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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Best usability: visual presets or simple action?

I'm working on a webapp that lets designers generate CSS through an intuitive interface. Right now I'm working on the Shadows panel and I can't decided which option has the most versatile usability. ...
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What is the best method to show selected filters from very long lists?

I need to find a solution for displaying flagged items from a very long list. The following pics shows the filter panel of the iPad App. Users can select all the items or search for specific items ...
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Select as title vs. Tabs

I'm trying to decide between using a custom css select as a title versus using tabs on a page I'm working on. I drew up two wireframes below: 1. Using Tabs 2. Using Select As you can see, 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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Drop down list vs. clickable map

I'm working on a web tool that requires users to choose their region as a search filter. I'm trying to decide if it will be best to use a drop-down list (there will be 15 regions) or a clickable map ...
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studies on passcode/keypad versus password/keyboard?

When designing a tablet-based app that needs it's own extra security, there seems to be a couple of common choices: add a password screen with a keyboard, or use a passcode screen that has a keypad. ...
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Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields

What is the best way to layout a group of checkboxes and supporting form fields? For instance, in this form the user can select several choices for a report delivery method. Some of the choices ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Placement of delete button on form

I have a form which edits a flight, and it should be possible to delete them. I have considered putting a delete button in the index page, which lists all the flights, but the table rows are clickable ...
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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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Show/Hide Password Icon - Eye/ Closed Eye? Is the “Eye” icon offensive to any cultures?

I am on a project where we are implementing show/hide password functionality, and after significant research I discovered the 'Open Eye'/ 'Closed Eye' to be fairly standard. Once this was implemented ...
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What is the best time to create Usability Goals (or Criteria) for your application/website and on what basis?

We know the characteristics of UI being: Effectiveness Efficiency Error Prevention Memorability Ease of learning Satisfaction While evaluating our design against these measures, it makes sense ...
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Is there a standard way of asking users to set their country locale preference?

If you have country / language specific settings that you want to allow users to select so they can view the relevant content, is it standard to ask them in a dialog box (or on the page) when they ...
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How to handle conflicting updates of a customer record

We are developing a simple web based single-page CRM-like app. I was thinking about what happens when two operators are both editing the details of a customer "John Doe". On the server side we use a ...
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How fluent should filters be?

I have a few types of filters for a table and they should be concatenated. So in the end I should get something like this: URL contains google.com and Visits > 1000 and Date is before 30.12.2011 ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...
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Data listed horizontally or vertically?

I am currently building a data entry application and a lot of our data is contained in Div's on a page. Right now all of our data is listed horizontally because I feel that it is more readable and is ...
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What is a good color combination, visibility for outside use

I am designing the layout for a touchscreen for outside use, What are some good color combination to use that will be visible under the sun light for outside use? Maybe bright neon colors?
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Is it necessary to use titles on the navigation bar of an iOS app, or could I get away with displaying the logo all the time?

Within my app there are several views accessible from a side navigation pull-out panel. Is it necessary to put the title in the navigation bar all the time?
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Can we assume users know the devices they're working on?

I'm developing an iPhone app that uses pretty standard UI, follows Apple's human-interface guidelines, and in some cases imitates behavior as seen in stock iPhone apps. For example, a table view from ...
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Should I combine multiple User and Group management panels into a single screen?

Currently I am developing a user and group management plugin for out application with ExtJs 4.1 This is my first version. I packed all into 1 window, each panel has its toolbar and user/group ...
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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 ...
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Massive menu on website, how to solve it?

I must change the following menu in some web site. This menu contain almost 30 items! Screenshot: Any idea? Categories: Home, Games, Leisure Children, Openly Software, Recipes, Study Lessons, ...
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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Do people find someone in a list faster by name or a profile picture of the person?

I am looking for research to find out if when looking through a list such as a team list in a project management app people find it easier to find someone by their profile picture or their name? I am ...
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Stopping people abusing star rating systems

I want to implement a 5 star rating system for particular articles on my site. But, I know that with a little bit of scripting, it can be easy for hackers to abuse these systems. However, I want it to ...
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How can end users training be integrated to the UX plans?

For many systems, performance can be significantly improved by educating the end users. It might even be argued that training is required to achieve optimal system performance: IIRC, Robert N. ...
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Best way to represent distance in a clear way?

I'm building a job board and the user can search for jobs around its hometown. It can adjust the radius using a slider. Example: 1) User enters "Brussels" in the input box. 2) User changes the ...
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Is a private messaging system really necessary?

I have a very old private messaging system that either needs to be redone or removed. It currently accounts for about 20% of the activity on the site. We already have a system in place for ...
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Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
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Have controls fade out on scroll?

Background In our application we have a list view of contacts. In addition to the list there is a filter panel at the top of the list which provides contact type filtering through a segment control: ...
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Is task-based the same as user-centric?

Well, I think that the question is self-explanatory. In order to explain something to someone in the office I used task-based instead of user-centric and I was surprised. I'm usually complaining ...
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On mobile phones why is the green (call) button at the left and red (hang) button at the right side?

Some old mobile phones have switched position of green/red buttons. Currently the green button is at the left and red button is at the right side on mobile phones. Why? That is rationale? Which ...
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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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Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
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How much text markup is good, before it becomes bad?

In 1997 Jakob Nielsen told us about how users read on the web. (Actually in a typically headline grabbing way, he says they don't and then tells us how they do!) Nielsen is a big proponent of using ...
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Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
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Should I use pagination in a forum's thread

I am designing a forum with large discussions, with no specific need to order answers. Do I need to implement pagination or should I maintain one unique page per thread?
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On log in form, what should a password unmask button look like and say?

On the log in form, I want to give users the option to unmask the password field so they can see what they type. The phrase "unmask password" is too technical and its purpose may not be apparent to ...
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Resorting items after editing on a paginated page

We show a list of users in a paginated fashion (10 rows per page). There is a column to flip the status of an user to activate or disable. Assuming I am in the 3rd page and I am disabling a user. ...
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Nomenclature: Folder or Directory in UI?

I often see the terms "folder" and "directory" being used in user interfaces as well as in programming almost as synonyms. Do I have to stick with one? or can I use both interchangeably? Do users ...
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Why did older Windows installs delay before automatic restart?

Every time I need to install an older copy of Windows (today it's Server 2003 Enterprise), I run into the screen where the initial install phase completes and my machine needs to reboot. The ...
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How should I alter my programs progress bar?

An application I have just been asked 'to take care of' has some interesting code features. One is that when it is loading up the login screen, it displays a 'splash' with a progress bar. This splash ...
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Does a large UX team tend to spoil a design?

Is there a rule of thumb for how many UX designers should be working together on a project? Factoring in things like the size of the project (e.g. number of functions/screens), timeline of the ...
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Best order for the company history page?

I'm making a company history page for 2005 to today. Each year has a paragraph about what happened that year. I'm conflicted as to whether I should show 2005 first (and let the user scroll down to ...
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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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Should users be directed to a 404 page or a landing page?

We have two pages. One is a landing page, given by the route /region. The other is a detail page for a particular region, given by the route /region/summary/{id}. The landing page is the normal way by ...
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How to test usability on competing mock ups cost-effectively?

I have a client that is very opinionated about what she likes and dislikes about my design and moves things around to where they "look right" for her. I want to test my original mock-ups vs her ...
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Country/Region Specific locales: How much is it important?

In our website, we are providing more than one language choice, so users will be able to use the website if they knew any of these languages. However, it surprised me that one site I've visited ...
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Why would one limit username format?

Many websites when ask you to create a new "username", will limit you in some way, most often like "username should only contain letters and underscores" or something alike. This results in inability ...