a tab widget presents one out of a number of same sized panels to interact with. Which panel is presented is chosen from a list along one edge.

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Porting an Iphone app to Android - what are the ActionBar considerations?

we have an iPhone app Design with an designed icon tab bar at the bottom. For adoption to Android I have a few questions: Is there a need to put the tabs to the top? Or is it okay to break with ...
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Guidelines for making the active tab selectable?

I have not been able to find guidelines (let alone user studies backing up the guidelines) specifying best practice for this aspect of tab behavior: when (if ever) should the selected (active) tab be ...
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Products in Tabs - Bad idea?

In a current project I'm trying to make an argument against a 'major feature' of the homepage of an e-commerce site. The so called feature would be the display of featured products with different tags ...
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how to make compact UI for lists

I'm making an app with 2 lists in the main screen, and the space allocated for the 2 lists are equal. So there will be only 5 items visible for each list. I'm thinking of an improvement on making ...
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Having settings in edit mode across multiple tabs - confusing?

I'm trying to make an area where users view/edit the info for their customers less confusing. The current arrangement (which I've inherited) is below. The user clicks an "edit" button and the fields ...
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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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What are the requirements from a multi-row tab control in order that users will be able to intuitively tell which tab is active?

In the implementation in Visual Studio 2010's "Tab Well" (a feature of the "Power Tools" extension), pinned tabs can be multi-row, non pinned tabs are in one scrolling row. In Firefox's "Tab Mix Pro" ...
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Nested tabs (vertical within horizontal) alternative

I am working on a component is part of a larger wizard. It is made up of nested tabs (only 2 levels deep). Here is a quick wireframe of the it: The system I am working on is a refresh of an ...
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What is the best way to display per-tab commands or actions?

I am working on a multiple document interface Windows application. We're using tabs to represent open documents for editing. I have three levels of possible commands: Global Per-tab Per-sub-tab ...
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Tabs at the top AND at the bottom of a page?

In case of several very long pages organized by tabs, is it better to repeat tabs at the bottom or to have a "Go to top" button? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq ...
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What can be an alternative to tabs in an iphone or android application

What type of a design/design philosophy/gesture can be a good alternative to tabs in an iphone or an android application? Tabs are good and tell the user that there is another ...
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double tab navigation - what are your thoughts on this exprience?

UPDATE: I ended up getting rid of the double set of tabs to simplify the experience. You can see the result on the site. I have a UX issue I was hoping you could help with. I'm redesigning our nav ...
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Tabs, but no tab selected by default?

I am working on an view that allows you to define a list of matching criteria and then allows you to view various reports. This is what I have till now: Now, you would probably want to ask... if ...
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Insight on Number of Subtabs

Anyone know of usability studies that indicate how to deal with a design that comes your way and has a lot of subtabs? By subtabs I mean tabs within tabs on the same page. So, there might be a row of ...
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Are actions within buttons easy to use?

There are examples on the web with actions within a clickable area. Does this create an issue with users mistakenly clicking a delete or close button vs the actual area? Examples:
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iOS Global Tab Bar Navigation - Reset navigation “stack” when switching between tabs?

I have an iOS app that uses a tab bar global navigation scheme (UITabBar), with 4 tabs. Some users are getting confused when they go from Tab A, to Tab B, and then back to Tab A, where they see the ...
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Is it bad UX to switch tabs automatically in an iPhone app?

I'm working on an app that allows users to buy tickets for events, one tab will have an event search and a second will provide a way of getting to the basket (there are others in addition to those). ...
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Tabs or Accordion (collapsible / expandable) content sections [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: accordions vs tabs What would the most user friendly experience be to display a the content of a long web page? Display it as collapsible and expandable content ...
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Tabbed Pane : Multi-row style. To jump or not?

Most applications that have tabbed panes use the standard Windows style of dealing with multiple rows of tabs. Ie. if a tab in the back row is clicked then the WHOLE row jumps forward, and the forward ...
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Dynamic added Tabs vs Dynamic added collapsibles

We are creating dynamic multiple steps form where we have dynamically added form fields by the user and we'd like to group these fields under a common title in either tabs or collapsibles for example: ...
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What should we do with external links on a Reddit-like social news site?

Basically, we are working on a site that is similar to Reddit (but not exactly a clone). Users are able to post images, links and text posts (what Reddit calls "self posts") and we believe links will ...
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Settings dialog with multiple tabs: same options on two different tabs?

I am designing a settings dialog with multiple tabs for our desktop application. There is a particular (small) group of options that is applicable to two separate tabs in the settings dialog. I ...
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How Should Tabbed Content be Loaded?

There are several approaches to loading content inside tabs. For example, Load all content initially, then just manipulate the DOM to show/hide tabs Load only the content of the active tab ...
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Too many navigation levels?

Do you thing the user workflow is too "busy" on the screenshot below? The idea is to bring a user through all the the tabs. The workflow would be: Use the main tabs (vertical or horizontal..not ...
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When using a popup or a new page?

I have following situation at work (older Forms application): we have an order entry form, which consists of 3 main tabs: the order header, a confirmation tab and the order detail (lines). I have ...
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What are the Best Practices for Server Side Tabs?

My client wants to use server side tabs as described here and found here and here. I've read through the 13 Tab Usability Guidelines and we're mostly on track there. For #13 Fast Response Time: ...
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What should the behaviour be of tabs in a form?

I'm implementing a (subscription)form which is designed by another party. A description of the form: - First there are a couple of text-fields - Then there is a section with tabs which contain ...
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Which UI is more user-friendly and effective: Tabs or Collapsible Panels?

Not sure if the collapsible panels have a different name but I have seen them referred to as rollouts. I have used many applications that use one or the other or both, but I am wondering if there are ...
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Revealing functionality (tabs) as the user enters more data

Assume that we have an application where the user can add his/her events. The application has 4 main functions (represented as horizontal tabs when the user logs in): calendar view list view graph ...
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Tabulation order in preferences dialog

Let's say I have a basic preferences dialog (tabs at the top, but I could also have put them at the left, it doesn't matter here). I like to use the tabulation key to navigate through the options. ...
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Can web analytic tools track user's behavior across tabs?

I'm curious about logging user actions across multiple tabs; is a user's actions across multiple tabs within a browser trackable? So from user's point of view is there an additional element of privacy ...
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Tabs in textboxes

I'm building a website where my users will have to enter their code quite often. Along with other data (title, tags) the user will enter anywhere from one line of code to an entire block of up to 100 ...
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Preferred Tab Order - Chronological or Importance?

In an app where you earn credits and then spend those credits, there will be a history screen with two tabs - earning history and spending history. Which tab order makes the most sense? 1) ...
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What shall the recent tab consist of?

I have a site which creates activities and perform various functionality in it. It consists of two tabs, current and recent. Current activity -shows the name of current activity on which user is ...
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Issues with Tabbed Layout

Larger View Here's a screenshot of something I'm currently working on. I decided to use tabs at the top because filling in the "Office Details" is just as important as the list of employees and ...
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Best Way to Handle on Unknown Number of Tabs

I'm currently on a project where a user can add "tabs" to their page. Something like: Home | About | Blog | Cats | Music I Like They are allowed to enter as many tabs as they want (well, in theory. ...
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Do 'page corners' work as an alternative to a 2 page tab-control

I need to hint to the user of a second 'page' for a control on an XML Editor. The conventional way to do this with a tabbed page. There are 3 problems with this: My graphics skills aren't up to ...
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Main Tabs & Sub tabs colour codes, best practice?

We are developing a webapplication and some of us has gotten into a small argument of how the main tabs and their corresponding sub tabs should be displayed. It's mainly a question of weather the ...
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Simple v Advanced view

I am designing a site where you can search for a service, and each results displays a service details page. I have come to the fork where I have to decide whether to use just one view, or whether I ...
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What is a good design choice for two collapsible panels on the left?

Our company UI stanradrds enforce the following overall design: Left hand side of the window contains a menu (what would have been navigational tabs otherwise) Right hand side is the app working ...
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Adding new address in tabs

In a web application I am building, I need to allow users to add multiple contact addresses to their account. The form for adding one address is quite long and I would like to avoid modals for this. ...
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Best way to display contextual user entry errors in a tabbed html form

I have a web application that has a very large form. That form is split into several tabbed areas, which divide the entry of the data in to logical blocks. I have a single submit button outside the ...
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Accessible Disabled State

Is there a best practice for disabled/inactive buttons or tabs that meet accessibility color contrast requirements? A greyed out treatment seems to be the most common, however grey on lighter grey ...
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Tabbed (swipable) AND drop-downs mobile UX

I'm no UX expert but I've been tasked with reviewing our current design structure vs a proposed one for our mobile site. I've mocked something up in Balsamiq that utilises a horizontal tabbed ...
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Moving items between tabs

I'm designing a template editor for my WPF app. Each template is compromised of multiple child items. Here's a mock up: The user should be able to move template items between the History, ...
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Dashboard vs tabs on mobile UIs

Are there any particular guidelines about when to use tabs on a mobile interface as against yelp style category buttons(Dashboard) on the landing screen? Yelp style category buttons(Dashboard): ...
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In Android application, when to use View control instead of Tab

I develop a shopping application for one company. First time I design to use Tab to categorize product in shop. But I am not sure Ishould use "View control" instead of "Tab" or not. Tab and View ...
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Shrinking down a grid to use as tab-like navigation?

I am trying to design a navigation system for users researching entities. This is what you see when you arrive at a page for a particular entity - basic info, plus a whole load of different expandable ...
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Category and tagging organization

Background Looking to present tagged recipes (edit: that users have tagged themselves on their own recipes) in a way that makes them easy to find. All tags are automatically categorized; recipes may ...
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TDI vs SDI - when should an app that saves files to disk have one window per “document”?

tl;dr How should an application handle windows for content-savable-to-disk (sort of documents) behave under an OS that has menu-bar-per-window (Windows, Gnome Shell) and under an OS that has single ...