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Is Font Boosting Good UX? [on hold]

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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What to call a 'multi-valued string attribute' for the end user?

I am asking users to handle entities (here a subject) with multiple attributes. The first attribute shown here is a numeric value. The second is multi-valued text. desired experience: 1.5 desired ...
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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 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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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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Is left-aligned text generally preferable over centered text?

I am currently reviewing the usability of some internal reports. One thing which strikes me as odd is that all the text is centered. I always prefer left-aligned text. But apart from my personal ...
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Is there ever a requirement to allow text to be underlined when it's not a link or a header

We've built a custom CKEditor within one of the sites we've developed to allow users to add and edit the content on particular pages. However the editor by default comes with an Underline option and ...
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Is there a standard “to left justify text and right justify numeric values.”

I'm being told by an experienced BA (> 25 years) that "Numeric numbers are usually totaled therefore should be right justified." And that text should always be left justified. I have never heard ...
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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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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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When should hyperlink text be used?

Should text links always be text or are there cases when it makes more sense to simply link the URL? Examples A text link might look like this: Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design ...
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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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“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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Optimum number of characters in a column on an iphone or android device?

Hello everyone I was trying to fit the some names in the colomn in iPhone and Android screen. I dont know how to optimze this number to get maximum no of text in both screen. Does this number depends ...
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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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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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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 EDIT Use this link for example As you can see we use collapsible ...
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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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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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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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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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All capital titles: good or bad?

What is the recommended use for all capitals titles? For example: THIS IS A TITLE. The website http://camvine.com/ has all capital titles, e.g. MARKET SECTORS. Good, bad?
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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 ...