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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1-column vs n-column timelines / news feeds

Facebook's news feed employs a 1-column layout, whereas Google+ employs multi-columns, depending on the width of the browser. (It appears it's between 1-3 columns). Pinterest have many. Are there ...
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In a website, how to make two segments of users follow the desired path

I was asked to design a website for a company that has two different segments: B2C (business to customers) and B2B (business 2 business)... The company says both segments are equally important. How ...
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User Experience for Image crop/resize/position

I'm a programmer first, so I'm not very good at these sort of things -- I've been building myself a image resizer/cropper/positioner for my own html pages ... however, most tools I've used that are ...
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How to add a details link on a table when each cell is already a link?

I have a table on which each cell is already a link to a different section (eg. the row contains 'Name', 'Location' and 'Type' columns and clicking the name cell takes you to the Show action of that ...
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How can I measure why users never return to a web app?

I'm working on an application that's been in use for the past 3 years. It's a web-based product and we have been tracking its usage using Google analytics for the past 6 months (since the time I ...
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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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How should I Redirect/Handoff users to a 3rd party site?

Does anyone have any experience with handing off users to another website with a good user experience? We offer a product, and if the user doesn't qualify for our product, we hand the user off to a ...
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When conducting an heuristic evaluation, do you also make note of conforming elements?

When conducting an heuristic evaluation, do you you also make note of the elements that conform, or do you only look for elements that do not conform to the heuristics?
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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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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small? [closed]

In Mac OS X, the red/yellow/green buttons in window title bars are much smaller and closely-spaced compared to other UI elements like toolbar buttons. Making UI elements small makes them harder to ...
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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 ...
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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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Incorporating new (unrelated) data on an existing table

We have a big table where user enters hours for each day of a time period (14 slots for day inputs) each row represents a task. the Dev team wants to incorporate tasks from another system into that ...
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How to show people where they are in a site structure on mobile devices

One of the oldest rules when it comes to navigation and page design is to make it clear where the users are on the site, where they have been and where they could go next. Usually this is solved by ...
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What are some best practices for displaying lists of items having many attributes, but no natural identifier?

I have a database of full of items with nondescript names like "X0001", "X0002", etc. where each item has ~30 features which are usually strings of ~10 characters, but could be ranges or 50 ...
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Defining relationships between many users in one UI?

We have a UI on a web-page, where relationships between users can be defined by admins. Users are divided to two roles, in this case "Lorem" and "Lorem ipsum". Right now a relationship between ...
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Standards for and measuring contrast of solid color fills

There are several questions on UX (e.g. here, here, here) already about contrast. However, all of those are about text, and the contrast between text and background, most off them referencing this W3 ...
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paradigm for displaying previously entered data on a form?

Is there any model for completing a web-based form where you show the data the user has previously entered, as well as the form fields with the current values? I'm working with another developer on ...
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XML editor design indents XML without tabs/spaces - disadvantages?

I've developed an XML text editor that indents XML using a 'floating' left-margin rather than the more common tab or space characters. Indentation is updated continuously and only relies on the XML ...
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Would having people vote on the outcomes of multivariate tests keep people interested in UX?

I'd like to get people at my company involved in usability testing by encouraging them to vote on the outcomes of multivariate tests. A talk I saw at a conference a few weeks ago explained that this ...
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Should I hide the details of banned users?

I'm developing a website where users can be banned for unwanted behavior. When a user is banned, he won't be able to log in on his account anymore. As a result he wouldn't be able to change/remove his ...
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Do older adults prefer white-on-black or black-on-white?

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to contrast: white on black, or black on white. [I did an ...
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How do you handle panning a map embedded on a scrollable web page for touch devices?

I'm currently developing a dashboard-style web interface with an embedded Bing V7 map and it's working great. On a tablet, usually the map will be shown half above 'the fold' and half below. This ...
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Media player and accessibility, beyond the big buttons

I have to layout a media player for a touchscreen in hospital. The main feature has to be the accessibility. The touchscreen is thought to be near the bed of sick people. Not only invalid people but ...
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What might be the most intuitive positioning for a “Hide Page” CTA?

Admittedly this is a rare scenario, but there are some instances where providing the user with a quick method for hiding a page or navigating elsewhere is needed. The typical scenario being a ...
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A complex form within constrained space

We have a modal in our app where people can search for products within various user flows (in this instance it's for connect products in your inventory to your Amazon listings, so you can keep orders ...
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Is it better to put Facebook Connect on homepage or on Login/Registration pages and why?

I want to know if facebook connect button should be glaring at users straight from the homepage, or only at the login and register pages when users actually need to login or signup? What does each of ...
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What does a folded corner mean to a user?

Lately I've noticed an increasing amount of folded corners as UI and/or decorative elements on several web pages. However, it seems most of the sites seem to differ in what they want to convey with ...
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What technique(s) would you use to evaluate and [re]define fields in a lengthy and complex form?

We were commissioned the redesign of a web application for real estate agencies. During the first stage of our user research, which was a contextual inquiry, we found that the form fields (or data ...
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How to manage actions that could be nested 3 or 4 levels deep?

I have a site that has a main menu that is tabbed, and a sub-menu that always displays actions for the current selected tab. For more areas on the site, this works perfectly, but one of the tabs is ...
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Are there any rules to differ between Errors, Warnings and Notifications? [duplicate]

I am looking for any rules to give developers how they can differ between Errors, Warnings and Notifications. I haven't found something in literature or the web. Is there a standard that needs to be ...
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Mailto: links, default and webmail options

Having a real hard time with my team over how to present options of how to send an email using the mailto function. We are going to offer ways to send it: via your default mail app as specified by in ...
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Standards for two-finger touch gestures?

I tried to define the follow gestures in a remote desktop app. (Native Touch vs. Cursor Mode) I am worried that the two finger behaviors are too difficult. One-finger (native touch) One-finger tap ...
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Best way to capture payment for new customers

On a content creation website, we publish articles. I am primarily a backend developer and need help with creating the most optimal checkout process. What does the current flow look like today? A ...
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Accessibility with aria-live and referencing other parts of a page

The setup: We have section A, where a user interacts with form controls and depending on the interaction receives specific messaging with aria-live. aria-live="assertive" role=”status” That ...
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How can we have usability and UX tests around PAN (personal area network) gadgets interfaces?

Our gadgets around us are changing and I think that it will continue for a while. I really wonder if there is a nice example about usability and overall experience testing methods for Personal area ...
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Which implementation for a dynamic hierarchy tree will show as much info as possible while still allow seeing the changes made in the background?

I'm in the middle of building a search engine website for a specific corpus. We've already implemented most of the menus and the structure of the website. recently we got some feedback that forced us ...
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Text link distinction

I am working on on a site which uses a hover state on a link within copy (a window pops up, much like a tool tip) as well as a standard link (which takes the visitor to another page). The distinction ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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Transferring user context between multiple applications

I am currently maintaining an old legacy thick-client application with many individual screens and functions. We have a strategy for migrating screens from the old technology (VB6) to a newer ...
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Best position of a help icon in textarea

What is the best position of a help icon in a textarea? here is my idea but this position could have a chance that the user will already be done typing in their text before seeing this icon. ...
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Mail icon, is the envelope icon dead?

The question Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead? made me think about another icon. As the number of mailed letters drops from year to year, I wondered if the icon just can't be associated ...
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Is this a good way of attracting a user's attention to a message?

I need to draw my users' attention to a warning message, alerting them to a problem and giving guidance of what they need to do next. The message does not appear on a popup box, since that would mean ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, to ...
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Top-down hamburger menu / is it a cool experience regarding my application?

I own an application managing some meetings (conceptual example). Of course, my website is responsive so that it's fully usable on mobile devices. Before showing some screenshots of my navigation ...
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Toilet paper orientation [closed]

In surveys of American consumers and of bath and kitchen specialists, 60–70% of respondents prefer over. What are the primary experience factors that lead a majority of users to choose over?
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In what situations is a “barrier to entry” training requirement before use appropriate?

Sparked by this discussion. Is there ever an argument to be made that products should be deliberately made difficult to use as a barrier to entry for the use of that product? If so, in what sorts of ...
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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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Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?

Should we delay the Website launch to make it more and more better for User Experience and accessible, Is there any limit? I was making a website and i tried to make it as good as possible for better ...
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When to combine comboboxes?

Let's say that my GUI has two fields to configure: input and output. Both fields are implemented with comboboxes that may have the following values: Input Values: A, B, C, D, E, F Output Values: 1, ...