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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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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2answers
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Drag-scroll (iOS-like flicker) and text selection

I am thinking of adding drag-scroll function for a mouse (aka iOS-like flicker) on a textarea by using some jQuery library, where I also want to allow selection of the text with mouse drag. As they ...
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Three-dimensional matrix of tristate selections

I am building a configuration UI for a client's desktop application. This could be called metaconfiguration, i.e. it allows the client to determine which options are actually available in the eventual ...
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“Responsively” select an item from a large closed collection?

I'm building a responsive web application. One of the main focus of this application is to efficiently collect information. In some fields, I need the user to select one value from a large collection ...
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Touchscreen: Select small zones from a huge scrollable image

My app lets the user take a picture of a sheet of paper, then select a block of 2-3 words, then another block. The user must be able to clearly read the (potentially tiny) written words, so she will ...
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What is an effective way to allow user select from a list of thousands of customers

For browser based web application, I need the user to select a customer from thousands of available customers. The user may have the ID of the given customer or just the Full Name & Address. In ...
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Name for widget with side-by-side available/selected listboxes?

Two list-boxes, side by side, one with available items, the other with selected items, with arrows in between to move items back and forth.
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Alternative to a popup table

I need some advice please. I currently have a screen and the plan is to completely redesign it. But first, to tell what is does. It is a screen for managing orders, much lick a standard order form, ...
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Best practices for selecting time

I am building a web application that will allow users to create custom forms. There are numerous widgets that can be added to the form. One of them is the time picker. What is the best way to present ...
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List of values vs radio button group vs drop-down list

In the thread on GUI Design - ComboBoxes Versus Lists or RadioButtons and Dropdown vs radio button, I've read about comboboxes vs. radio button groups. In our legacy application, we also use lookup ...
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Segment control with NULL selection

In our Android application we have a list view of items. The items can be members of two different groups, Group 1 and Group 2, but can also be without group. To filter the list to show the items in a ...
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Two panel multi select on mobile

I'm trying to develop a system where users can add financial symbols to activities, almost as you would tags to a blog post. The user should be able to easily add or remove symbols. They can add as ...
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Multiple selection in an iOS picker view

The iOS SDK doesn't have a multiple selection picker view. However Safari's picker view allows multiple selection. Fortunately ALPickerView was created to allow multiple selection in a picker view. Is ...
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Does a group of select boxes or a search box always need a heading?

Do the select boxes and the search box really need a heading to explain what their function is? The first heading in English reads "Filter the results". The second heading reads "Search within ...
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1answer
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Best controls for nesting items

I am trying to develop a page editing backend, and one of my problems is about how to let the user choose where to nest the page he/she is editing. My boss came up with this solution: download ...
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1answer
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Selecting ranges for report generation

In an old Oracle Forms application, we have certain forms for providing report settings and starting the report. In many cases, a from/to range can be given, for example from Customernr. 1 - 10. In ...
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Why don't applications explain reason for greyed-out icons/menu options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don’t hide or disable menu items? I think applications should explain why an option of clickable icon is greyed-out i.e. not selectable or not active. For example a ...
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Best way to combine object selection and object editing in a dialog

There might potentially be a very straight forward solution to this, but I'm can't see it, hence the question. I'm wondering what is the best way to structure a dialog where the user can select items ...
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How can I get users to select options in the format “at least X MBit/s”?

I need a select box to filter a search result. The user can select: at least 1 MBit/s, at least 100 MBit/s, at least 1 GBit/s, at least 5 GBit/s or any. In fact we have the select already, there the ...
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Alternatives to selecting valid value from a list of items

I have a screen in Winforms where the users select a possible value from the right to the area on the left as shown. Both the sides are listview with category group headers. When the user wants to ...
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Why is HideSelection the default on Windows?

I've always wondered why Windows controls have their HideSelection property set to true by default? Example (TreeView): ...
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Choosing from a list of options and preserving order

We have a listing of topics and would like users to be able to choose three topics from the list and would also like to preserve the order in which the topics are chosen. Using three <select>s ...
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Drop-down list inside add button or panel

I have a screen where user defines his competencies. Each competency have to be later described with some details, so each is presented as a separate panel. Below the last Competency panel I put an ...
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Configuration form with multiple steps

I am working on converting a winforms application to WPF. So, we are also trying to make sure this is good from a UX point of view in the process. I have a configuration form that I am not sure if I ...
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Rely on user awareness by autoselecting or prompt the user to actively choose?

I came across a small dilemma in my development, namely whether as a designer I should rely on a user to actively review settings before submitting an action, thereby justifying having it pre-set, or ...
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How to allow the user to state 'No preference'

We have a situation where we have a list of choices (e.g Beers) from which a maximum of one may be chosen to associate with another item (e.g. My favourite beer). It's also possible that the user may ...
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Fit buttons next to textbox on a widget

I'm designing a widget to select names, and move them to two different fields. The left list will display all available names. On the right we'll have two fields: a textbox and another list. User can ...
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UI Drop Down Alternative(s)

I searched previous questions and mine doesn't exactly fit... I am working on a User Interface for a school course online application. The integral part of the application is choosing which term you ...
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Managing the size of occupations/professions list

I am working on a web application that will use occupation as an interesting way to present users with demographic information. In the spirit of minimalism and ease of use, I'd like to allow users ...
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Best way of selecting rows in a grid across pages?

Best way of selecting rows in a grid across pages? We have a data grid which spans multiple pages, which is core part of our web based application. Scenario 1: Checkboxes denote selection. Use Case ...
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Assigning working hours on a duty roster

Here's a screenshot of the duty calendar in the system I'm working on (I've deleted all names here for privacy reasons). Each person can have a day of particular type (listed in the legend above: ...
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Best way to offer a large amount of selectable options (without using Javascript)?

I come from stackoverflow and have no answers for this one, so I turn to the UI guys for assistance. Let's say I have a library application that allows a user (librarian) to add a book to the ...
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User control for a two level selection

I'm about to develop an application that will be used by revisers to compile the errors they find while reviewing a translation. The application will consist of a simple form in which they will have ...
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Best way to give user two controls (expand and select) on a single object

We're working on an organizational tree visualization, for each node (circle) in the tree the user has two options - expand the node to see its children OR select the node In general, the primary ...
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Best way to let user select one of 100 values?

In our app we have a page that allows users to select an account type and there are 100 different ones. It's basically a word + number, something along the lines of the number of users you want to ...
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How to make the relationship between two related lists more obvious?

I've got two horizontal lists - one that contains Chinese characters (list A) and the second that contains the decomposition of the selected character (list B). Currently, when the user clicks on ...
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How many items in a carousel should be shown to the user at a glance?

Is there any recommendation or best practice? The context is that of a web application running on desktops. The number of items is variable ranging from 4 to around 10.
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Input control and concept of default values

I'm working on an application which purpose is to edit data from a specific domain. The domain has a concept of default/inherited values. For instance: Let say I have a control with an edit box to ...
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Finding within a displayed set: winnow or focus?

We have a list of things in which there are exactly 4 or so categories of items. This list is fairly static, but slowly growing as new items get added. Think: a list of projects, or a mailbox, or ...
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UI for multi-select with at-least-one requirement?

I have a field for which the user may select multiple responses, and is likely to be implemented as a drop-down with checkboxes. The user can select one, two, or many from the list of options. We're ...
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Tune the radio or tune in?

I'm in doubt whether I should use buttons or radio buttons combined with a single button. I could go with the buttons, as shown below, but I think this confusing. Another option would be the radio ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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A way to denote possibility of multiple selection in table view

I'm creating an OS X app and during it's setup (the very first launch) I need user to select a few entries from a list (a one-columned table). Usually on OS X user is able to select a single line from ...
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Why is the following space highlighted upon double-clicking text?

I'm referring to when you double-click on the middle of a word in any sort of text editing situation (Google Docs, filling out this question, AIM, etc.) and the word as well as the space between it ...
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Indicating selection in a list with sub-levels not always visible

Suppose we perform a search on an object name and get this results list: From this list exactly one element can be selected in order to perform an action on that element. An element can be either: ...
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Is the option 'Select all' always needed by the users?

Right now I'm working on an interface for a web-based report application that manages logistic data of the companies registered by all the users of the website. The functionality is basically the ...
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Bulk actions: what to do when not all items support an action [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bulk actions: what to do when not all items support an action Picture the following scenario: user selects a bunch of items, and the 'bulk actions' box appears; user ...