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How To Display Too Much Data

We're building a web-based platform where the main dashboard shows a table of data for users to view and analyze. As we're growing this tool, we seem to be adding more and more columns and are running ...
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What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy?

I've been pondering the best way to show a deep hierarchy for a desktop application I'm working on. Here are some alternative designs I'm considering... Mac OSX Finder: If you understand what ...
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Best way to select a subset of items in a long list

One of our clients wants us to build a web application to share information about the magazines he publishes. Each edition of a magazine contains a variable amount of advertisers. These advertisers ...
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How should large table columns be handled on a responsive design?

Related to This Question, I'm interested in what I should do with a responsive design theme where the users have control over the columns which are displayed in a tabular, data rich page. Users are ...
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Tab Overflow: What to do when I run out of space for yearly tabs?

I have page that lists previous recipients of an award, with tabs separating each year's winners. Every year there are forty recipients. The recipient's name is listed, along with his or her job ...
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tables with lots of columns

I have a table that lists various attributes of an individuals personal development plan; objective, time to complete objective, comments etc. The table is editable so the user can directly add ...
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Scrolling without scrollbars

I'm developing a system which will only be used by trained operators. Along the side is a live feed of new records coming in to the system, which is designed specifically to be used at fullscreen in ...
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How to present heavy data tables on smartphones?

Problem: I've got a table with 10 columns and ~100 rows. What is the best way to present these on small screens? My idea: effective search + data displayed row-by-row. Is there any better solution?
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Context sensitive help for wordy user preferences

Current UI Here is a poorly designed panel on a preferences dialog for the open source audio editor 'Audacity'. I'd like to do something about it. How it got that way In the past the text beside ...
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Smallest button size and spacing for a touchscreen

For a touch screen, such as the iPhone, what is the smallest size for a button you could get away with? And how closely could they be shoved together? I've got an app thats going to have a lot of ...
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In a grid, how to display long column headers

When displaying data in a grid (each row contains a record, each column a different record field), vertical space need is easily solved with scrolling or paging. We are usually sooner missing ...
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How to best display a long list of check boxes

In my application users are required to select from a drop down, a list of projects they wish to include in their custom search. The easy part is that users can select one project to filter on or ...
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How to deal with tab overflow of dynamic tabs?

Tabbed interfaces where the number of tabs is up to the user employ different solutions for the point where tabs of the default size no longer fit on the screen. Google Chrome begins to reduce the ...
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How do you deal with unusually long labels?

A piece of software that I'm updating uses some incredibly long labels, but due to the nature of the software (taxes and payroll) this seems unavoidable at times. On some pages, maybe 50% of the ...
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Elegantly display dynamic text in a fixed width & height area

This may be an impossible question to answer but I'll put it out there anyway. Basically whats an elegant way to handle dynamic text in a fixed width area. See the example below... how would you ...
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In a long list of customers, how can I efficiently mark which have been edited?

There exists a narrow table listing about 250 customers in alphabetical order. Each row contains the customer's name, account code, city and state. I need to indicate in each row if the customer ...