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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Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
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Log add to top or bottom

In my WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation) application I have a log that display important events in the application. I'm unsure where to add new events? Or in other words, how should I sort the ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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usability training sessions

I have been asked to run a 0.5 day training course into 'usability' for a client and I am trying to distil all my years of experience into something non-rambling and simple; something that captures ...
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When to use cancel, done and back text buttons?

All the buttons mentioned in the title above have similar actions. They move the user back to the previous screen in mobile apps. What option is best to use consistently?
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Is there any attempt to standardize a “cancel” action in elevator buttons?

I live in a country where only a few (I've heard of 2 or 3) elevators has the option to toggle back a pressed button in order to cancel the request. Of course, I'm waiting for all elevator buttons ...
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Using numerical scores for ratings?

We are trying to build the 'Yelp of Personal Finances' at SuperMoney. It's basically a community driven reviews site in the personal finance niche. One of the things we are doing differently is ...
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Flipping cards, good or bad idea?

I want to implement flipping cards on my website because they look awesome and they allow the user to see more information on hover. However I started to think it was a bad idea because instead of ...
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Long Form, What to Place First: Required or Optional Fields?

We have a very long form, 40 fields. Q1: Where we should place the required fields, at the top or at the bottom? Q2: Based on the first question, where we should place the submit button? Top, bottom ...
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How do you show that a feature can be selected individually or combined with another feature?

The user has 3 options/features to choose from, but here is the problem: Each feature can be selected separately/on its own. Feature A can be selected/combined with feature B. Feature B can be ...
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Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
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Conditioning users

Playing around with my heat in my new vw gti ;), I noticed when you press the heated seats button once, it's starts you off with maximum greatness (3 / 3) press it again it goes down ( 2 / 3) (1 / 3) ...
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designing for 45+ years old users

What are the things I need to consider when I design for the users that are 45-70 old? I know a little about vision, hearing and dexterity problems, but what are other problems that some of you ...
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Should certain functions be “hard to find” for powerusers to discover?

This is more of a fundamental question about access to the "poweruser" features for an application. One side thinks that power features should be more or less, "tough to find" and leaves the curious ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development?

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 using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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Would it be better to show a calendar picker by default instead of an input field with pop-up date picker?

On a travel site which is for Desktop, iPhone, iPad too, would it be better for UX and Accessibility to show the calendar itself on page by default Like this Or the most popular way, a input box ...
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Another word for a group of people

I am creating a facility to allow people to create groups to put people in that they like to keep in touch. I need a name for these groups and the obvious answer is 'group'. However, groups are ...
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Inputs for difficult form

we have difficult form in our application. There are inputs for start date, end date, full name, phone and e-mail adress and section for count of persons on rooms (adult/child...). The basic ...
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Field Highlighting

How to represent a data that is good/acceptable, and data that is not acceptable? Currently I am using green for good data and red for bad data with bold font. Please suggest. Let me tell you the ...
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what is the list for list of sexual orientation options in a dating website?

males and females sexual orientations in a terminology that is easy for the user to select them. Exmple .male straight , female straight including gay and lesbian and other kinds. please i am ...
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Should mobile navigation be aligned to the left or right?

I apologise if this question is a duplicate. On a quick browse I couldn't see anything referring to this. I've always aligned my navigation icon on mobile to the right. Mainly because I just assumed ...
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Adding new data while filtering current data

I'm working on a table that includes employee data (Name, Age, Position). Above the table I have a live filter that can filter the data by Age Group and Position. I'd also like the possibility of ...
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Inputting addresses using autocomplete

I have a web application where the user will need to fill many addresses (a few users entering the addresses of other people). It uses autocomplete to speed things up and to reduce duplication (the ...
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When do you present a website UX survey?

I'm wanting to build a usability survey on a website that's used by mortgage brokers. It's a website where users will come not to browse, but to find mortgage product information while a client is ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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Presenting Hierarchical Options

I'm wondering what is considered "best practice" for displaying hierarchical lists that allow selection in a web app. In this case, we're presenting users with the option to select n counties per ...
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Tagging Projects on a Portfolio

I am wanting to organize my work on my portfolio with tags. I am wondering if I should have tags describe the type of work and systems used AND a description of what the project is. For example: A ...
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Is there a UI precedent for changing permissions?

I want to keep the pages really clean, so I don't want a button for every feature ("Share this", "Upload", "Edit", etc... pretty soon the page will be covered in buttons). However, I can't think of a ...
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How to encourage users to create more content?

Imagine a web service where users post notes grouped by tags. Notes are public and the tags are essential, because other users will see notes based on its tags (they can 'follow'). I want users to ...
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Home page with two types of profile signup

I'm working on a site where it offers online service for two types of users ("service providers" and "service seekers"). Users are required to signup with the type of profile they belong to. We are in ...
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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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Are there any advantages to matte interfaces over glossy interfaces (or vice versa)?

I'm curious about the usability of such interfaces for complex tasks, repetitive tasks. Are there any studies that focus on this comparison? Note: My question is not just about phone interfaces but ...
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Best way to handle mobile website terms and conditions?

A form I am optimising for mobile has specific references to terms and conditions in numerous times (not just at the end usual checkbox, for example "We need this detail to sometimes contact you, read ...
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Advice on layout/presentation of information to user in web page

I'm developing a website that helps connect nightlife promotion companies with consumers. Each night life company hosts events and various venues and on various nights. I want to give users/consumers ...
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Should I auto register users behind the scene when using social login button?

I am building a service where I am allowing users to login using social buttons (for example, Facebook connect buttons). When a new user clicks on this social login button, I have two options: Auto ...
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Slider control: marker restrictions?

In slider controls, is there any restrictions about slider's marker? Is it context-dependent? For instance, do you feel like this slider (taken from a desktop application built with Flex) could be a ...
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Heuristic Evaluation: only for problems?

I am currently preparing myself to conduct a heuristic evaluation of a web application. I am choosing the main tasks to analyse and I already set up which heuristics I want to follow: Nielsen's 10 ...
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What should the default display in a middle column of a frameset be?

I am working on a site, which displays statistical data about computers (disk, usage, etc...) and there is a web page, which consists of three columns: two smaller on the side, and a large one in the ...
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Tab order for previous/next buttons in a form

We have a multi-step form that has 2 buttons (Previous and Next) at the bottom of each page. The Previous button is on the bottom left-hand side, and the Next on the bottom right-hand side. What ...
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Autocomplete Search takes you directly to product

A user enters text in a search box and a list of autocomplete options appear. The user clicks on one of these suggestions. Should they be sent straight to that product's page, or should they be sent ...
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Contrast on footer and other elements

Is it of good UX practice to reduce the contrast of the footer and some other elements on newsletters and websites? In this first example, the contrast of the footer in a newsletter is reduced, I ...
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Side Navigation Highlighting Current Page Link Items

I've been working on a side navigation reconstruction project that is now entering the design phase. Through research i've noticed many sites using different colored text to highlight/bookmark user ...
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Citing the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen

I am writing a research proposal, I expect those who read it might have very little knowledge about usability. I wanted to cite the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen. Is there a paper/book that talks ...
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Reason why disabling options without explanation is bad?

It seems to be an obvious truth: the user, when presented with the inability to perform an option with no clear reason why, will become frustrated. But are there any usability guidelines which ...
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What's the best solution to show the average results of a review?

I have a reviewing system that I've designed which uses three possibilities to review (using emotional icons) Works really nice, but I have also to publish the average of the reviews. I was ...
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Standards for HTML access keys

Wanted to see if anyone has done some research on standard HTML access key. I have notices after doing some research many sites including Apple have incorporated the accesskey="s" on its search box. I ...
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Best way to allow registration to an invite only web app?

I'm in the process of planning a web app which will offer an advice service to people who earn above a certain salary threshold. The thinking is that the new users will be procured through their ...
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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Is there any research on mitigating the effects of using a non-representative user group on measuring perceived usability?

My client is running a series of vendor demonstration where they want the staff to measure the perceived usability of the system (SUS and SEQ). Originally we asked for a consistent group of ...