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Modern approach to textarea (or alternatives)

For a simple text editor for longer articles I am looking for advice and inspiration on programming/designing a minimalistic and modern textarea (which does not necessarily have to use the tag) ...
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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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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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How to design usable web site terms & conditions?

What are some guidelines and examples for designing usable legal terms for web sites? I know that most users don't read it, but are there innovative ways to improve readability and presentation of ...
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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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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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Context sensitive help for wordy user preferences

Current UI Here is a poorly designed panel on a preferences dialog for the open source audio editor 'Audacity'. I'd like to do something about it. How it got that way In the past the text beside ...
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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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How to layout an article with illustrations?

I need to right an article/tutorial that has illustrations. The illustrations are not necessary, but are nice to have. They will help visually inclined people or people who just hate reading. How ...
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What are user friendly ways to display XML for reading & scanning

I'm looking for examples and advice for displaying XML in a user readable way. The user does not edit the xml, but is just looking for information inside of the xml. I'm designing an interface for ...
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Why are software EULAs typically displayed in a tiny non-adjustable box with lots of scrolling?

From my experience whenever I have to install a piece of software I'm presented an end-user license agreement (EULA) in the following way: Specifically the EULA is a long text in legalese and I ...
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Should a full-sentence HTML link include the period in the linked text?

In HTML, if a full sentence is used for a link, should its terminal punctuation (i.e., period) be included in the linked text? Consider these two examples: <a href="about:blank">Watch the ...
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How to logically group textual elements for readability?

If you have text elements that are all the same color (ie Black), what is the optimal way to logically group text for readability? Should you change the text color for title/subject headings? Would ...
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How should I format question-response sections in a document?

I work on proposals that need to be formatted in question-response sections. Currently, we use different colors to distinguish between questions and responses. However, members of my team want to make ...
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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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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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UI for audio synced with text

I'm working on an outlining application that syncs items in the outline to recorded audio. The ideas is that you can play the audio from a specific place in your document, or get to an item from a ...
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1answer
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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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How can I distinguish two different types of buttons, without using labels everywhere?

I'm developing an application to count traffic at intersections. There will be two different types of buttons: one to count trucks ("lkw" is the german abbreviation for a truck) one to count cars ...
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Easy way to let every-day users embed images, videos, audio files, etc. inside text?

I need to let users embed videos, images, audio files, etc. inside text. For right now, these videos will come from urls, but they might one day point to videos/images/audio files stored on the server ...
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Choosing high contrast text color (in relation to background color) dynamically

My application has an area with some number of controls. Each control's background color expresses a state of some sort. The controls are also numbered via some text in their foreground. For ...
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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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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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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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1answer
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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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 ...