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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, ...
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How to calculate the best width of a text element

I am developing a visual editor where the nodes in the editor can contain text. The size of the text can vary, and can contain any character. Since it is important for me to minimize the size of the ...
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Should all button text start with a verb?

I'm reading The Grammar of Interactivity on UXBooth and finds it quite interesting. However, the article quotes David Hamill who said (or wrote): Buttons are for actions, like “Get a quote,” ...
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Relationship between font-size and width of container

Are there any studies done which tell us the relationship between the font size and the optimal width of the container they are in? For example, 12px font size is going to be too small in a container ...
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How to create text-shadow in Axure [closed]

My Goal Im using Axure for prototyping and I've created widgets which reflect my application UI. One thing I would like to achieve is the ability to add text-shadow onto certain elements, without ...
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Combination of text and drag and drop search

I am designing a filter function for a software application (not a web site) which contains multiple input controllers. A text input is used in combination with a drop zone for files (for drag and ...
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What is the best way to display linked text?

I always was curious about the following question: What is the best UX way to present a text that act as information and also as a link (for example to more detailed information). I always ...
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Equal Opportunities Button

I'm currently designing a form at the end of an application process to ask potential candidates to complete an Equal Opportunities form. (We are required by law to provide this) However I'm trying to ...
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What is the optimal vertical margin between paragraphs?

Here on ux.StackExchange they have gaps that are a bit smaller than one line height (~88%), but I’ve read a few times that 100% of the line height provides best readability because it continues the ...
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Collapsible content vs. static text for FAQ/Information page

I am designing a simple FAQ/information page. We already have one, which you can view here: http://merchantfuse.com/site/general As you can see we use collapsible content boxes. However I am ...
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Is “chars” a universally understandable abbreviation for “characters”?

I'm trying to limit instructional text in a form. Can I shorten "75 characters" to "75 chars" and have it be clear to a fairly inexperienced Web user?
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Why doesn't pasting (Ctrl-V or Command-V) default to unformatted text?

Like most people, I use copy and paste a lot in my day to day life, but I can't think of a single time that I have wanted to copy the formatting over with the content. Instead, I always seem to have ...
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Text layout in forms [closed]

I'm in the process of creating some design guidelines for a big form based application. The application has its fair share of "this information is vital to the users and can't be missed". I've seen ...
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How to place text and a gallery side by side without giving more relevance to one or the other?

I have some galleries and some text (2 o 3 word pages) attached to each gallery. Until now I've had a gallery and the text in two different pages, with a link bar to switch between one and the other. ...
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Grid text alignment rules

I was wondering if someone has come across rules used by web designers for text alignment in a grid. I was observing that majority of text is aligned towards left, but financial figures with ...
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CMS Article intro text list with read more link

I have a list of articles and on the front end I want to display the title, content and then a read more link. The content can be long, so I want to show only the first portion of content in the list, ...
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What are some reference works for capitalization in UI text?

I'm currently in the process of updating the language files for a large web portal. Over time, a lot of inconsistencies have crept in, and so in different places you might see contrasting: Titles > ...
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How much of the related text should be included in a hyperlink?

When adding hyperlinks to the markup in paragraph-sized runs of text, how much of the text relevant to each link should be included? So I know links that just say "here" or "this" are bad, but what ...
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Aligning text data in a grid

I've been asked to look at one of our legacy applications from a usability perspective. On one screen, we have a situation where data is displayed in two columns (eg. Key: Value) where we've ...
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How to tell a user how many characters remaining for a form input

We have a couple of form fields on which we impose some character limits. However, I'm having trouble thinking of how to appropriately convey this character limit to the user. At the moment, it looks ...
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How can I draw attention to a text field which needs to be filled out first?

I want my textfield to stand out, because users can work with the rest of the page only after they filled it in. The interface is clean and strict, so I can probably add some color to grab attention. ...
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If starting fresh, is a 140 character limit for tweets/status updates in general a good limit? [closed]

According to Why 140 characters and how to write more the limit on tweets was 140 because the SMS message limit is 160. They wanted tweets to be sent in one text (with space for username). However, ...
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Should Font Faces be the Same Across Different Devices?

My company has been working on a fluid grid design for our website so users can access information through their mobile phones and tablets. I was thinking of incorporating a font change on various ...
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Where do you position the title of a video?

When designing a video webpage, should the video's title be the heading of the entire page or should it be the caption of the video? How do you choose between the two? Below are two flagship examples ...
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What is the best practice for data table cell content alignment

We are currently working on a windows based application where users capture data. Some data is captured in a table where other data is captured in text blocks. Im currently faced with the dilemma of ...
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How to better name modal buttons “Cancel Request” (submit), “Cancel” (cancel)? [duplicate]

One modal-box asks the user wether they want to really cancel the request. Now there are two buttons (submit) and (cancel), but how to best name them? All other modals use text like "proceed" (submit) ...
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Should web app text be justified?

Are there any studies on the use of justified text in web apps? How does justification affect screen legibility? Example of justified text:
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What's the most effective means of annotating scientific web pages?

I was wondering what evidence there is on the most effective means of presenting annotations to scholarly (or quasi-scholarly) work on the web. I'm planning to put some articles onto the web, each ...
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What is a good arrangement for labels that may be read in any orientation?

(This question is, for the time being, theoretical.) After watching a beautiful video compiled from photographs taken from the International Space Station, I noticed the labels of the Soyuz vehicle ...
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Alerts, notifications, (status) messages - looking for real practical examples [closed]

Are there somewhere real practical examples of texts for alerts, notifications and status messages? I thought of something like a library where you could search for an area and find ideas and ...
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Why do most dashboards use capital words?

Most car manufacturers seem to use ALL CAPS for the interiors's buttons and switches, at least when they are not using symbols. Example: They even use capitals for things that are not even ...
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What should my button read, when user is done reading a text / message

I have a pop up which has a text / message / announcement to read by user. When user is done reading, I would want user to close pop up window by clicking button below this message or text. Can ...
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Announcement text length should be restricted or not?

My product has Announcements. Where we will ask user to input their Announcement text. And site will show this announcement as a flashing content over user's home page. I am confused on "what should ...
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Request for refrence to an article [closed]

I distinctly remember an article about about how text is 70 or 90 percent of the user interface. Meaning to say that proper labeling and writing are key elements to assist users to understand the ...
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Usefulness of on-site text resize tools

I'm not sure what to call them, but anyone know of research on the effectiveness of including the ability to resize text onscreen via a buttons/toggle. I mean the "aA" button you still sometimes see ...
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Table user readability/clarity

I've got a table that displays data to users. Each line of data can have a report attached to it. The 2nd cell in the table is used to show users if there is a report present, if there is you get an ...
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Would the users be able to understand “emp” as “employee” if I have space constraints? [closed]

I have to show employee status in a place but I have a space constraint. Will the users be able to understand "emp" as "employee"?
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Best reading width for reading content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideal column width for paragraphs online What are the most conventional type of width to read content, especially long content? Is there any studies ? For example ...
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What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?

Here's how Microsoft new Windows Azure portal elements look like: and that seems to be "Windows 8 style". Visual Studio 2012 also has plenty of user elements in ALL CAPS. For dozens of years ALL ...
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Tooltips maximum length as per usability and display time

I want to implement tooltips on product screens in a web application for Telecom. What should be the maximum tooltip text length?
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Is there a convention for identifying final vs. placeholder text in wireframes?

I'm working on a bunch of wireframes where I have a mix of near-final and copy-guide text. Near-final copy are text that our visual designers should use in their designs verbatim, and copy-guides are ...
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Long content in Tables

What is the best way maximize readability when displaying variations of long/short text within table?
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Ideal Donate Button Text for Nonprofit Website

What would be the ideal text for a donate button? My client would like to use "Give" as the button text, but should I urge for "Donate", as I feel this is more of the convention.