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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Decoupling 1 technical function into 2 UI features

The context: I am developing this application where users can discuss about and contribute with some documents. Can think of it like an easy Document Management System. The main background technology ...
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Why do many/most (Android) phones have the power button opposite the volume buttons?

I have just bought a Nexus 5 phone. I love the phone, but like my previous two phones it gives me grief when turning the thing on or off. The problem is that the power button is almost directly ...
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Interface for linking multiple email addresses and addresses to an account

In a web application I am building, I need to allow users to link multiple email addresses and addresses to their account. The requirements are: Users can add and remove email addresses and ...
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Pros/Cons of customized/reproduced HTML elements

I have a very specific case where the <select/> elements in a browser interface are replaced with a custom HTML structure while styling is added via CSS and functionality is added via ...
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How to help blind people feel the other emotion?

My team and I are currently making a program which use camera in the google glass to help blind people 'see' the interlocutor's emotion (happy, sad, angry, disgusted and so on). I need help in case ...
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Usability testing using GoPro?

I'm thinking about using a headmounted GoPro to do some usability testing on a tablet combined with the Think Out Loud protocol (a poor mans version of Eyetracking). Are there any obvious hinderings ...
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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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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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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. ...
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How to visually show hierarchical structure with inherited attributes

In my system I have projects which each belong to one group. Groups can have sub groups and those can have more projects etc. Projects consist of attributes. Attributes can be project specific or ...
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Why most software businesses require the users to “request a demo” to see their products?

I have noticed that on the large majority of software businesses, their products will not be shown to you unless you request a demo from their site, usually from a form by providing your personal ...
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Carousel: next and previous buttons

Many websites leverage carousel design pattern. I've seen many cases where on first page the "previous" arrow is either hidden, or disabled or active. Same is applied to the last page and "next" ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...
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What UX implications should I be aware of when designing an enterprise website/intranet on SharePoint

We are currently weighing up the for-and-against in relation to whether to use SharePoint or an arguably better suited ECMS. I am looking to gather compelling evidence both for and against SharePoint ...
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Should dropdown list option be removed if the options cannot be repeatedly selected?

Let's say, I have a dropdown (html select) of questions from which a teacher can pick up questions to present to their students. The options available in the dropdown can only be picked once i.e. the ...
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Is it ok to force uppercase for the first letters of names? [duplicate]

If a user enters their name with lowercase letters, should we respect that or force it uppercase? "john doe" displayed as "John Doe". There is a contingent in our group that thinks it would be ...
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How to force user to select a location and not simply type it?

Let's suppose this simple form: So, the user is expected to enter the keywords of the meeting's full address. While typing, suggestions are displayed (autocomplete feature). Here's an example: ...
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Domain name best practice when the last letter of the first word and first letter of the second word are the same

If I'm registering a two word domain in which the last letter of the first word, and the first letter of the second word are the same, is it better to drop usage of one of those letters? Examples: ...
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Why use the append text to copy-paste (“Read more at …”) pattern?

I was copy-pasting some text from a website and besides the text I copied, the following text was appended "Read more at: http://www.YYYY.com Copyright © YYYY". I've seen this pattern in many ...
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Rearranging icons by most recently used

I am looking for some studies that examine how users perceive controls (e.g. navigational icons) that are rearranged based on most recently used. Also it would be interesting to see how rearranging ...
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Tests on more “human-ish” forms

Is there any usability test about using the following style of forms? It would be displayed after the user clicks on "register". Welcome, [full name]________ To save your progress, you will need to ...
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Delete action on a user management system

I'm working on User Management System in ASP.NET MVC3. Administrator/Editor can search, insert, update and delete other users from the system. What should I do when admin/editor clicks on Delete user ...
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Search solution for user who does not know Regex

I have list(few million rows) of data all of type string. I need to provide search for that list, but my users don't want to use regex(they don't know how to write regex). Can some tell me few options ...
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Does the use of lines improve the usability of tree widgets?

I am in the process of defining a style guide for a family of software applications, including the usage and visual design of a tree widget. Right now, we are having discussions whether to use lines ...
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Is it time for parallax scrolling to die?

I've never been a fan of this UX technique: It's almost always counterintuitive (deliberate cognitive dissonance) because a single scrolling motion produces varying scrolling effects Many sites ...
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How should I present 100+ client logos on a website?

I have more than 100+ client's logos to show on the website. Would it be good to show 5-10 clients on the home page and direct users to the main client page if s/he wants to see more? I say this ...
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Autocomplete returns more than X records

I have read How many items in a web form drop down is too many?. I almost agree with Vitaly's answer: no more than 30 (X) items in a drop down. So if auto-complete request returns more than X records, ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?
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Do all links on a page have to be all underlined or all colored?

I am redesigning a website and currently working on the homepage. I have several links or points of entry via the homepage. I was wondering if I need to follow one convention for styling the links, ...
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What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?

On a page that lists products, we would like to give the user the option to sort the products by price. The problem is some products do not have their price displayed and are "request a price." What ...
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How can I convince my coworkers that there is a difference between usability and graphic design or QA testing?

This has started to drive me absolutely insane. They give the UI straight to the graphic designers right out of the gate, then hand it over to us developers to implement. The closest I can get to ...
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Should distinct parts of a system share the same login?

So let's say we have a web application for an autoshop. The employees use this application to keep track of cars and other related work as it moves from checkin to diagnosis to repair, and then back ...
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Checkboxes in a dropdown. Need a “validate” button?

I use a dropdown menu with checkboxes to select multiple options for field. I am not sure if I need a "validate" or "save" link, or if the user will understand that they just have to click outside ...
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showing buttons on hover?

Lately I have noticed that a lot of websites are displaying a delete "X" when you hover over that specific panel. I have been thinking whether or not this was very usable for the user because there is ...
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How should removed pages be handled in e-commerce sites?

On my e-commerce website I create many sale event/campaign related categories which are put offline after a specific event/campaign is over. Lots of customers bookmarks those category page and then ...
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How to handle history events from scolling and other in-page events

On a website that has several sections and subsections on one page, I was thinking about implementing scrolling to a new section as a new browser history event. The main reasoning for doing so is to ...
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hide vs disable and redistribute empty space

I have complex UI form dialog with ~12 tabs and want to decide what is best: enable/disable (gray out) fields - classic convention hide/show if not necessary - could be confusing + jumping GUI hide ...
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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Forced to ellipse label, how many characters do I allow before ellipsing?

I'm in a position where I have a horizontal scroll view with a list of labels inside. These labels are navigation buttons, so would generally be words like Next, Previous, Submit, Cancel, but they are ...
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Does the position of icons in buttons affect the user?

I sometimes get in a bit of a muddle around which is the best position for an icon within a button i.e. left of the text or right of it. I was wondering if there is an easy way to determine the best ...
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Lowering opacity on hover. Isn't it totally wrong?

It's a common practice to highlight an element on hover state. By highlighting it, I obviously mean making it more visible than other elements. But lately, I've witnessed the opposite trend on a ...
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online game landing page

In designing an online, in-browser game, I found in my research that many other games have "priority" in registration over login on their home page. They usually show a big form for registration, ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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3-level tab design alternatives

I have this new requirement for an application UI design. There is one instance of the app wherein the user needs to input a lot of info, the recommended wireframe was to put a 3 level tab design ...
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Do I need arrows to indicate hover menus in main navigation?

The main navigation of a website I'm working on uses hover menus and every main navigation item has children that reveal on hover/tap. Do I need to include a down arrow (chevron) that indicates to ...
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Should I explicitly state that a form field only accepts a specific input format?

My site has a lot of fields that accept a certain format of input only. Do I need to show users that this is the case, or can I rely on them inferring it? For example, is it better to do this: ...
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Wouldn't it be a good UX practice to give hints to users to help them remember their passwords?

Although most of the places on the internet allow users to login with their existing Google or Facebook account, there are still many places where this is not an option. In such cases, remembering ...
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Is it a good or bad idea for a video player to have the play button in the top-left corner?

Do you think it is a good or bad idea, and why? Also, why do you think Comedy Central (e.g., The Daily Show) put their play button in the top-left corner instead of the middle?
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How would you classify UI/UX issues as show stoppers for product release?

The question of which UI/UX issues should be considered as showstoppers when releasing a product to the market has always been of interest to me. I am curious to get some thoughts as to how would you ...