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Is there evidence that users ever look to a website's URL as a breadcrumb for navigation?

On-the-page breadcrumbs often mirror the directory path anyway. To my mind, it stands to reason that that clear, human-readable, hierarchical URLs can enhance a site's usability[1]. But I have no idea ...
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Nested dropdowns in mobile view

So i build a website using bootstrap. The problem is that i have nested drop downs. The link below is image for dropdowns that look nice and not cluttered in desktop version. However this is how it ...
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What's better than »More …« as a main navigation tab?

I am looking for a solution for the following problem: We have a horizontal main navigation showing some of the most important topics covered by the website and a tab called "All Topics". So far so ...
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drop down navigation for web/mobile

I'm in the process of a website redesign and I'm not really sure what to do with the navigation. The goals of the redesign are to simplify the site and make it more mobile friendly. The existing site ...
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Where should the user end up when clicking “Previous” or “Next” on a search result?

I´m having a discussion regarding how our site filter should work. The requirements has been the following: User enters the site and makes a search for eg. "jackets" Let´s say that we get 10 ...
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Combine categories and tags in a blog-like website

This is a pretty specific question, but I really am not sure if it's the right way I'm thinking. It's about a music blog with lot's of different kind of articles that needs a better way of ...
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Hiding main navigation on secondary pages

What is an effective design to hide/minimize primary navigation to focus the user on secondary navigation, while still providing access to the primary nav? (rephrased from below to make it more of a ...
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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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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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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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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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How can I show the user where they are in a non-hierarchical page structure?

I am working on an interface for a system which enables users to browse a large model of a business' processes. The many items in this model are arranged in a "net" structure. When viewing a single ...
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Swipe gestures in mobile news site design

On a mobile news site, should swipe be used to navigate between articles or should traditional buttons be used? E.g. swiping from right to left to go to the next article. The only issue I can see is ...
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Pros/Cons of placing Login/Account in line with the main nav bar?

Currently our navigational header is mostly left side and central of page, account is on upper right. A proposed design shows the account moved down, into the main nav bar. There's some space in ...
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Wayfinding and Orientation on Nonlinear site structure?

I have an interesting quandary. We are building a web application that is structured in a way whereby there are many ways to get to the "destination" pages. Some pages can also be part of multiple ...
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Removing main menu on large map page

I have a small map on my page, and want to allow the user to look at a larger version of it if a link is clicked. On this new page, the map will essentially be full screen, covering everything except ...
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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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Infinite scrolling + back button

Sometimes whilst bored I read old xkcd's annd although I know all the comics, I do from time to time discover a title text I hadn't seen before. This time I came across Which had the title text: ...
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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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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...
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iOS 7 top navigation bar text alignment

I'm working on an app that has 3 elements in the nav bar: a "back" button the title of the screen you are currently on a "logout" button, when you're logged in Now I have some problems regarding ...
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Is it a bad idea to put the logo in the top-right corner and the navigation in the top-left?

Firstly I would like to say that I don't think there is a concrete rule about where the logo on a website should be – but intuitively I think it should be in the top left at least for continuities ...
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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In this article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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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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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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Alternatives to More Tab Button in a UITabBar?

I am working on an iPad application that currently uses a UITabBar as the prevailing navigation element. The application has maxed out the number of buttons on the bar and is now forcing a More ...
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'Contact Us' in Navigation bars

So looking at a particular site's analytics, you usually find 'Contact' very high on the list of destination page views. My question is... Do you think people expect 'contact us' to be the last ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...
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Removing all nav links from the order/signup page. What do you think of this practice?

If you go to Assistly, you'll notice their pages have a navigation bar at the top... except for the signup page. I have seen this practice where all links are removed from the order page. This ...
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How do you deal with too many bullets in a slider?

I have an issue with a simple image slider on a mobile application. The slider uses bullets to indicate the pages of the slider. Now, it became quickly evident that the navigation bullets could easily ...
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what's the design pattern for the sidebar navigation used by Amazon, NewEgg and LightInTheBox?

See the below navigation examples currently used by Amazon, LightInTheBox and NewEgg. What's the pattern called? The content containing the subcategories would slide out when the mouse is hovering ...
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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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Show camera feature on iPhone when there is no camera?

In my iPhone app I have a root view with some options, one being a "Camera" option where you can take a photo to send to us. My question is should I either A: Show it "grayed out" or B: Not show it ...
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Where to place the '< Back' link or button?

I am building a simple transactional site with two step process both on web and mobile (responsive). Target users both male & female age from 30-40 relatively tech savvy. First page is a ...
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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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Categories or tags based navigation ?

I am not sure if tags based navigation would be easier for users. In our web we categorize software (like download.com) and categories maybe are hard to understand.
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Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation

Our site (veetle.com) requires a video player plugin to be downloaded before you can play any video on the site. We've always had an inline install prompt when you enter into the video page: Now ...
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Do I need arrows to indicate hover menus in main navigation?

The main navigation of a website I'm working on uses hover menus and every main navigation item has children that reveal on hover/tap. Do I need to include a down arrow (chevron) that indicates to ...
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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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Adding D-pad navigation to an existing web application: Resources?

I have a web application (HTML5) which works well in Google Chrome with mouse navigation, and I am adding d-pad navigation support. I have asked on StackOverflow about programming models for d-pad ...
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What tooltip text should I give to controls that move a map?

The application is a 3D map of a large work area (several rooms), with information tabs at the bottom. Users can rotate and zoom the map, click on a room for details, click a piece of equipment for ...
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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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When to use previous/next vs. back/forward? (and what about back/next?)

Is there any standard recommendation on when to use previous/next vs. back/forward? Or is there any reason not to pair back with next? To me, previous/next make sense to use as a pair when ...
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Are one-page web apps always better?

Does anyone have some instances or cases where onepage web applications (for example, a lot of AngularJS apps) are inferior to full loading pages? I'm not including technology, SEO, etc. Only from a ...
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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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Unintentional link clicks in table rows

The problem In a desktop application, our users browse a lot of tables. Some cells contain links. Link texts look the same as other cells', except from when hovering, when they turn blue and ...
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User-friendlier dropdowns with hoverIntent?

Is it a good idea to use hoverIntent (which introduces a slight movement-predicted delay to prevent accidental hover-offs) for user-friendlier dropdowns? ...
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Multilevel Navigation - Enterprise Application

I'm offering a design solution for an enterprise level applications navigation system. Currently the user can navigate by drilling through a series of parent and child menus. There are up to 5 levels ...
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Single call-to-action for 'Sign Up' and 'Log In'?

For the narrow view of a layout we're trying to consolidate the 'Sign Up' and 'Log In' buttons in the header to make the calls to action and click targets larger. Any thoughts on a word or phrase ...