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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Hiearchichal Selection for Grouping (ie Teams)

Say I have a page where I want to be able to select what people are on what team. Each team can have up to 3 participants(so height shouldn't be an issue) but the same people can appear on multiple ...
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Generic picker for FMCG analysis site?

As it says in the title I'm working on a site that analyses FMCG market (basically anything you can find in supermarket). I need to redesign our current "picker". There are a number of pickers across ...
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Choice Box or Tabs for multiple contents in a view [duplicate]

I am going to display a small view in my application that contains contents to be picked. The contents are sorted in an undetermined quantity of categories. Would it be preferred to sort them in ...
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Interact with small objects

The objects (the small squares) can be selected/deselected. The small objects are contained in the larger container box. There can be several container boxes rowed up on the x axis. I would ...
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A scalable solution to define user-group membership

I am trying to solve this design question for my class. The problem is simple - there are thousands of users and I have to design a UI that lets you associate them with a group. I found this ...
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What should the Double-Click behaviour be in a treeview which is in a selection dialog

Normally when using treeview I would expect that when the user double-clicking on a node that has children the tree will expand/collapse. However, Say we have a tree in a selection dialog. We ...
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Slanted cursor+background for italic text?

In most applications that I'm familiar with, a text cursor in insertion mode is universally represented as a vertical blinking bar: As you can see, for some italic letters this creates visual ...
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Differentiate between exact date and date period (e.g., month vs. month of year)

I'm working on a web-based reporting system that allows users to create ad-hoc charts. The user selects the data to be analyzed (e.g., sales dollars, sales volume, number of employees, etc.) in ...
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Should radio buttons be pre-selected?

I am working on a re-design for a eCommerce site and they have a section where they offer a free gift card if the user makes a purchase over $1000. The idea of the gift card is to get users to ...
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Submit textbox input without button

The users have a table and in the last row they have 6 different text inputs, one per column. This inputs will define a variable in the Database. I am trying to think how can I do it to avoid ...
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Importing and Updating Old Records within a Grid

I am in the process of designing a feature that allows a teacher to select students from the previous year who they used our product with, and be able to update the records of those students to the ...
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Best wording of “blank” option for an optional select?

For <select> elements that require the user to select at least one option, basic wording for the "blank" option is fairly easy: "Select..." or something similar. However, for <select> ...
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Clear selection in Android

When using standard Android apps (like Gmail) which have multiple items to select, a contextual action bar (CAB) comes up showing a checkmark (tick) and some other information (such as "3 selected"). ...
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What is the best practice for checking a series of checkboxes?

I have a large table (some 100 rows) for setting user permissions. Each set of permissions has a set of 4 possible items, which in many cases will all be checked but not by default. For efficiency we ...
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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. ...
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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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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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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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Selecting many elements from a long list

I have a scenario where my 'create user' dialog has a very long list of options, of which the user needs to select many. The project manager has suggested a 'dual list' approach: a long (scrolled) ...
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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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When should a select be replaced with a combobox?

I'm working with a site that is currently making heavy use of comboboxes. In fact, every select in the whole application is automatically turned into a combobox on page load. My first inclination is ...
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What is the best method to show selected filters from very long lists?

I need to find a solution for displaying flagged items from a very long list. The following pics shows the filter panel of the iPad App. Users can select all the items or search for specific items ...
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What is the maximum recommended number of item to put in a drop down list?

I am introducing searchable drop down lists to filter grid data. The number of items in a list could range from anything like ten to a ten thousand. The larger the number of items, the more awkward ...
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What android UI control fits for selection of number in large range?

I'm working on a application for tracking body mass measurements. I need the user to be able to input a number representing body weight, whose magnitude ranges from 0.00 kg to normally 300.00 kg. The ...
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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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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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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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Moving Elements Between Lists

I have a question... I'm dealing with an interface that has two lists, and you can drag and drop elements between them. What would be a better approach and why? a) Moving between lists doesn't ...
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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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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 to simplify an interface for assignment of objects?

We're trying to solve a UX problem of assigning one set of objects to another (very large) set of objects in a quick, clean, and lightweight manner. We have up to 12 different items that need to be ...
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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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How to allow quick toggling between two out of several values?

An Android app provides several possible values for a setting. The user needs to be able to quickly toggle between two of the settings, A and B. 95% of the time they will only be interested in A and ...
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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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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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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 undo a 'select all' action

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The convention for a 'Select All' checkbox is simple: if blank, click to select all. If ticked, click to de-select all. ...
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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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How to categorize new threads in a mobile forum application?

I am planning to launch a new Forum/Chat app for Android/iPhone. The app requires users to specify a category before creating a new thread. How do I show and allow users to choose the thread category ...