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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Where did the pattern of displaying username in the top right emerge?

What was the initial intention of displaying the user's name along with the avatar on the top right of the app-bar? This is fairly common in some sites like Facebook, OneDrive etc., while other ...
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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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Is there evidence that users ever look to a website's URL as a breadcrumb for navigation?

On-the-page breadcrumbs often mirror the directory path anyway. To my mind, it stands to reason that that clear, human-readable, hierarchical URLs can enhance a site's usability[1]. But I have no idea ...
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Ternary Switch - How to implement?

My website gives users a report for their search term, this report contains many different datasets. Each dataset can be configured via options on their profile page, to either; Load when the ...
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drop down navigation for web/mobile

I'm in the process of a website redesign and I'm not really sure what to do with the navigation. The goals of the redesign are to simplify the site and make it more mobile friendly. The existing site ...
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A/B testing for mobile apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users? Is there any proper way and tool to do A/B testing in mobile apps to find the users' engagement and pain ...
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Is it better to hide upcoming core features or display coming soon text?

When you have an app with features that do not exist or are not production ready yet, is it ok to include the action element (example: a button) that will display a coming soon dialog or page when ...
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Search field with or without a button?

I can see two broad patterns as far as the design of the search field is concerned. One like we see on Google has a button that the user can hit to initiate Search. (They could also hit enter to do so)...
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Are modals usable on smartphones, or is there a better alternative?

I want to make a simple popover (or modal) that allows a user to subscribe to a newsletter (of course only when a user clicks on "subscribe to newsletter", I don't want to be obnoxious). It'll be a ...
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Is it odd to display search results in a modal window?

We're trying to avoid adding another page in the hierarchy. (basically a results page with a Back button). A few things.... displaying the results on the same page as the search input field isn't an ...
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Recommended books for enterprise application interface design [closed]

I've been reading a lot on UX lately with the intention of improving the user experience on the custom applications we develop. Most of the resources I used are targeting informational websites. I ...
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How to build UI/UX for aircraft? [closed]

Currently, I am the student of CS in aviation. My project is about research in UI for board system (Boeing). Now I have the necessary technical documentation and examples of current interfaces (to ...
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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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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 JavaScript....
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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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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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Usability of expandable footers on responsive websites

My coworkers and I were discussing what might be a trend in e-commerce websites: expandable footers. Here's an example from Topshop.com: And when expanded: I poked around for research or ...
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Various UI patterns for connecting panoramic images in a virtual tour

Here is the problem: There is a number of panoramic images available, made mostly in the indoor environment. Our user is assembling them all into a virtual tour, where a different kind of user will ...
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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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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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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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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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Alternatives to 18 options in a radio group?

I have an application built in Delphi7. A particular screen displays a radio group with about 8 items, which is just manageable for the users by normal standards. But now I need to add another 10 ...
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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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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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Professional Slides presentations. Light or dark background?

I must choose my company's default PowerPoint presentation template. Having in mind that this template should be versatile, and that people want to create presentations quickly, should I create a ...
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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, i....
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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 ...