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Best position for collapse indicator on collapsible content

What is the convention/standard/best-practice for the placement of a collapse/expand button/indicator on collapsible content? I've seen many examples of the placement on the left (left of title in ...
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How little is too little padding between button text and its button border?

jQuery has a default amount of padding within their buttons, as seen here: jQuery UI - Button Demo. I think it looks nice, but my boss keeps telling me to kill the padding. Specifically, he said to ...
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Is there a standard for single product websites?

I'm looking to help a friend provide website design feedback to his sister's start-up company. The site is http://myyogaloop.com They are making some pretty basic mistakes. For example there are two ...
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How to mark a field as recommended?

When I have a required field in a form, there is several ways to indicate to the user that this field is required. In addition, we can add client validation on that field, to force the user to fill ...
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Android back button - Global history back, or menu back?

On the Android, is the expected action of the back button to navigate backward through menus, or does it just go "back" to the previous screen you came from? I don't have an Android device to sample ...
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Using country flags with currencies?

We are considering incorporating national flags into a currency selector, alongside ISO currency codes, like this: We are well aware we should not use flags for selecting languages because there ...
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How do you document your interaction flows?

For many years I've been using an evolved version of Jesse James Garrett's Visvocab diagramming style for documenting information architecture and interaction design concepts. Today though we're ...
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Animation on Handheld: How Much is Too Much?

In web applications in the 1990s, it was pretty common to see animation (animated gifs, marquees, etc.) -- since then, the industry has pretty much established this as a no-no for (professional) ...
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How familiar are users with the “Print to PDF” concept?

We are talking about some solutions at work for printing a summary generated from some interface content in an application. Many users may only want to print this out, but others would like the ...
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Are round check boxes confusing or an accepted standard?

I was browsing dribbble.com today and came across a new post by one of the designers that I follow. He had posted a new modal form which was using rounded check boxes. I have never seen these before. ...
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What is a good method for creating a guide for standardized markup?

I need to create a guide or wiki that outlines different standardized techniques for marking up reusable elements in our software. When adding new features our developers are often able to reuse or ...
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How to mark required (and optional) fields in a form where some fields are NOT editable?

I have a form showing properties of an entity in a web app: some of the fields in the form are read-only and some are editable. Within the editable fields, some are required to be filled with a value ...
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Is this element using the correct affordance?

what do you guys think about this page http://apple.stackexchange.com/: The "active" button is highlighted in a way that looks like the iphone's drag button. So the first thing that comes to my ...
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Recommended best practices for industrial interface design?

I'm looking to collect input on best practices for the design of industrial HMI. There are already standards promoted such as ISA-5.5-1985, Graphic Symbols for Process Displays, but the writing ...
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Pros/Cons of customized/reproduced HTML elements

I have a very specific case where the <select/> elements in a browser interface are replaced with a custom HTML structure while styling is added via CSS and functionality is added via ...
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What UX solutions are there for the EU cookie legislation?

The EU cookie legislation http://www.out-law.com/page-10510 is rightly or wrongly are being introduced, there has been much negative comment from both legal and technical commentators - that said it ...
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Where can I find style guide for metro UI for web applications?

I am interested in the Metro UI that microsoft has used for windows phone 7 for web. I see that their site microsoft.com has been done with metro UI recently. I am looking for a style guide and ...
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How and when to go about challenging a tried and true user behavior?

There are many user behaviors that have been ingrained in us over time. Some of them good, and some of them just because, "that's the way that it has been done for years, people expect it." The ...
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Common pattern for “multiple fields, at least one required”

Clearly the asterisk is a popular web standard for identifying unconditionally required fields. But what if any one field out of several is required? For example, there are separate fields for home ...
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UX Organisation

I was just wondering if there are any organisations or groups which monitor or provide insight into User eXperience, such as the W3C for the World Wide Web, or the IEEE? Although they are not creators ...
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What reasons are there to not break a web applications default scrolling mechanism?

on the project I am working on, they want the web application to have the header, sidebar and footer remain fixed in the browser. So only the content area will scroll. I don't think this is a good ...
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Using mailto: links for email addresses…what is the practice these days?

When giving out your email address on a site, do people still use the mailto:email@example.com syntax for the link? Does this work with people using web mail clients? I use gmail and whenever I click ...
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What guidelines exist for designing UIs?

UI guidelines can be helpful to provide rules-of-thumb, or at least remind you of things to think about when designing a UI. What sets of guidelines exist?
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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Coding Best Practices as UX?

I've been stating in most of my recent contracts that meeting HTML coding Best Practices (what's outputted to the browser) is an important part of UX. This would include things like Semantics (using ...
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Font sizes for WCAG2.0 AAA

Anyone know what the WCAG2.0 definition of 'Normal' and 'Large' fonts are, as they relate to the AA and AAA levels? I've googled and read the WCAG site and docs but unless I'm being really stupid ...
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Does ISO 9241 really matter?

I've been using ISO 9241 (Ergonomics of Human System Interaction) over the years to provide some structure and rigour to my UX process. It suits the (standards driven) industry I'm currently working ...