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Guidelines for Console UI (CLI)

I have to build a Console UI which will consist of a few main groups each consisting of nested labels and input fields. Are there any guidelines out there for making something like this easy to ...
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What is the best way to label placeholder call-to-actions?

I'm creating a search input where the user can search for: restaurants, dishes, and cuisines. I was wondering when it comes to placeholder text what is the most proper way to label this ...
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On feeds, should newer items be at the bottom or the top?

I make feeds for a living and unless I'm mixed-up, on all the feeds I can think of, from Whassapp down, of course new items appear at the top of the page, the top of the list. (I.E., the old items ...
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How to optimize scientific reference styles for readers?

There is a plethora of styles for citations and bibliographies in scientific journals and books, even within a single field. They built upon traditions, which are usually not arbitrary but were once ...
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How can I show long titles in a short drop-down list button? [duplicate]

I have a dropdown button which will display under it a list of sections for an online e-learning course. The button works fine for short titles but this website is known for having titles that can go ...
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Image width and alignment in long-form content: Best practices?

The website in question is for long-form blog content. The body will include images that users input when they create their blog/content entries, hence the number of images in post is not ...
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Should I use a single or double space after a period?

In a paragraph of multiple sentences, should there be one or two spaces after each sentence's period for readability? The paragraph is typed in Arial font. Does this matter? It is size 11 font. Does ...
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When should bold, italics, and colour be used to draw attention in a sentence?

Following is my signature on some other fora: Interested in Drawing, Painting, and Crafts? Please Commit to the Arts and Crafts Stackoverflow proposal! I cannot show it here but the words ...
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should I use singular or just default plural in labeling the 'followers'

I have this feature in my app, whereby I display the number of followers. I created the logic so when there are no followers or zero, it's labeled as 'follower'. Currently it also does this when ...
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Is Font Boosting Good UX? [closed]

I begin with a quote from developer John Mellor, which explains the mobile Chrome feature I'm talking about better than I can, and comes from the perspective of someone close to the feature. When ...
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Should I replace the Arial font with something else for better small advertisement label clarity?

Once again, I'm formatting ad spaces on my website to improve user experience. One thing that intrigues me is the font. For years, I've always stuck to the standard Arial font for all text on my ...
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Text around a circle

I'm working on a radial tree. There will be nodes on branches and leaves of each tree, with text next to it -- using this model on d3. Now, I realize that it is very neat that they managed to ...
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Why should text be non-selectable?

I've seen some websites that make their text unselectable. And I believe that this can break up user experience, as "selectable text" is a well established ui pattern on web and computer in general. ...
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Why are news sites articles one big block of text instead of broken down with subheaders?

I have noticed something about sites like cnn, reuters, cbsnews etc. All of these have long blocks of text. They don't try to break it up with sub-headers even visually. ...
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What's the best title for Web Application pages?

In a typical Web Application we use the CRUD model to manipulate objects in a data store. The user will see a list of the objects on an index page, create a new object on the new page, edit an ...
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Displaying text on camera feed

I am developing a iOS app, for which the main screen is used to scan a QR code. I want the camera to cover the screen, and at the same time display several text elements. My main strategy so far has ...
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Best practice to change the text direction for Asian users?

I'm working on an iOS 8 note taking app that will be released in the US but also in Asian countries. For the latter I need to change the text direction from the default "left to right" to "right to ...
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Are there guidelines for when to use UPPERCASE, Capitalize Each Word, or Only the first letter?

We currently use UPPERCASE headers and titles quite a bit (probably too much) and are looking to adopt a consistent set of rules for when it makes sense to use... ALL UPPERCASE Capitalize the first ...
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What is the best way to trim long text?

I'm trying to create a product listing page that includes the description in the listings. However, the page is not uniform and is very long. I've tried several ways of trimming the text, but what is ...
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What to use for “other” or “unknown” gender?

We're showing a pie graph that would show something like 53% male, 41% female and 7% unknown. The "unknown" category includes many reasons we can't tell: we don't know, we can't know for legal ...
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“Lorem ipsum” for non-Latin scripts?

Lorem ipsum is the standard "placeholder" text for demonstrating typefaces or layouts in the Latin alphabet: it's got a relatively normal distribution of characters for a Western European language, ...
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Is it bad practice to use “Lorem Ipsum” example text in a text-preferences screen?

I'm the developer of an application where text plays a major role in the user interface. Users can adjust the style of the text in a preference screen. I have added an example text to the preference ...
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Is blue text, or blue background better for maintaining alertness?

Recent studies on blue light increasing alertness lead to the questions... For online research, which is mostly scanning for relevant text, is black text on a blue background better? For intensely ...
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Can text shadow enhance readability?

CSS font shadows are often used to help make text stand out (or in, or colorful, or many other fancy things.) I'm wondering if it can be used to aid readability. I know finding the right amount of ...
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How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...
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Which gives heavier congitive load in grid on phone screen? Grid of images or grid of text? And which is faster to recognize?

Im creating an app where on main screen I'll present contacts. Im wondering if I should present them to user in grid view or table view. I assume that list view is probably faster. But if I choose ...
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Could traditional print benefit from beeline reading?

(Not sure if this is the right exchange for this kind of question, so feel free to transfer it somewhere else.) I just recently rediscovered that I have the Beeline Reader extension installed in my ...
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How to display long text in a short input box?

I can't decide which of the following 3 options is best so I'll ask here which option would you choose and why? Edit: to be clear those are text input controls and not cells of table data. Try them ...
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Any non finicky way to show extra rollover info on an iphone

I'm converting a really long survey from a web app to a mobile app. It's 250 questions long so I've divided it into logical sections to split it up a bit. The idea is a user is presented with a ...
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(How) does capitalization affect readability

TLDR In short, given the following two options: This is sentence case This is Title Case Has any research been done into which one is more user-friendly, especially considering dyslexia and other ...
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Displaying two similar adjacent numerical values

I am adding functionality to incorporate E-Cigarettes into our EMR. Currently, a user may select from a variety of drop-down lists that allow them to choose the amount smoked, cartridge size, ...
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How best to display truncated links?

I'm working on a Q&A platform, and I was wondering. Within My Account you can check your questions, answers and comments such as [Your answer] Date: [XX-XX-XX] Number of answers:[XX] ...
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“Device in use” phrasing

I'm making an android app, in it there's a settings section regarding notifications. There's a category of settings that apply only when the device is currently being used, and the category is labeled ...
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Is there a difference between 'Attempts remaining' and 'Attempt N of X'?

I am trying to load a third-party script in my program. If the script fails to load properly then I will attempt to load again a set number of times. I need to inform the user that this reload attempt ...
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Do all screens need headings?

Trying to understand a particular element of standards and best-practices. I'm tasked with designing a new dashboard for an internal system (note: SEO is not part of the equation; security ...
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Slick text transitions for game tutorial

Are there any names for the techniques/transitions used to make text appear in a slick, and attention grabbing (but unobtrusive) way? A typical use case for this is the tutorial level of a game, ...
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Optimum number of characters in a column on an iphone or android device?

Hello everyone I was trying to fit names into columns on iPhone and Android screens. I don't know how to optimize the number of characters to get maximum amount of text fit in both screens. Does this ...
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What is the readability rationale for unspaced em dashes in sentences

An "em-dash" is what the experts call hyphens separating words in a sentence... as distinct from a hyphenated-word. English grammar rules apparently promote having no space surrounding these em-dashes ...
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Can italics be used to de-emphasise text?

In this example picture of text, the role of the italics was to de-emphasise the duration. Generally, italics are used to add emphasis. Am I incorrect in my assumption that this does, actually, ...
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Guidelines on using hyphenation in interactive design

It's a well established recommendation for publications containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Are there any ideas or guidelines on how hyphenation should be (not) used on ...
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Graph number alignment

It's only a small thing but it has me stumped. I have a graph that displays the numbers from +10 to -60 along the left hand side & also replicated along the right hand side. So say for example ...
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Where to put information about an app?

I am creating an Android application where users enter in their GPA, SAT, and ACT scores and select majors that they are interested in. The output shows a list of colleges in descending order of how ...
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Is content teasing effective?

so lately I've been wondering, if there's any research on efficiency of content teasers, and by that I mean blurred content (for example: answers to questions) with registration button. My main ...
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How should I capitalize and format references to UI field entries?

Several sources recommend capitalizing and formatting references to UI element labels just as they appear in the UI. My question is how should I capitalize categorical references to the information I ...
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Explaining to computer illiterate users - text vs images of text

I'm having difficulty explaining the differences between text and images of text (or text in images in general). I've stated that: When text is text, parts of the text can normally be selected and ...
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alternative to 'menu' when placing text with a hamburger nav stack icon

Ive been trying to think through some alternative text to place next to a hamburger nav icon. I feel 'menu' sounds like a restaurant, although the only other thing i could think of was to use the ...
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What are some good methods for displaying large amounts of text?

I have a lot of text for the website and all of them are important. I cant cut down the text much. Then, is there any better way to represents those text? The contents include some bullet points ...
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Displaying percentage difference from zero

I need to display the difference in percentage from the old value with the new one. I got the formula and it's working except I don't know what I should display if one if the value is zero and the ...
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How does it feel to type with Google Glass? [closed]

Does Google Glass come with any note-taking or text-based application? I'm quite curious about the possible ways of inputting text using the Glass, apart from speech-input, and how it actually feels. ...
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Why are product keys always uppercase?

As the title says, is there a specific reason for why products keys are (almost) always in uppercase? Does it serve a purpose? Here's what I mean by a product key: ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678-IJKL Why ...