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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 ...
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How to handle lots of legal text (40k words) on a webpage (also mobile)

I want to redesign the guideline (rulebook) page of my sport association. The problem is that its a legal document which contains a lot of text (around 41.000 words) with a lot of (sub)headlines and ...
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How to show link affordance on text/passages on mobile?

I'm building a mobile app with clickable text passages from a book. How can I indicate that the text can be clicked? The app kind of looks like this image below (minus the blue text). In my app, ...
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Best way to represent bulleted lists in a text file

I have a large document that used to be in rich text, but must now be in plaintext. The document previously utilized nested lists to organize information. Is there a "best practice" for replicating ...
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Button text in table column - 'Open' or action name?

I need to decide which version will be more intuitive: Ver. 1 - action name in heading and open buttons: Ver. 2 - empty heading and action name on each button: Is it a big difference between ...
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multilanguage labelling

I am currently working on an app which will be used in a several latin languages. Does anyone know any resources or best practices for label text usage in such apps? Thank you
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Are textured backgrounds accessible?

The following image is a design that is raising concern over accessibility, due to the presence of a light speckled background texture, and possibly the color contrast between text and background. I ...
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Description and Value, which should be bold?

On a single detail page, which is better? Or should we not bold anything? (bold descriptions) Screen size: 960x480 Dimensions: 8mm x 102mm x 64mm Battery Life: 18hrs Capacity: 32gb Processor: 64bit ...
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Order of multiple photos and text in articles

I've read on previous questions here that it's generally better to have this order when organizing photos and relevant text together. [photo] [text describing photo] I don't have a problem with the ...
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Should paragraphs in WYSIWYG editor have vertical margins

In a WYSIWYG editor for forum posts, should there be vertical margins between paragraphs? In other words, should the enter key produce a vertical space? Either way, the other style can be simulated ...
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Should UI be phrased positively or negatively? [duplicate]

I was discussing with a workmate whether user interfaces should be phrased in a positive or a negative manner. I've observed positive sentences are clearer than negative ones to the average user. ...
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Multiple ways to provide similar functionality in a text editor

I am working on a text editor (web app) which will provide powerful, customizable functionality, but in a minimal (requirement) appearance. One of the functions is: "create new snippet". I want this ...
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How does the visual size of a text input field affect users' expectation of how much they should write?

It's well-known that you should size your input fields to the amount of text you want the user to write. There's an example of that on this very page: even though the "Your answer" field can stretch ...
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Should special characters or punctuation be included in hyperlink text?

I researched this topic and there appears to be conflicting answers for this question. When hyperlinked text might include special characters/punctuation, is it proper to include these characters ...
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Negative Effects on UX from Text on Images [duplicate]

Jakob Nielsen in "Eyetracking Web Usability," recommends against placing text on top of images or textured background in advertisements because only 35% of people will look at it. Is there any other ...
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Wording for the “edit” link text

I'm building a website that's in many ways similar to StackExchange but more focused on other topics and differently structured. Now, I've come to the links text wording.. Particularly, the "edit" ...
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How to best align numbers and text in one column?

I am struggling with small redesign of our app's screens. I have a few labels + values (one under the other) which contain numerical and text data. Another complication is that some of those numeric ...
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Best Practices with Text-based Summary for Dashboards

Developing a "tiled" dashboard for one of my clients, I am considering the employment of "text-based summary" in lieu of absolute figures. For those unfamiliar with a "tiled" dashboards, below is an ...
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Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?

Do we “exit” an application, do we “quit” an application, do we “close” an application? This is in relation to a desktop app. What is the most meaningful term to use?
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Should the description of a picture be above it or below?

There are many places where we've to put an image one below the other and write their description in a line or so. Where should the description text be? above it or below? I know the best option is ...
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Text on movie background

I'm struggling how to show logo and text on a background which changes. Live example: http://firestartr.co.s3-website-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ It goes form dark to light so choosing black or ...
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How to layout an icon, text and number within limited space?

If I have limited space, typically narrow enough that I cannot just spell things normally like "4 Strength" or "Strength 4", as this shrinks the font to nearly unreadable. How can I layout an icon, ...
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What's the ideal length of a paragraph

We all know what the ideal number of characters is for a line, however I haven't been able to find any guides on the number of lines that provide the best readability. I understand this is a bit ...
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Are users reading full-length biographies?

Often times when browsing the web there are multiple instances of pre-filled celebrity bios pulled either form Wikipedia or some sort of information database. This I find occurs mostly on media based ...
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Most suitable text for “Saved Queries” for non-tech users

My website has an option to search and drill down people by various data points. To enable them to save these filters for future use, there is an option to save the filter criteria. I don't want to ...
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Modal for a full 'description' field

I have a site that I have developed that allows visitors to submit/upload their own entries. They fill in a form to do so, which then gets outputted onto the site. One of the fields is a ...
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DC or District of Columbia in State List?

When making a drop down to select state is it generally preferred to put DC or District of Columbia? Should you just go with DC if all other states are abbreviated and District of Columbia otherwise? ...
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Multiple choice forms with radio: Should the choices be arranged horizontally, vertically, or in a square?

My work involves designing the interface for quizzes taken by college students. When designing for quizzes, what would be the easiest arrangement to read for my users: horizontal, "square", or ...
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Should a UI say “My Stuff”, or “Your Stuff”? [duplicate]

I've been getting some different opinions on this question, and wondered if anyone has a well-motivated response. Basically, if I have a part of a website that's called "My something" or "Your ...
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What's the best practice of showing a lot of text inside Android Fragment

What's the best way to present a lot of text to the user inside an Android Fragment? I tried with ExpandableListView but since the individual items don't have a title, this is not the best solution I ...
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Navigation on side – dealing with link lengths – different font sizes?

At the moment I am building a webpage where the main navigation is located on the side, not at the top. The page uses a CMS where the user can create own menu links. That means if someone enters a ...
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How to create a fun breakpoints while reading long texts in mobile

I'm doing a mobile app, where the user may be facing 10 pages of only text (no visuals at all). The user doesn't have to read all the pages for using the App but we want to encourage it. I want to ...
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Text link distinction

I am working on on a site which uses a hover state on a link within copy (a window pops up, much like a tool tip) as well as a standard link (which takes the visitor to another page). The distinction ...
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How to gently lock a form when user is still typing (after finished countdown)?

I’m creating a website where users practice writing short stories. One particular task is writing a story in less than 15 minutes (the stories will later be reviewed/rated by other users). The ...
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Period, or no period, when a text message is displayed on screen

When a user interacts with a button on a website, and the buttons gives some confirmation text to let user know that the action has been performed successfully or unsuccessfully, should there be a ...
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Edit button text in Modal Dialogue: Save or Edit

We're creating an app and my research on UX puts me into the mindset that 'a button text must be a verb that describes its function' So i have created a jQuery modal box and an edit modal box (which ...
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What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog to increase the readability of the text? [closed]

http://nomad.so/ What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog (above) to increase the contrast of the text? i don't really want to change the overall design, just tweak the colours to improve ...
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How to write info email on my website (Plain text or Image)?

Usually, info email will be provided in modern websites, either in contact page or on top of all pages, the issue here is spammer that can get the email (extract by regex or any other method), now, if ...
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Why is the user experience of licence agreements always so terrible?

Why is it that the user experience of licence agreements always seems to be intentionally unpleasant and difficult? The font is nearly always too small. The text is dense and difficult to scan. ...
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Best way to handle long URLs

I have a list that contains long, in terms of character count, links and I am wondering if my solution is a good solution in terms of UX. My solution is that if the link is over 80 characters, then ...
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Best way to divvy up screen space in pictorial article mobile app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that gives users access to image-heavy articles. We want to showcase the images--they're like the bread and butter of the app, so we're opting for a kind of scrolling ...
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Multi-column articles

I just came across this article by Paul Lewis. The first thing I noticed was the multi-column layout. It's great that people are trying to break the usage of overused templates for articles/blogs, ...
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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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Styling Labels for a Line-of-Business Web Application

I'm looking for some guidance on how labels should be styled for a data entry web application. My client feels that the labels detract from the user interface where I feel they provide necessary ...
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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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Should i line wrap my emails?

When my coworkers send their emails, some would diligently line wrap the body text into lines that are at most, say 78 characters wide, others would use no line break in a paragraph, and the ...
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Which one to use in printing: CW or CCW rotated vertical text?

What are your opinions, which of the following text are easier to read? CCW text in one row CW text in one row CCW text in two rows CW text in two rows And what if the writing is on a vertical ...
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Is it better to place text above or below icons?

This UX.SE question discusses the use of text above vs. below images & videos, and in general the answers say to put text below images. I'm thinking that it must be different with icons, since ...
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Usability of vertical text

I am playing with ideas for a menu that I want to add to some site designs and was wondering: How usable is vertical text in any portion of a site (specifically menus)? For example You can have ...
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Maximum usability for purely text-based menus?

I'm designing a 'retro-style' video game, in which the user has to navigate relatively complex (around six or seven options on the screen at a time) text-based menus very often (once every minute, ...