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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Auto-creating new Items vs. “Add New” button

I'm iterating on a mortgage CRM system, which involves the broker providing previous incomes of the future home owner. Currently, the system "invisibly" provides a mechanism for creating new ...
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Flexibility-Usability tradeoff: Is it OK to recommend a specific set of security settings?

As the flexibility of a system increases, the usability of the system decreases. The flexibility-usability tradeoff is related to the well-known maxim, jack of all trades, master of none. ...
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How to inform about fields in a big form?

I have to improve a very big form with at lot of fields. I'm thinking about making some type of marking to inform the user about: 1. Fields that should be filled 2. Mandatory fields 3. Content that do ...
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How to show why the button is disabled?

I need some ideas on how to show the user why the button is disabled. It is a very big system with a lot of rules and therefore it can be hard to fin out why. I would like to help the users but how? ...
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How handle many sliders in the same page?

Context: a page where users, using sliders, can set different values to get personalized results. The page contains about 16 parameters that can be modified with the corresponding sliders. At the ...
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Should “expand” arrows point towards the expanding content or away from it?

When using the official Github for Mac GUI client, I've seen that there's an icon which is used to open a hidden menu. It uses arrows to indicate that it moves something, but those arrows are pointing ...
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How prominent should the deactivate account function be?

Our app allows users to interact with multiple accounts. When any one account has outlived it's usefulness, it can be deactivated. Although users can still navigate to deactivated accounts, most ...
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Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?

We've seen a lot of beautiful custom error pages for server errors such as 404 and 503, but it seems like each site or app has just has one for whatever page you cannot reach. Is it in anyway ...
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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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External link from main nav button

Is it ever OK to link to an external site (opening in a new page) directly from a main nav button with no notice? Both sites are owned by the same client, each focused on different aspects of their ...
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What to do about users that use two fingers to swipe?

I am wondering if you guys have any solutions for a problem I am consistently seeing on our mobile site. We signed up for Inspectlet a couple months ago and something that I see from several mobile ...
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Admin table with many rows, init state?

We have a system where we are creating a new Admin portal. In the portal we have tabs with tables like DataTables and 15 rows per page. We have around 100 000 rows and making dynamic fetching from ...
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Choice with a Radio button group

Context: In our application we implemented a responsive disclosure. Currently the choices the user can make are rendererd as a set of radio buttons. Currently there a two valid options, A and B. When ...
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Disabling text selection on mobile

From my perspective disabling text selection by default on mobile is a good approach. In almost all mobile web applications/frameworks and native mobile applications, by default you will be not able ...
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“Standard” or “best” UI element for “turn offline” and “turn online”?

We have a series of buttons in our administrative interface, for turning systems online or offline (context-sensitive). Currently these buttons are simply either blue "Online" buttons to bring a ...
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How to encourage/direct users to tag video content based on usability instead of getting traffic (trend spamming)?

I'm in the process of developing a video sharing site which would require users to tag each video they upload, however, users have a tendency to create tags to drive traffic rather than making their ...
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How important is the location bias with usability testing for a company?

I am planing to do a usability test for a company. It is a usability test (first one to be done) for a web product in the final stages of development. How important is the location, where the ...
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Does a social timeline makes sense?

As the social networks have increased, there are several scripts and plugins to display a chronological social timeline from various networks. Is it possible to use a social timeline on your ...
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Timepicker Usability [duplicate]

A UX designer reviewed my site (http://www.fillinfor.me) and said my time picker had too many options. Possible scenarios: A. Enter text in an input box most efficient, fastest way more user ...
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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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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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Balancing between UX and Back Office Operations (The one click booking)

I am working on developing a simple home cleaning booking mobile application and I've been looking at what's out there: Most of them have a multi-step "wizard" that goes from asking the user for the ...
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Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the right?

I'd very much like to get some feedback on this, as of right now, it is a point of contention among the devs at my office and myself. Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the left?
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My practical Inner scroll conundrum

I have a table that needs to be scrolled (see below, and sorry for the foreign language). The table shows real estate transactions which can have a large initial set of results. Because there are ...
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Responsive form design

Is it better to break a responsive screen into 2 steps? Having a long form like this attached image, Is it bad for UX or is it better to break into 2 steps?
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing ...
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What's the best way to say “Submit or continue to do something else”

I have this form on my website: I want to add another option, like this: However, this is too long and might be confusing for users (Do I click submit or create auction?!) Are there any better ...
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What is the logic behind “Print to save pdf” workflow?

When you print any document in OS X, you can "print" the document as a PDF by accessing a PDF menu at the bottom-left of the print panel, where you can open the PDF in Preview, save it as a PDF or ...
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Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
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Accuracy of a text field VS ease of buttons

Our users complete coding challenges. Each of these challenges has an estimated duration. For example, "Build a CSS Robot" is estimated to take 60 minutes. All of our challenges are designed to be ...
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A client wants a “Show More” on every page on his website. (Weighing up the benefits)

I've been asked by a client to add a "Show More" button after a pre-defined height on all pages on the users website. It's naturally quite a difficult task to achieve because I have questions such ...
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Improving a configurable list with a lot of comboboxes

I did some testing with the interface that looks a lot like the Apple Mail Rules dialog, and received the following feedback from users: Way too many click actions Unclear what a rule does Bad ...
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How to illustrate the wizard flow when some steps are optional? [duplicate]

I'm working on a wizard and have an issue about the flow illustration. I wan't to help the user as much as possible and think it would be confusing to make a flow with 6 steps where the last 3 is ...
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Is there a benefit from driving on one side of the road, while sitting in the other side of the car?

I've noticed that cars/automobiles manufactured for countries with right-hand traffic (where vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road) place the driver's seat on the left hand side of the car ...
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Scroll bar in a wizard

I have a wizard with multiple steps. In one of the steps I have to display information based on the checkbox selected. I can have maximum 25-30 input boxes in the mockup below. All these input boxes ...
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Filters Placement to the left or top?

I am designing a business web based application for professional users. I have doubts where to best place filters and navigation bar. ATM we placed the navigation bar to the left - ultimately we are ...
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Two Factor Authentication (2FA) - Does this impair experience?

One of our products that we have built in our workplace is a dashboard where users can view their "big data", visually and broken down into digestible chunks. Recently, it has been suggested in a ...
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CSV Column mapping on mobile devices

I'm designing an interface that allows users to import employees into our system using a CSV file. I'm having trouble finding a way to allow users to map their columns to the system columns on mobile ...
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Best design for input of solely negative numbers via numeric keypad

I'm designing an app where in one screen of the application users can input a single number (and nothing else) by use of a numeric keypad. The number may have a single decimal place. Depending on the ...
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Best way to show transition between states

I need to graphically represent transition between different states. The states list is dynamic. At one time only one state can be active. We have a product which gives the user ability to define ...
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Do users find it hard to differentiate latest information from historic information when both are displayed at the same time?

I have two panels - one contains current information for a subject, the other contains historic trend information for the subject in a graph. I can display them on the same page - one underneath the ...
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Is there a point at which an interface design can be considered “complete?”

A point of lessening returns where further iteration and refinement either have a net zero benefit or are actually detrimental to the user experience?
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How do I show that a wide dropdown is clickable?

I have a select tag that looks like this: It spans along the top of the page contents, which is roughly 90% the screen width. So, while it's not obvious in this question, the caret is roughly 400px ...
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Better UI for exchanging blocks up and down

I have developed a UI as shown below: Now I want to add a functionality to this UI that if user wants to exchange positions of if and else if blocks, he must be able to do that. One option could ...
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Is good UI design something that reflects the underlying system/process or something that is used to solve the problem?

Inspired by this previous question on UX SE: Good reasons to use bad UI? I asked myself the question, "Are there bad reasons to use good UI?" And just to clarify, I am talking about UI design and not ...
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Best way to give user information on a layer

The Idea I have a layer list that is being created like this d3 version here and I want to append some sort of information icon to the lowest level nodes. To give some background, the user will be ...
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How to detect bad UI design [closed]

I am a software developer who also does UI design. My question is, is it for me possible to detect UI issues during development. The big problem I know from other developers, they don't see bad UI ...
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Gamification: Scalability and affordance of visual rewards? [closed]

By the end of 2014, Gartner Research Report predicts that over 70 percent of Global 2000 organizations will have at least one "gamified" application, and that "gamification is positioned to ...
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Drastic (promotional) design changes within the same website; recommendations on points to make to push back?

Am getting brought into a discussion where a Marketing team wants to have a big dedicated page with completely different branding colors to promote one section of a website (bold blacks and garish ...
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Like vs “Did you find this review helpful?”

For a site like IMDB in which users write reviews, is it preferable to allow users "Like" a review( e.g. goodreads.com) or answer "y/n" to the question "Did you find this review helpful?"?