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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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On a click, show a stub or not?

Consider a click event that would cause a significant change of view (e.g. going from a list of items to a detail view of a single item). What is a better experience: Switch to a stub view which ...
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Action inside a table vs. Specific screen for the action?

So.. My webapp is targeted for Human Resources departament. The app has a screen that list Positions. Now I'll have two new requisites in the application which are: The user might be able to ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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What is the value of FAQs on a product website?

I am re-designing a product site, and the client insists on having a FAQs section. I originally placed it in an area of low prominence on the site, but now the client is questioning it. What is the ...
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Why does the Google logo sometimes take you back to search and sometimes take you back to the product?

The title is a little lengthy -- I know -- but please bear with me on this one. I observed today that some Google sub-sites (namely Google Images, Google Books, Google Shopping) redirect to Google's ...
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Does navigation menu have to mirror the actual page structure in my site?

Can I put items in a navigation menu list, that don't actually mirror the website pages structure ? e.g. if the pages in the site follow this structure: Homepage |--Products |--Product 1 ...
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Android app - Look and feel

I'm developing my first app for Android. It's a small productivity app for smartphones and tablets. (I'm using Flash CS5 and Adobe Air to build it.) Is it recommended to use/copy the native Android ...
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What's the best position for the global navigation of an application within an intranet site that has its own global navigation?

I'm designing an interface for an application that is most likely going to sit within our intranet. Users will access it from our intranet and we feel that it will make their jobs easier if they have ...
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How to tell the user to click to edit data

I'm developing a website which basically contains all the info about a serie of projects (a few hundreds). Each project has its dedicated page with all info about it (dates, classifications, schedule, ...
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Task-based navigation with menu-items expanding to Mega Menus

First let me apologize for the length of this question, but I want to explain it pretty thoroughly. Some background/rationale first: As part of the design of a new travel website I've gone with a ...
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Training Video Section of website

I'm looking for some help with my training video user experience. http://advantageanywhere.com/advantageUniversity.html I'm currently working on a training area where the new users of our ...
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Should links that bring up a jQuery UI dialog be uniform or different than site hyperlinks?

I have page containing two types of links: Standard Hyperlink: navigates to a webpage jQuery dialog link: displays a jQuery modal dialog explaining a term in more detail Here is a sample: ...
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Scrollbars in right-to-left layout

I'm currently developing the Arabic version of an existing iOS app. iOS always displays scroll bars on the right. Should they be displayed on the left in RTL mode? With right-aligned content (images ...
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What are some best practices in picking navigation bar background color? [closed]

I am using twitter bootstrap and I don't like the default dark gray background color for the navbar. So I was thinking of chosing a different color. But being a programmer and not a designer first ...
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Multi Select hierarchy for Mobile Design

I am working on a native application which will user to select multiple level of a hierarchy and perform some filtering. So for example we have multiple level of category of products like Home Care > ...
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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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What's the proper iOS UI for switching between 2 views?

There two different screens, Live and Leaderboard, and I need to switch between them. Is there any sort of iOS standard for handling the UI for that? Right now I've just got a button at the top ...
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Is swapping out the entire Left-Local-Side-Nav a bad idea?

We have a large Website with hundreds of pages. We have a horizontal global navigation, and a left-local-side Nav to navigate through a group of related pages. As I was browsing clicking down from ...
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Under what circumstances will vertical or horizontal navigation work better?

I have just started taking UX classes and am designing my first e-commerce webpage. I was wondering what type of navigation works better for users? Do users prefer eBay's vertical navigation ...
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What is the difference between a Navigation Bar and Tabs?

Recently I found myself (potentially) discussing the nature of a horizontal/top navigation bar (h-nav-bar) and a tab set without knowing it. download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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Design of tag based filtering using interesting and ignored tags

Take the general case of entries classified based on tags - a QA forum such as SO, a traditional forum that's to be designed without categories, a list of articles or blog entries, or other entity ...
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How Many Tabs are Too Many?

The mockup below, has a screenshot of a software I stumbled upon last week. It grabbed my attention that it presented information in the following way. It had Many Interface Level tabs, inside those, ...
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Is it a bad practice to put the main web navigation on the upper right of the webpage?

My non UI savy client provides me with the webpage layout he wants via powerpoint. There's a header row on top. On the left is a logo image and then a line of text that is the company name. These are ...
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Side navigation menus for Android tablets

The new trend of side navigation menus has taken over Android apps - Facebook, Evernote and now youtube and google+ are all doing the side navigation menu like here: Though it seems like this has ...
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What is the ideal way to allow users to choose a category for their post

I'm working on a website where users are able to create a post in a specific category. Would the best approach be to do something similar to craigslist where you're shown a page with main categories ...
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How can I design navigation that also represents timed progression through stages in a process?

I am designing a system with the following characteristics: Users view challenges that require them to submit a response The challenges are broken up into 4-5 stages (e.g. submission, voting, ...
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Using a ribbon as navigation

Every use of the ribbon I have seen so far single panel 'canvas' programs, where grouped functionality is in the ribbon. I have been doing some analysis on some back end software which my company ...
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For a site with multiple different user-types should the primary navigation reflect all available options for all users?

I think there is a serious navigation problem on the website I am working on. I have four kinds of users (people working in fashion, interested in fashion, people that buy fashion, and people that are ...
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Level selection on dropdown

Designing a radio button interface for selecting how many sub-levels you would want to display for a website main menu dropdown. The options are: OFF 1 level 2 levels Considering that the default ...
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Should pagination be capped in web app search results?

Search results can be a funky thing to design sometimes when it comes to the value of results for a user. IN this Web App I am helping build, the global search bar, when searched, can lists results ...
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Signup / Login global navigation links appearing on Signup / Login page?

I'm creating a web application and we have two navigation states - public (logged-out) and logged-in. The public view spans across a number of marketing pages, splash, legal, faq, etc. Within the ...
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Switching language: display alternative or active first?

What is the best practices to display and switch between two languages. For example, I'm at website.com/en/ and I want to switch in french (website.com/fr/). Do you think I should display the active ...
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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 ...