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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user testing: users not in your target market

Are there any benefits to using users who are not in your target market to test your website? e.g a car website tested by users who don't drive
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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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Should a wastebin be global?

I am currently implementing a trash / wastebin for a web-application that works with 3 different entities of data. Each such entity is displayed in unique views. If a user deletes such an entity, ...
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How To Convince [duplicate]

In a current project I am working on the stakeholders seem to think that functionality is king. While I agree that functionality is important it is only one factor in the success of a software ...
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Is copy and paste user-friendly in Mac? [closed]

Whenever I use copy and paste files in Mac, my eyes always search for copy and paste text in Mac context menu when compared with windows context menu. Is copy and paste in Mac context menu ...
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Any Research on User Experience Perceptions of Native Apps vs Web or Hybrid Apps

My organization is looking at developing mobile applications, we have a wealth of web development resources. There are many factors to consider in making the decision of how to develop this ...
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Vertical Inverse scrolling

I have visited the site http://www.rleonardi.com/interactive-resume/ . There you can see horizontal scrolling and in level 4, you can see the Inverse vertical scrolling. When I scroll back, it makes ...
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Escalation of Commitment

I was wondering if someone could point me to some resources on the concept of escalating commitment in regards to filling out forms online. A colleague of mine suggested that paginating web forms ...
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How to inform about functionality

My application provides some functionality that might not be recognized intuitively. E.g There is a section where one could mark blocks of data by CTRL+Click while a single Click would redirect ...
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UI/UX/Front End Dev Team [closed]

Does anyone have experience working with a team of UI/UX designers? I'm working on my first "mid-size" software application, and was wondering if the UI is a job for a single person, or a team of 2 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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Navigation on subdomain site

I'm redesigning and simplifying a FAQ page and I've run into a navigation problem. In the main nav bar, I have to include both the logo of the company, a link to the FAQ index and a link to go back ...
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How does one perfect the art of client-facing UX

I am new to UX design, and one of the things I've noticed is that UX designers in agencies wil typically drive and facilitate client-facing interaction. That is, we have to present concepts and act as ...
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Validating and (auto)saving data records created by user

My application provides a functionality for the user to add, list & handle (remove/edit) data records which represent address data. I just had a dispute with my trainer, who I have asked about ...
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Differentiating abbreviations for minutes and months

I want to, instead of showing "X minutes ago", show "Xm". The problem is, how would I differentiate if it were "X months ago"? I can't do "Xm" because that's used for minutes. What should I do if I ...
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Where to place icons in a checklist? Before or after?

I want to display a list of permissions, with tick icons to indicate what permissions a user has. Where should I place the tick icons - before (on the left) or after (on the right) each item?
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Tally sheet for measuring usability?

What do you think about writing a tally sheet for measuring the quantity and system-response-time of specific interactions? My goal is to identify the most frequent interactions and to categorize ...
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Why does Google Spreadsheet not use the same colors on each computer when collaborating? [closed]

When you collaborate on a Google Spreadsheet, you find yourself speaking of other collaborators with their color (the blue one, the red one, the green one, ...), however, the colors do not match ...
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Good UX for inputting 14 different times

I'm updating a form which has elements for each day of the week, and the user needs to select a start time and end time for each day. Currently this is just 14 different text boxes where users can ...
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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 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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What is the best way to help a user map fields between two entities?

If you look at attached images, there are two XML files left and right mapped automatically by system with some logic. But if you see closely creation date and date of birth are getting mapped with ...
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Why can we save images only as a square or a rectangle? [closed]

My question is quite simple. Why can't we save images as a circle or a triangle? What is the reason behind it?
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Mobile. Long list to scroll, vs. collapsible trees

Regarding mobile.... The user uses 2 dropdown lists to select a date range for a filter. The results of the filter (date range), which are shown below the filter options, is where my manager and I ...
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Allowing every password of 6+ characters. Good practice?

I am developing a file sharing and hosting service, and right now I don't have any requirements set other then that a password has to be at least 6 characters long. I also accept all characters. I'm ...
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Importance of Lateral / Transverse Navigation in Hierarchy

Trying to resolve a navigation quandary for an e-commerce website. Current set up is like so: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Clicking either a link at ...
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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?

I was reading up on best practices on usability testing for websites and a recommendation was that get your participants to do usability testing on your competitors website as well as that would help ...
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How to deal with superfluous numbers in input text fields?

I'm working on input textfields for lab assistants, e.g. a textfield to enter a temperature value (in a custom designed UI, not a web-site). Users don't have to enter the Celsius or Fahrenheit unit, ...
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How to render user interface when there is no inputs for a certain fields

We capture various messages in a certain form and the user might fill out only say 10 out of the 30 messages which were presented to him. e.g. messages given below. Login Message: Welcome Message: ...
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Handling large lists of comments on multiple items within a page

I have a site that includes lists of 25 items, each one of which has its own comments block, and each comment can be linked to directly, in which case the page is loaded, scrolled to that comment. ...
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Why does apple hide the vertical scrollbar on mac laptops?

I am interested in the logic why Apples hides the vertical scroll bar. In many cases it hide the fact that there is more vertical data that what appears on a specific window. Only when you scroll up ...
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Select vs. Null Placeholder

I'm working on a large data-entry application. I'm wondering what is the better method for displaying drop-down lists where the defaulted value is null. I see a couple of options: Option a) Use a ...
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mobile html5 input type=“x” vs custom mobile controls

There has been some back and forth with the developers and the design team over building controls that match the design vs using mobile html5 standard controls for datepickers and timepickers for a ...
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Why does Balsamiq talk about mockups when it doesn't seem a mockup

I have read about the difference between a mockup and a wireframe and it states that a wireframe is like a blueprint of how an application should be built while a mockup is a more visually detailed ...
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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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Why do traffic lights have three separate light bulbs instead of having one?

Recently, I checked out a concept design for a traffic light with only one light. Do you know the exact reason for having three lamps in a row, instead of one like in this concept?
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Does it make sense to combine select2 dropdowns with regular select dropdowns on a single form?

I have a form that has a number of select dropdown boxes. Some of them have large number of items (200+) so I have converted them to using the jquery select2 plugin which works great as you can ...
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What's a good way to use text over a picture?

My dilemma is aptly shown in the picture below: How can I make the text more legible?
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When are clear/reset actions in forms useful?

I was wondering when a "Clear" / "Reset" action in a form is needed. Example at the bottom right. What would be a common scenario for needing a "Clear" / "Reset" action? When would a "Clear" ...
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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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Is sidebar really needed

I was thinking about this subject since i started in web design and usability. Is left/right sidebar really needed or is it used just to fill blank space? I'm talking about news/how-to websites.
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Text Field Validation vs Prevention

I've been having a debate (mostly with myself) over the best approach to deal with invalid input in text fields -- validation versus prevention. Taking a numeric text field as an example, is it ...
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Terms and conditions checkbox and/or Accept/Decline buttons

The curent UX for my app is: Terms & Conditions text: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Pellentesque ut turpis ipsum. Ut cursus cursus scelerisque. Mauris lacus neque, ...
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big form VS steps/wizard

In a form to insert products/services (in wich products will have extra data for products that are composed by a mix of quantities of other product(s)) is it better to have a large form with all the ...
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What is the best multiselect picker where you think a high percentage of use cases will select a lot of options?

I need a multiselect picker where in many cases the user will select most of the options. The current list has about 20 items in it and in many cases people would be choosing 15+ items so i want to ...
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Animating items as they come into view

What are the good usability and UX guidelines when considering animating elements when you scroll down the page and they come into view? For example, this template - ...
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Increase zooming scale at higher scales?

as i zoom out more the changes are less meaningful 1x to 2x is a lot more different then 31x to 32x google chrome seems to deal with this by changing the scale at which it zooms 100% 125% 150% 175% ...
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Should I add a floating, fixed feedback button on the pages of my website?

I would like to add a Feedback feature to my website. Should I add it as a floating,fixed button on the side? Is that considered something users are annoyed by? If I shouldn't, which method is ...
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Maximum number of Color-Codes

What do you think is the maximum number of color-codes you should use in a web project? Suppose you use the optimal combination of colors in order to get the best usability. For better understanding, ...
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Design pattern for drag drop within a ListBox?

Need advice on how to build an intuitive UI: I have a ListBox of items, that can be re-ordered by drag drop. I get to this screen when I add a new item. Now this new item needs to be inserted into ...
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Dynamic Progress Indicator

I am currently working on a responsive web app and am having some issues designing a progress indicator that I am happy with. The app is a workflow based tool which works by displaying cards ...