an electronic visual display that can detect the presence and location of a touch within the display area

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What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...
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Alternatives to tooltips in tablets?

I understand this question has been discussed a couple of times on the site. However, it seems not to be getting the answer or inspiration I am looking for. BTW, my background is a programmer in case ...
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Better to use icons or text to present options on product listing

On my app, when a user taps an item, some icons (favorite, add to cart, more detail) pop out below giving them some additional features. Now my concern is that these icons can be difficult to ...
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Indicating list item is pressed

What would be the most conventional way in showing that an item has been pressed in the list below... that would fit into my current design?
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Split pane on mobile application, does bottom pane have to take up whole screen

I'm currently developing a UI for a tablet application (portrait view) The client asked us to split the application into two panes, where the left side is a preview pane, and the right side gives the ...
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Indicating object (of varying shape and size) is selected on a touch interface

What is the best way to indicate that an object (of varying shape and size) is currently selected in a touch interface such as the one below?
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Touch screen wizard-style

I need to design a simple wizard or a navigation solution that will enable users to select a number of parameters for a task or drill they want to activate on a interactive touch screen kiosk. So lets ...
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Research/Data on mobile interactions vs. desktop forms?

I'm trying to find some usability studies or even anecdotal commentary on the difference in user preferences of interacting with a select list UI on the desktop vs. mobile. Traditionally, on the ...
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After touch interaction, which location does user's eye most likely go to?

Say I have a list of courses on a mobile device (black square), and a user makes a touch interaction on said course (red circle), which of the following locations would their eye most likely go? I'm ...
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What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices?

Came up recently in a 37signals podcast: http://37signals.com/podcast#episode18 The straightforward, "brute-force" solution is to just use the first touch on a UI object as the hover. ...
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Indicate a sub-area inside a tappable area is NOT tappable

I have a tappable row (yellow with blue border in pic) which does action A. However inside this I could have input controls (checkbox, textbox, etc). I have wrapped this area in a non clickable view ...
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Touch-screen equivalent wording for 'scroll'?

When referring to 'scrolling' up/down a page it is intuitive to use the word 'scroll' on a traditional screen (non-touch), because of the mouse scroll wheel etc. Is it as user-friendly to refer to ...
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Why Android places the Back button on the left? [closed]

I find it extremely frustrating. Majority (about 90%) of all the smartphone users are right-handed. It seems to me that right-handed people would prefer to handle the phone with their right hand. I ...
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Do mobile and touch gestures impact bidirectional screen convention? Any UX research?

We know that users in bi-directional (bi-di) locales (speakers of Arabic and Hebrew) for example read/write text from right-to-left (RTL) and read/write numbers from left-to-right. hence we have bi-di ...
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Eye Travel vs. Touchability on Mobile

If we want a user to perform a certain action, we make it easiest for them to select that option compared to any other available option. For example, think of a pop-up ad, "Do you want to ...
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Can I use the same touch gesture to navigate between screens and to interact with content on screen?

I have a situation where I don't really know if there is a possibility that the user experience can get sloppy. Its specifically for an iPhone app if it matters. Basically, I have two views, a list ...
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Must the buttons of a touch interface be round because of the shape of a finger?

On a touch device (tablet or smartphone for example), is it valid to say that the buttons must be round, because the end of my finger is round? More specifically, will the user understand more easily ...
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What to call the specific pinch gesture

Pinch is used to refer to the thumb and index finger either coming together or moving apart. Therefore, just to refer to it as pinch isn't exactly accurate because I need to refer to the exact ...
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Touchscreens in car consoles

Last week this video about a new interface for touchscreens in cars popped up and created a reasonable buzz, maybe you've seen it already. I just got to watching it and it got me thinking about the ...
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Visual feedback of “no new data” after pull-to-refresh

I really like pull-to-refresh as a way to force an update of a reverse-chronological list. However I've noticed a somewhat awkward pattern in my own use of pull-to-refresh, and I assume I'm not the ...
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Where would you place scroll indicator buttons? Left or right of content?

I was wondering if there were any A/B tests carried out for where scroll indicator buttons should be placed. See for example Acquia.com, they have up and down scroll buttons placed, which is good for ...
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Swipe gesture vs prev/next buttons

Let's say you are navigating through an image carousel and you're on a touch device. Which navigation method do you prefer: prev/next buttons or swipe-left/right gesture? I'm trying to convince my ...
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Exposing touch screen sensitivity in the UI

Given the growth in the use of touchscreens, how come there's never an obvious touchscreen 'sensitivity' control on screen? Should this control be included in the UI? I'm thinking about kiosk design ...
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Multitouch gesture Interaction: Beyond the pinches and swipes.

A mixed bag of interaction and expectation... You are using the photo app on the iP(hone/od/ad) you know there are a few familiar gestures to interact. Tap to select an image. Swipe left or right ...
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How to indicate that specific sections of a page can be swiped

There are a lot of mobile UI design patterns that support swiping, and these are designed based on interaction and animation that indicate the behaviour. Examples include the 'swipe/pull down to ...
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Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people? [closed]

The touch screen is a radical change in the control of machines. For centuries, machines were operated by physical buttons. Perhaps the most important aspect of user experience for a physical device ...
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Horizontal swipe alternative for websites

Many native apps these days are meant to be used with a horizontal swipe across the entire screen. At my company now, the idea of having our web apps styled in this manner are being thrown around a ...
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Has there been any studies done on when it's useful to have a touchscreen?

Are there any guidelines as to when it's useful to have a touchscreen interface? My first experience was with my smartphone and I thought the touchscreen was great and a huge improvement on usability. ...
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What's the best way to select multiple objects in a multi-touch workspace?

In iOS apps such as Keynote or GarageBand, the user selects multiple objects from the workspace by holding on the first item and then tapping others to toggle their selection state. What are some ...
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How can I show popovers on a mobile browser layout?

What is the recommended way to share information pertinent to describing a button on a touch-based mobile browser layout? For desktop browsers the way to solve this is to use popovers that display a ...
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Documentation - do we “Click”, “Push”, “Press” or “Select” a button on a touch-screen interface

I'm writing some documentation for a web-based application that will run on Android tablets at the factory at which I am employed. I am having trouble wording the steps where the users must interact ...
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Data on hybrid and touch screen laptop sales

I'm researching touch screen design for a presentation to our UX team, and I originally wanted to focus it around tablets and mobile devices. But as I work, I'm realizing I definitely want to include ...
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“mandatories” to take into account for a wide 32" touch screen interface?

What are the best practices/"mandatory issues" to be taken into account and implemented on a 32" wide-aspect touch screen for a totem-kiosk application? Especially appreciated issues on usability, ...
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Where should the «clear» would work on one or multiple drop-down list on a row?

Allowing a clear button to appear when the user begins typing characters in regular input is very welcome for the touchscreen enable app I'm building. The challenge is to "reset[ear](The clear button ...
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How to display selected filters after closing the filtering panel?

Context: a touchscreen monitor in which the user can choose which business lines or activities can be displayed in a State. After selecting some of the filters in the box on the left, the user ...
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Does A Slider Control UI Element Like This Exist — The Joystick Slider?

A standard slider, such as an html5 <input type ="range"/> or its many javascript-enhanced brethren, works by providing a handle that you slide between two endpoints, typically with your mouse ...
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Touchscreen devices: why did the stylus fall out of favor?

It seems to me that devices (such as navigation systems) that use a stylus for touchscreen interaction have become out of of favor. Instead most new devices are intended (i. e. larger buttons etc.) to ...
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Input controls within the bounds of a tappable tile

I have tappable tiles that navigate off to a different page in an app. Within the bounds of these tiles I have input controls. Interacting with these input controls should have no effect on the ...
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Margin in the mobile web site

I'm working on a survey web site, which I already have a responsive design. Survey questions are sometimes array type, that options are columns, and questions are rows. As you can see in the image ...
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Has Fitts' Law been adapted to Touch screens?

The question Is there any difference in element minimal sizes on 10 and 24 inch touch screens? made me wonder; has Fitts' Law been successfully converted to Touch related events? There's 3D movement ...
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How should modal popups and tool tips be handled in responsive websites?

I am reviewing some website wireframes from a client and have decided to make the new site responsive. I've had pretty good luck so far with responsive theming and design from a few past projects and ...
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Touch screen device (in particular Android) version of a tag cloud

Is a tag cloud acceptable on a touch screen device? The nature of a tag cloud is that you have small links and large links all positioned in close proximity to each other. This can cause issues with ...
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How to represent touch gestures in interactive prototypes for Multi-touch apps (Android / IOS)

I have always wondered that, How can we represent/show multi-touch gestures like swipe, pinch etc in mockups / interactive prototypes. For example, I'm currently prototyping in Axure for an Android ...
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Good touch-based equivalent to the hover tools pattern?

When you have a long lists of items and you want to let the user interact with one of the items contextually - a common solution is to use the hover-tools pattern in a desktop browser environment. The ...
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Is there such thing as “touchscreen-friendly” user interface?

My understanding about touchscreen-friendly is that the controls are not too small so that they can be tapped by the finger. Are there "touchscreen-friendly" user interface standards? Or is there even ...
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tooltips on touch

Is there a way to do tooltips on a button in touch devices? On a large screen, if I have a button and some additional content on what that button does, I would use a tooltip. Suppose am doing ...
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Should the same sound be played for a valid and invalid touch?

I have a GPS device with a solely touch interface. From the beginning, I noticed I was having a hard time using it and I eventually realized why. Whenever the UI asks me to write something (like a ...
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Web Standard for minimum size of touch icons

Regarding menu icons on mobile devices, are there any official web accessibility standards for the minimum size/area of touch?
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Suggestions of mobile alternatives to a horizontal multiple dropdown filter system

I am currently working on mobile/responsive facelift to an old static website. The original site uses a number of drop down menus arranged in a horizontal bar to allow the selection of multiple ...
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iPad horizontal swipe

We're having a debate on the direction a user ought to swipe to get to the next asset. Each screen is self-contained information. Should the user swipe to the right ----> to access the previous asset ...