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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 ...
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Task-based vs topic-based navigation on travel destination-site

I've got a concept of a destination-site (about Paris) covering topics like: Hotels, Restaurants, activities, tripplans, and all other usual suspects. This topic-based navigation is the de facto ...
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Combining breadcrumb and selected facets/filters into one

Given a site with faceted-search, etc. I want to display the facets a user has selected, not only as part of the faceted-navigation controls (left vertical) but also at the top of the page. Showing ...
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If all pages are linked in a menu, should a back button be provided?

If full navigation is provided for every page of a simple site, should there be a back button among its options? Example Scenario: A mobile website has 4 child pages, all accessible via navigation on ...
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Elegant, simple and obvious sub-tabs?

I have a simple navigation setup that requires tabs and sub-tabs. I have the main tabs ready: But I don't know how to make the sub-tabs fit in and still be user-friendly. What's a good way to ...
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Is it advisable to separate the landing page from the home page of a non profit organization?

I am helping out an organization on sparked which wants a landing page on which a video will be embedded along with some descriptive . However I am not sure if it is advisable to have a landing page ...
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Use of Website Category Landing Pages

OK, here's the situation: A reasonably simple website with a primary navigation menu including drop-down list of sublevels on hover. Each navigation level may have 3 - 6 sublevels below it, none more ...
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Breadcrumbs: OK to use on mobile site?

Wondering if anyone has thoughts on using breadcrumbs as a method of navigation on a mobile website (for a content site). The breadcrumbs would show the heirarchy of the site as such: Site > ...
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What to call a first-level navigation item that helps guide various user types to different parts of the site?

I'm working on a sitemap for a client who has a number of different user types (each of whom requires varying goals and tasks associated with using the site). They are concerned that the various ...
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Should I reload only those areas of site where data has changed?

I think the rule is: Reload only those areas of site where data has changed. Don't fetch the areas where no changes have been made. The pros of this rule are: 1. Users will be able to examine ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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Is switching to a selectbox navigation for mobile devices a good solution for complex menus?

An example of this functionality can be found in this site (shrink the browser viewport to see the selectbox navigation take over.) Is this a good practice? Wondering if anyone has any experience to ...
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Where do users expect to find the “create new account” functionality?

I'm developing a website where users will be able to sign in, and thus they need to be able to register. Is it sufficient to include the registration functionality (or link to it) on the sign-in ...
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Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...
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Mobile Website: navigation at the bottom of the page with an anchor link at the top

On a mobile site I'll be putting the main navigation at the bottom of the page so that the main content is visible without having to scroll past lots of navigation options. (As per w3c ...
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Is it ever okay to have multiple rows of tabs?

We're working on a UI at work and people want to have the number of tabs in a certain area be flexible width so that in certain situations depending on the title length and the number of tabs, the tab ...
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navigation menu for not an ordinary site content

Most of my past projects are rather simple in terms of navigation. A simple dropdown menu (Superfish, for instace) works with most of them. Now I have a project that requires content to be separated ...
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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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Scrolling vs. Pagination for a Mobile Order Form

Ok here is my windows mobile application for ordering system. As client requested i added a next page button (the button after the +). This turns a page with preferences of a product. However most of ...
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When is it appropriate to combine “help/support” with “contact us”?

Suppose we have a horizontal menu at the top of our website like this: products | pricing | help | login | 800-555-1234 When is it appropriate to combine help/support with contact us? We want to ...
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Please recommend Improvments to the SE Menu Structure

Over at Programmers Meta we are haveing a discussion about the SE Menu Structure. Someone recommend we ask the Pro's over here for recommendations. So, What could\Should be done to Improve the SE ...
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Design patterns for Complex Financial forms.?

I have a very big financial form of a budget, where it has lot of information spread across months of a year or future years. To just give you guys some background, budget is created for every year ...
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Fixed feedback tab on the left/right window border

What is your experience about using tabs/buttons that are fixed to the left or right on the browser window? (see an example to the right on this site) They are usually used for feedback forms or ...
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Is having a top nav and a left nav a good thing?

Look at http://www.gainsco.com. They have a top nav and a left nav. The top and left nav take you to the same places. To me, this is redundant, confusing and unnecessary. Is there a good reason to ...
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Do website visitors return to the homepage once they're inside the site?

I have been (unsuccessfully) looking for some research that supports / rejects (or even discusses) the hypothesis that: Once a user has entered a website a significant percentage of them do not ...
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Collapsing header / mega-menu

I have a website with a mega-menu. On the homepage we're looking for maximum exposure of the website categories (and we can spare the room) while the internal pages have plenty of content. So I've ...
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Global navigation - best practices

What are some of the best practices when designing global navigation menus that tie together multiple websites that have no common layouts, color schemes or typography? I've looked at examples such ...
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Profile for users and Page for companies?

My question is mostly about the name of it.A company to view their personal account options visiting domain.com/page On the other hand, users can see their personal account options with ...