All questions involving the selection objects to be acted upon, including contiguous selection (e.g. strings of text), multiple selection (e.g. checkboxes), and single selection (e.g. radio buttons).

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helping user select html table for copy

This seems like it would be a common problem, but I couldn't find a discussion in a google search. Users often want to copy data out of html tables (off of web pages) so that they can paste the date ...
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Are there any usability concerns to this alternate select bar style? [closed]

Preface: My issues with modern select bars When you mousewheel up/down, it's possible that you will skip over elements at the "borders" and will completely miss what you're looking for without ...
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Typeahead / Autocomplete graceful degradation

Consider the case when the user is asked to select one item from a fixed list. If the list contains more than a dozen items, an autocomplete / typeahead type widget has proven itself to be very ...
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What is a good flow for selecting an item from a list and populating some fields in a pane with the item info

I have a tree of items in a left nav and a main content pane to the right. Users should be able to select an item from the tree and populate fields on the right with complicated info (long paths, ...
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File Picker vs. Drag and Drop for Tablets

Imagine that you're creating a presentation on an iPad. You want to create a presentation, add content to it, and rearrange it as needed. You have a catalog of content to choose from, sorted by ...
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Phone screen list item selection to replace drag / drop

I'm designing an app that will require the user to select a single item from a scrollable list and add it to a chat box that resides at bottom of a chat panel. For wider screen web/tablet/iPad ...
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How to display information too long for a select box

On a form I use a select box to display a list of tenancies. So that each tenancy can be identified I have to display the full name of the tenants (there can be up to 4 tenants) and the full address ...
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UI Pattern for selection list - feedback and suggestions

I'm designing an ecommerce checkout process and I would like to get some feedback or other ideas on how to visually display the shipping options for customers. Currently we have 3 options, regular, ...
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How/Where to display contextual information based on radio button check

I have a list of countries where the user can select one by toggling a radio button. Each country has a unique cost in the local currency which the user needs to be aware of. What is the best way to ...
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Interface for selecting based on two fields

I have a web application that has several select lists, some of them are plural and some of them are singular and user should select just one item. In both cases users should be able to choose their ...
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Designing show/hide flow for admin

Running into a UX problem on a webpage I'm designing. The flow is than an administrator of a company can select what items to show/hide to a member. So he will have access to a list of all items and ...
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Why should text be non-selectable?

I've seen some websites that make their text unselectable. And I believe that this can break up user experience, as "selectable text" is a well established ui pattern on web and computer in general. ...
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What icon(s) should a user better understand as “empty item” or “empty selection”? [closed]

I'm developieng an iOS app, and in its main view, I placed a button to select a video playlist. If the user goes to this view and there is an already selected playlist, the button for this selection ...
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Multi ranges selections or multi single selection

I am working on an app that we show a chart to a user and let the user decide what values they want to focus on. The requirement is that the user should be able to pick multiple ranges or just ...
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Where to place a color picker?

I am working on a list of item with a color picker for each and I wonder where is the best place to deploy the color list. A : in line (above) B : in line (behind) C : Under D : Under and behind ...
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What is the best way for a user to select an item by unique identifier?

My team and I are building a mobile app where the user will need to input a human-readable unique identifier (the serial number) of a single unit of inventory. Our system tracks the serial numbers ...
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multiple focused/selected items

Is there a thumb rule about multiple views containing selected items? Currently in my application they do all get the same colored border but I think it can be improved: The only idea I have is to ...
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Grouping a 2x2 set of options

I'm am not sure what kind of grouping to use to present the following four options: Block something permanently Allow something permanently Block something once Allow something once Initially I ...
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Select maximum of two options to display summary info cards

I am trying to devise a mechanism whereby a user can select only two options at a time in order to display summary information for their selections. It looks like this at present (actual content ...
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How to prevent users from submitting a form with no changes made

I would like to prevent users from being able to submit a form where the selection hasn't been changed from its original state. Example: In the wireframe above, when the user sees this form, the ...
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the presentation of a selected button of a page

It's often the case that there are two kinds of presentations of a selected page, like the following: 1.the selected button become dark and invalid, while others page-buttons are up-light and valid ...
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Single Item selection based on multiple filters

Below is a set of filters that effect what Items are displayed in a list. Changes to the filters update the filter the list of items in an ORed fashion. The user may select from the Items displayed in ...
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Multi-selection dropdown list implementation best practice

Many any websites do not use multi-selection dropdown lists anymore, and the reason often cited by UX practitioners is that this UI element does not 'test well' with users. An example of what I am ...
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How to show multiple values (possibly many) without taking too much space? Readonly combobox?

I have a one-to-many relationship, say a Monkey can have lots of Bananas. The selection part is done by opening a popup and showing Bananas with a filter, add/remove buttons, etc. My issue is how to ...
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UI for selecting multiple records with multiple cases

The title may not suffice to describe the nature of my problem here. But to describe, i'll give my data model and the current UI used to implement it. The tables and relation : 1) I only have two ...
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Should you autofill a textbox if there's only one possibility? What about a minimum?

We have a UI to allocate resource: In the UI, users must check a box to enable the textbox. They can then enter any integer between 1 and the amount remaining. If the box is checked, the user must ...
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What action should be triggered when clicking on an album in a media player?

I'm creating a media player with an album view like iTunes : Now I'm wondering, when I double click on an album, should it be more user friendly to play directly the album or to show the tracklist ...
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Manual / Auto Refresh and users' selection

We are developing an enterprise web based application where users can select / mark individual records in tables / lists (to perform some bulk actions on them). Much like in Gmail where you can select ...
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How can I design a 'non-linear' user permission table with two column relationships?

I'm exploring the idea of using a two column relationship to deal with granting user permissions. The left column has rows where the user can be granted a 'view' or 'edit' permission in each cell row. ...
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Is the use of checkboxes discouraged in mobile UI?

See Google Material Design (http://www.google.com/design/spec/patterns/selection.html) where it is mentioned that "Using checkboxes (or custom analogs) to initiate selection is an explicit ...
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Selecting items from a list of grouped items in a way that is obvious to a user if it qualifies for an action to be performed on the selection

I have a scenario where I need to show a user a list of items they own. This list may end up being quite long, but will typically be pretty short. The list needs to allow people to select one or more ...
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How can I prevent the user from deselecting all the checkboxes?

I need to have solution for selection/unselection of 3 items. By default all 3 are selected. The user may unselect up to two options, but cannot deselect all three ('none'). I used 3 checkboxes and ...
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What is the best way to choose a text from a list?

I am developing an iOS app at the moment and I need to allow the user to choose one text from a list of given texts. The texts are around 30-60 words long. What is the best way to present the ...
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Selecting Multiple USA States from List

I'm trying to figure out the best way to display a list of USA States where multiple items, or all, can be selected. Select Element The obvious UI element that exists for this sort of thing is the ...
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When to use a tool based UX and when to use a button based UX for a spreadsheet app?

To explain what I mean by the terms: Tool based UX: select a tool from a tool bar, and use the tool on some part of the resource. Examples: Photoshop, Minecraft. Button based UX: select a resource, ...
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Should a dropdown have a value (or be visible) when the associated checkbox is unchecked?

We have users that can be assigned to different groups with an associated role on that group. For example, a user may be a "Contributor" on the "Human Resources" group, but an "Admin" on the "How To ...
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What is the best way to let the user select a distance for a layer?

So I am creating a layer list using d3 and I have a question about how best let the user select distances. To give some background, the user will be selecting a geographic layer and will then be ...
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Dropdown/Radio button as an action selection in a grid row?

I need to display an action selection in every row of a grid. The action could be Do nothing, Confirm, Reject (mutually exclusive). And once all the selections were made, users are expected to hit a ...
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How should user unselect a date from a calender?

I am using jQueryUI's datapicker modified with the ability to select the time (http://trentrichardson.com/examples/timepicker/#basic_examples). Instead of having an input for the date, I wish make it ...
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What is an anti-pattern?

"Using checkboxes (or custom analogs) to initiate selection is an explicit anti-pattern for mobile." What does Google mean by anti-pattern? Source: ...
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Selecting categorized items from a long list, while knowing a list of preferred/recently used items

I have a long list of items a user should select from, and need a good ui for that selection. Here is some info: The list contains currently 300 items, but may grow to 1000 items or more. The items ...
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Sollution for user's location input?

So I have a form with two inputs. The first one is for a product search and another for choosing its location - city. As I'm predicting, 80 percents of the time, the location will be user's current ...
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Touch, select, or tap for screentouch devices?

What is the best equivalent of "select" or "click" on mouse-computer systems for screentouch devices out of touch, select, or tap?
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User is allowed to select only one type of product - where to check?

In my web app the user is shown a list of products which can be marked and in a later step be combined. Only products of the same type can be combined. The question is, should the user be allowed to ...
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Alternative to tags input?

It's only for selecting multiple existing documents in a web app by autosuggest. Titles are long and have many icons depicting state so it makes sense to stack vertically. The autosuggest offers rich ...
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Order of user operations when creating a graphical chart

I'm writing a piece of software that involves users creating graphical charts. After they select the data they want (time period, location, etc.) what order should the next operations below take ...
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What are good UI patterns for selecting exactly two items from a list?

In a piece of desktop software, I have a around 20 items. These items should be shown in a list, which fits on the screen. The user should be able to select exactly two items in the list, then, a ...
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What is the best way to select a subset of a string, for both web and mobile?

So I have this design where I have a large list of transactions, which I want to categorize. The transactions have the following information: **Date**: 2014-03-16 **Note**: 1231832 Belfast account ...
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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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What's the best way to select multiple objects in a multi-touch workspace?

In iOS apps such as Keynote or GarageBand, the user selects multiple objects from the workspace by holding on the first item and then tapping others to toggle their selection state. What are some ...