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Standard representation of states for objects in software application

I am trying to come up with a standard to be included in a style guide for a software application. One of the difficulties with the guide is around documenting states/status that seem to have a ...
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Implementing Google Material Design on non-digital products

Reading through the Google Material Design principles and explanations, it seems like they have abstracted the design of products to a high level that is applicable to a range of traditional and ...
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A standard / benchmark test for user familiarity or proficiency with computer technology in usability testing

When conducting usability testing, a variable that comes up is the competence or familiarity of different users with Internet or software application technology. It seems strange to compare different ...
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Is the ELMER form design guidelines still current? Any other good government guidelines out there?

I came across the ELMER form design guidelines published by the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry, which gives a pretty comprehensive and reasonably well documented set of guidelines for the ...
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Spacing between UI components

I tried looking up previous questions but came up empty on this one. I am sure that there are various standards and guidelines out there for this (Android, Apple or Windows), but it also seems like ...
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Best way to label picker with multiple components?

I have a 3-component iOS picker where the user picks the section, row, and seat of a venue. What is considered the best practice for labeling the components? I also don't want a valid default ...
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How to specify or differentiate between finger and thumb interactions?

I came across an interesting research paper on the topic about the thumb's contact size for single-handed mobile interaction. It got me thinking about the difference in how we should be specifying and ...
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New Android UI color palette docs, don't understand some colors names (A100, A200…)

About color palette: Android UI Color Palette What are the color starting with 'A' (A100, A200)?
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How important is localization?

I'm designing a website to provide support for internet connected devices. The website will also allow on-line purchases and subscription payments for accounts. I don't want to target only a specific ...
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Is there a standard icon for web accessibility?

The International Symbol of Access is a standard icon for building and parking access for people with disabilities. Has this icon, by itself, gained acceptance as a standard icon for web ...
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What is the general meaning of a struck out hyperlink?

For instance, when I click on a colored underlined text, I am expecting it to be a hyperlink, redirecting me somewhere. When the hyperlink changes its color, I expect it to be already visited. But ...
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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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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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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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HTML button Hover effect standards, principles or best practices

Are there any standards, principles or best practices to change the color or effect of a button on hover. Something like : Make it lighter Make it darker Change background and foreground color Add ...
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Which parts of the Eclipse Platform, if any, adhere to ISO 9241?

Has the Eclipse Platform implemented with any concepts of ISO-9241 in mind? If so, which parts? Is the menu functionality provided by the Eclipse Rich Client Platform adhering to ISO 9241-14:1997. ...
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Android - UX design conventions concerning “Cancel” and “Done” buttons

How should I display "Cancel" and "Done" buttons in an Android app, or should I even display a "Cancel" button in the first place since the hardware back button (or the action bar's up-navigation) ...
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What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps ...
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Should pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected really clear your clipboard / copy the whole line?

It seems a bit counter-intuitive to me that in many text editors / IDEs, pressing Ctrl+C with nothing selected, clears your clipboard, or replaces it with whatever is on the same line as the caret. ...
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What are the standards for expected time to 'First Contact' with client for an electronic communication?

What industry standards exist for time (minutes or days) to contact a client after they have identified a problem and initiated an electronic communication with a service provider. I understand that ...
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What are the differences between features and components?

My boss asked me to change a software installation. He wants to change the word features to components. I'm not sure about the meaning of this change. I've gone ahead and implemented this at his ...
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Save & Add New, Save & Close, Save, Done, Cancel

This is something I've been struggling with, because there seems to be a lack of standard for it (as far as I can tell). There are two scenarios. Save & Close and Save & Add New We are ...
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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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How to best assign primary and secondary styles for multiple functional buttons?

I have a page that opens to a search bar with a search button beside it. On hitting the search button, a listing will appear below that section. There's a button at the bottom to submit after ...
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UX reasons for come countries not using SI units? [closed]

SI : International System of Units (meters, kilograms, etc.). Most countries use SI units, except USA and a few more. What are the UX reasons behind countries not switching to SI units even though ...
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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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On log in form, what should a password unmask button look like and say?

On the log in form, I want to give users the option to unmask the password field so they can see what they type. The phrase "unmask password" is too technical and its purpose may not be apparent to ...
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Why does Skype's “x” button minimize the application instead of closing?

I was browsing through the web and I came across this sentiment: Dear Skype, this (red X) button means close, not minimize I also found the same question on the Skype website. Why would a ...
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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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Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?

Why do we still have these HTTP error codes? For me it seems like they are completely useless for the user (not for all but most of them). It says nothing helpful (look at the screenshot above, it ...
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Should settings buttons show current or alternate setting? [duplicate]

As a general standard, when having an icon for a setting, I've never been sure whether to display the icon for the currently enabled setting, or the alternative. My exact situation is within a mobile ...
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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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Standards, guidelines or usability research for touch laptops?

From what I've read about CES it seems like a big upcoming trend in hardware is touch enabled laptops. And of course Microsoft's Surface device is sort of a touch enabled laptop. This is a whole new ...
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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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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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Opens in a new window icon placement

When using an icon to represent a link I believe the standard convention is [icon] [Link]. A colleague has raised the point that for links that open in a new window, the icon should appear after the ...
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What is the best way to get a UX/UI team to adopt standards?

We're a team of around 4 UI Developers, 1 Designer and 2 UX. We work on a series of ongoing projects and every month or so, we start a new small project from scratch. All projects are owned by the ...
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What is the best model for Label and Value placement in Android Mobile device

This is one topic I always have debates on with my client. How to put labels and corresponding value for a mobile device running on Android OS. Google has not specified any best practice for the same ...
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Is there any standard guideline for requirements gathering?

On Programmers.SE, there was a question a few days ago, asking wether there's an update to the IEEE 830-1998, which is a recommended best practice (not a standard!) for organization of a Software ...
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Is it worth paying to read ISO 9241-110:2006 - Ergonomics of human-system interaction — Part 110: Dialogue principles

The requirements section of wikipedia's page on user interface design refers to ISO 9241, particularly part 10 which has been withdrawn and replaced with ISO 9241-110:2006 - Ergonomics of human-system ...
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Key usability features to pull out from software use?

We are developing this software and I have a hunch that creating a framework such as Google Analytics for our window based java application would be a good idea. However I'd like to know which ...
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Screen sizes, how do we determine standards and what are they?

Recommending a screen size Recently I have been doing some research on screen sizes and realized that I had to rethink many of my previous assumptions. As a UX professional I feel it is of utmost ...
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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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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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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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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 ...