The extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use.

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Best practice for ecommerce section of product page? [on hold]

I am tasked with adding several details into our ecommerce area of a product page outside of the usual Add to cart or Where to Buy buttons, price, title, subhead. There is a need to also include ...
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How can I show that data in a table is related to other data within the same table?

I have a table where every 6 entries of the data are loosely related. How can I show that these sections of data are related without adding a separate column explicitly saying so? I've tried to ...
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Why are news sites articles one big block of text instead of broken down with subheaders?

I hope this is the right forum. 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 ...
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Gestures and mobile websites

I was wondering if anyone could share findings/research/thoughts into the usability of gestures on mobile websites (not apps). Apps like Gmail allow users to swipe emails to perform certain actions, ...
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Why wouldn't Apple show the device state of their iPad charger? [on hold]

I just bought my brother an iPad and noticed there isn’t any visual indication on the charger when it's in an active charging state. Why wouldn’t Apple provide some visual feedback? Many ...
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Is it a good idea to make file path edit box multi-line?

I think it might be useful to make file path edit box in my program multi line, because file paths can be quite long, and when they don't fit the user has to scroll text left and right with cursor ...
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Focus state for Split Button?

What will be the action if the "Tab" key is focused on the split button? a. both the "A" & "B" gets focused. b. "A" gets focused first and "B" get focused on next "Tab". c. only the "A" get ...
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Should smart watches be immersive? [on hold]

Immersive, which here I mean 'always looking at, touching, paying attention to the screen'. My question is simply if smart watches should be attractive like above, why? My personal opinion is NO, it ...
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“I agree” check box or buttons

I'm designing an application which allows the users to sign up if they agree to the terms and conditions. If the user agrees to the terms and conditions, sign-up process will be successful and the ...
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How do I make it obvious that a question must be selected in order to filter a components list

This is a data analysis tool. The user poses a question, and then adds data analysis snippets that helps answer that question. On the left of the page, there is the list of questions and a field ...
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HTML vs. PDF — What are the Pros and Cons of PDF?

From 2003: http://www.nngroup.com/articles/pdf-unfit-for-human-consumption/ PDF is good for printing, but that's it. Don't use it for online presentation. Since then more and more devices can ...
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Usability in Mobile Learning

I am making a research about interfaces and usability of mobile apps for learning idioms (duolingo, babel, vox, etc). The research has a objective to gather aspects, such as: efficiency, learnability ...
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Creating a Chat Room and Adding Users who are Not Registered Users

Background Note: This isn't the actual type of app, it's just a similar situation. If I have a mobile chat app in which a user creates an account, creates a new conversation and is allowed to add ...
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How to cluster map markers with different statuses

We're designing an application that displays a large number of markers on a map. We need to do some clustering on these markers, but the problem is that each marker has four possible options for ...
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Help with chat feature

I'm building the chat feature for a web project. We have a couple of specifications: Support for general messages that will be broadcasted to all users subscribed to the room chat, and for that I ...
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Should I make an effort to prevent trivia questions from being repeated too quickly?

I'm coding up a fairly simple trivia game. Right now, I have about 350 different pairs of questions and answers. Each question is chosen at random from the 350 before it is displayed. While it's ...
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Usability of map clusters?

Have there been any studies around the usability of map clusters? I am talking about the practice of grouping together map markers into one object on a map when there is a high density of individual ...
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Mobile post page - next post fly out vs. static next post

I am working on a heavy content site. On desktop post page i have sticky sidebar that displays the next posts. On mobile at the bottom of the page when the post is over, the read next stories are ...
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Chat sidebar: Allowing users to chat & see who is online with just a follow?

Looking for input on the best approach to having a chat sidebar similar to Facebook's web app. I'd like to display a list of online users so users can chat with each other. However, I was looking to ...
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Research Study App - Could use some tips!

Really new to the UX field as well for designing for mobile. Currently working on a behavioral research study with the use case being for 500 incoming freshmen college students. 250 will be the ...
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Can a website have two different search paths, one dedicated and one global?

I am building a moderation portal - basically users can report dubious behaviour, which gets flagged. The moderator needs to audit each flagged item on the moderation portal. My question comes ...
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What makes a form field mandatory?

In a Web form I have a question to which an answer needs to exist, so that a result can be shown to the user. It's about the users family status (single, family). Because there is a majority of users ...
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How should form input fields on a landscape tablet be positioned? Stacked or side by side?

I designed the login form input fields stacked on an landscape tablet app, because that's the usability recommendation I know for forms. It's easier on the user's eyes. But the client is asking to ...
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I need a suggestion to separate two forms on user details

I'm working on a tutor website and after the user sign up, I send the user to edit his profile. Here is the screen: As you can see I have two forms, one for the user information and the other one ...
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Do you still mark prefilled input fields as required?

I'm creating a form in which a user downloads an analytics report. There are multiple fields that are technically required for submission, but we prefill certain fields so that it's less work for ...
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Mouse Cursor vs Icon

In an application I have inherited there is an image viewer. The viewer can undertake various different functionalities such as zoom or pan etc. At the moment it has a icon in the top right corner for ...
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Checkboxes - Is better to check exceptions or to uncheck exceptions?

I have a grid of ~20 checkboxes which users can utilize to select features. Typically, user might have ~15 features selected ~5 unselected for a co configuration. Deselection of features which a user ...
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Can the battery indicator(status area) of Android changed to something like this?

The previous versions of android had the battery indicator as a dynamic illustration along with a provision to view the battery in percentage in the status area of the phone. Also in lollipop, we ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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Wayfinding and Orientation on Nonlinear site structure?

I have an interesting quandary. We are building a web application that is structured in a way whereby there are many ways to get to the "destination" pages. Some pages can also be part of multiple ...
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Is it ok to use arrows to indicate money movement in & out of an account?

I have seen numerous examples of banking applications that use arrows to indicate money in and out of an account. However the direction of the arrow is a bit problematic, specifically in which ...
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Hyperlinks replacing buttons for desktop software UI's?

I am a Software Quality Assurance (SQA) manager for a complex geology and geophysics software application. Recently I heard my SQA team complaining about the heavy handedness of the UX teams. They ...
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What is the best way to indicated available features in a price comparison table?

I'm currently working on a pricing table for a product that has 3 separate tiers. Some of them lack certain features etc. We've been debating how to mark the table cells to indicate what is included ...
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Defining usability: Is there a clear terminology structure for different methods?

I am starting a small team project (as part of a placement) which involves the assessment of human machine interfaces through usability testing/assessment. We are currently producing a review of ...
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Should the cross (or 'X' ) button do something other than close (e.g. minimize or hide)?

It's common for the user to use the cross button to exit an application. But sometimes software is tricky and the cross minimizes the window instead of closing it. Should this kind of behavior be ...
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Synchronizing game with Google Drive [closed]

I build an android game and I am working with google drive to synchronize the progress of the user. Rite now I build a mechanism to sync file to drive. This file may include game progress-information ...
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Any studies on how styling standard UI elements affect the experience?

I´m interested in understanding how a customized form affect usability and the learning curve on operating an interface. Sure, we have some guesses that users are used to standard UI,and native ...
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Faceted search: Show more/show less filters vs Summary + Edit

Consider the case of hotel search, where you have a few filters that everyone uses but in total you may want people to have ~20 or so available. On the results screen, I don't want to show all 20, ...
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User choosing frequency-based thresholds

As part of a site's advanced filters, I want to give people the ability to filter based on the frequency of results. i.e. "show only results that occur at least once per month" or "show only results ...
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Improving the feel and clarity in the message

I am developing a carpool app. After launch, I am encourage the user of my app to hit the "carpool button". So I do a search closeby to see if there are any users. If I find people closeby, I check in ...
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iOS picker usability

I ran a usability test where I discovered that some users failed to initially notice the iOS picker. I’ve included a link below to a short clip where a tester didn’t notice the picker and instead ...
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Very Long Form in modal box?

I have long form around 25 form fields in web application and it covers 2 whole page. currently it is showing in the same page and cancelling the form goes back to main page. How much lengthy a form ...
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What's a good way to show people that they can swipe on an app [duplicate]

I'm trying to give people a visual clue that they're able to scroll left and right inside of an app for the iPhone. I tried to show that you're able to scroll left and right by having a tiny part of ...
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Best way of displaying how crowded your favourite pubs are

I'd like to ask you about the best way of displaying traffic (current situation) in favourite pubs. It should be easy to understand and it should be proper way for a map with places. My current idea ...
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Best practice for quick file searching

So I want to start my question with an example: In pretty well known extension for Visual Studio called Visual Assist there's a functionality for quick file searching. Which basically just creates ...
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How to show that items in a “Filtered” List will contain only a portion of what would be in the unfiltered item?

OK, I'm showing brain injured users (we may software for therapy software for folks with head injuries) a list of Tasks. Each Task has several Lessons. I want to filter those Tasks so that we show ...
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How should a small team begin to address usability/UX for a web application when it hasn't been a focus in the past?

I've recently become product manager for a small team - our product is a business management software (HR, Estimating, Contracts, etc). In a survey of our current user base, Usability improvement is ...
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How do I make a photo look like a checkbox?

I am working on a web application where I am using a picture as a substitute for both the text (label) and the checkbox. For example, this is what normally displays, and is universally recognized as a ...
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Why does everybody use Yes/No/Cancel buttons?

Is there any reason with respect to Interface Design or Usability that someone (I guess Microsoft in the early days of windows?) started using this 3 buttons twenty years ago? Has anybody any sources ...
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Is there a common practice for cases of very delayed responses?

I'm wondering what the behavior should be for an interaction in which the user sends a query but the data reply takes several minutes (more time than in probable for the user to look at a loader or ...