently creating a new test homepage that we will divert part of the traffic from the main site to so that we can test conversion rates. This site unfortunately will not have all the pages ...
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What type of menu is this? And is it good to use?

Does anybody know what this type of menu is called? Something like on SitePoints website and maybe the one on Pure. The colorful menus is what I'm asking about. And are they good to use?
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What do you call an experience where the navigation or menu is the only thing on a homepage?

For example. This design was used frequently when mobile websites first became a hit. I don't see it as much anymore but I'm considering using it for a web app I'm working on. Just wondering what ...
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How to handle the Drill Down Navigation for Responsive Application on Mobile?

I am working on a Responsive Web App. It provides summary across different verticals. To view details of a vertical user can drill down. So far the drill down goes till level 5. The Navigation for ...
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“Tags” vs “Topics” as terminology for the masses?

StackExchange uses "Tags" which I feel might be more geared towards a tech-savvy audience. For the mainstream users, do you think "Tags" works or would they understand "Topics" better?
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Submenu or second nav bar?

I find myself in a bit of a pickle with a website I designed and coded myself. Basically, I've gotten to a point where I need some sort of secondary menus on certain pages for example user profiles ...
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Avoiding the use of landing pages

Working on a website that has 3 levels. Some of the second level pages have sub-pages beneath and therefore become landing pages to access the third level content. They just seem incredibly pointless ...
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Navigation toolbar design

I'm working on a new web page using a navigation toolbar at the top of the screen. There is an employee profile box on the left, certifications (if any for that employee) in the center of the toolbar ...
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loading new view from which direction ? L2R or R2L?

I've been developing mobile apps using sencha touch for quite a time now. In that, whenever a new view is to be loaded, default animation direction is from Right-to-Left. This can be seen in android ...
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Navigation-back button and/or Cancel button in upper-left corner of iOS data entry screen?

I have an iOS screen that is usually used for data entry but is occasionally used to later view the data that's been entered. For data entry, it seems like the iOS convention (e.g. stock email app) ...
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Pros/cons: segmented control (tab) in the nav bar on iPhone?

I am considering having a segmented control in the navigation bar in the iPhone app. Are there any known drawback of having it in the navigation bar vs. body? Perhaps, less space for other controls in ...
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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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Is having a side nav and a top nav a bad idea? Why?

This is what I mean: The idea is that one navigation is the main one and the other one a second level. Is it a bad idea? If so, why? Also, which navigation should be the main one? I'm inclined to ...
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What do you think of double tab navigation? Could you provide a better solution in this case?

We are currently thinking of a redesign of our corporate site: http://www.active.hu/en/introduction I would like to replace the double tab navigation in the top, because it takes a huge amount of ...
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Switch from top nav to icon based left sidebar on dashboard views

I've been noticing an increasing number of new dashboard design that use an icon based left sidebar as oppose to top nav. Is there a UX reason for this change or is this strictly a design trend? e.g. ...
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Responsive navigation menu: With or without animation?

When it comes to responsive navigation patterns, I often find myself using the "slide down pattern": Source Now there are at least two ways to build something like that: With slide animation ...
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Responsive design - 2 levels of navigation

I'm working on a responsive website, the desktop view has 2 levels of navigation. The sitemap roughly looks like this: Cat1 SubCat1 SubCat2 SubCat3 Cat2 SubCat1 SubCat2 SubCat3 SubCat4 Cat3 ...
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Multiple methods of navigating backwards from a web app's detail page

I've got a situation where there's a list, and each item in the list contains a detail page. Lets say it's a list of users in a table or something, and clicking on a user brings you to a page with ...
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Repeating Sidebar and Nav titles within the Page view

Should I repeat the active (selected) navigation (either top or sidebar) title within the page view itself? My current opinion is that it should not repeat as long as the tab that is active is clearly ...
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Urls for page state in a single page app

In a single page web application that uses hashes/pushstate to create urls is it considered a good idea to use urls to record page state? An example would be adding a url to record the selection of a ...
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Position of content above the main navigation

Had a meeting with our Product Manager yesterday and he's requested that we put content above our site design's main navigation. Specifically, his request was to put the end-clients logo in the top ...
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Search vs. Browse [closed]

I'm told that many sites are following in Facebook's foot-steps and moving towards Search-based navigation and minimizing or eliminating browse capabilities. Is this the best idea? Also, other than ...
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Where to place secondary table

I have a 'primary table' of let's say, 'Suppliers'. Each supplier supplies certain parts which are displayed in a 'secondary table' called 'Parts'. When the users clicks on a row in the supplier ...
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Examples of site navigation that aren't a top or side nav? [closed]

I've been making a few websites for classes and I'm wondering if anybody's seen some good examples of websites that do not use a top bar or sidebar for navigation, AND if those websites funciton as ...
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New navigation pattern - Time.com

Recently I ran across Time.com's new navigation pattern. What do we call this? What do you think about it? What is the use case for it? My first impressions for the large screen are: the site is ...
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What should be taken into account when designing easily identifiable symbols?

I am currently designing a website with multiple filters. The first set will be Food, Shelter, Energy, Transport and Economy. Each of these will have five sub-sections and then there will be a long ...
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Rules for primary navigation in content-driven web sites

I mostly work on content-heavy web sites (as opposed to more app-like products). I tend to assert some ground rules regarding primary navigation for menus for proper information design without having ...
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Should users be able to navigate a relational Data Model?

Background: I'm primarily doing database, data-quality and data modelling development at my department. I'm trying to get people to integrate all their separate data into one data model, with the ...
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When is a bottom, fixed, main navigation appropriate?

I am creating a UI for a client, they are looking for a UI that includes a dashboard and several other pages for their clients to monitor their own accounts/sales. I've been playing around with a ...
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How do I best maintain top level nav links when they open a dropdown on click instead of hover?

I'm working on a Bootstrap site and having difficulties figuring out the best solution for structuring the nav. There will be about 5 top level items, each with their own subpages accessible through ...
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Omitting pop-up based navigation

I'm currently working on an Android app designed like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I have a ActionBar containing tabs that represent different ...
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Best practice for site navigation targeting two audiences

I'm developing a website for a company website that targets two audiences: consumers and wholesalers. The menu items and content available for each group is completely different. Does it make sense ...
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Should I put next and previous buttons on a touch device

I am updating some e-learning templates to be used on touch devices. Is it necessary to keep the next/previous buttons for smaller screens or will all user assume they can swipe to next and previous ...
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Navigation bar and buttons considerations for iOS

I have some questions regarding navigation bars and their usage in iOS apps, both from the point of view of UX and Apple´s submission and human interface guidelines: 1) Since the iOS Human Interface ...
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When do you apply a persistent navigation - is there a minimum page length?

We have pages where it is a very long list of products (often using infinite scrolling), which a persistent navigation would be a very useful device. However, what about shorter pages that are long ...
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Working out the site navigation

I've been tasked with a corporate website re-design. The first thing I did was a content audit. A column in my audit was 'content type' I went through every page of the website and recorded the ...