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 way to handle code wrapping on a narrow viewport [duplicate]

Note that this is not a duplicate of this question. I reviewed it before asking the question and the accepted answer is stated as unacceptable in the "Solutions that won't work" section below. My ...
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Why is tree representation of data becoming unpopular?

I'm asking not about professional software like IDE's, but about OS GUI and web interfaces. A few years ago there was File manager in Windows, Gopher and other interfaces and data models like this. ...
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How to recruit participants for usability study of a mobile app?

I'm currently designing an Android app and would like to do a usability study to test how the app works with the target audience. I have a question regarding recruiting participants. Since there are ...
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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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Better method of displaying recipes [closed]

I'm working on a recipes-saving application and trying to figure out which method of presenting recipes is better. Each recipe that is displayed on the page has a name, but not necessarily a photo. I ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to have two progress bars in one dialog?

Discussing with my team-mates this morning but we're not sure which one is the best way. Scenario: When users select a single document to process, they will see a progress bar and text displaying its ...
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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Unlock Account for Highly Secure Website

I am working on project for a very secure sensitive website in which the objective is to make the "unlock account" workflow easy and intuitive. Currently, if user enters wrong username and password ...
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Are there any guidelines on the use of speech in interfaces?

I'm thinking about how the gender, talking speed and accent of the speech voice used affects user understanding. (UK market) Examples of speech interface: SatNavs, Automated Telephone Assistance ...
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Maximun number of page scrolls (or swipes) on mobile website

I'm trying to find some numbers / data / studies / testing that uncovers the maximum number of scrolls (swipes) that should be used on a mobile site in determining page length. I know the typical best ...
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Best way to indicate a new cycle (of a set of actions)

I'm building a feature where the user is asked to send customized messages to their friends. The process involves two steps: Selecting a friend (will have autocomplete / suggestions) Selecting ...
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Display password Requirements on Login screen?

Some systems have complex password requirements. Because of this, it may be difficult to remember the password with a particular system. I understand that there may be security reasons for wanting to ...
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Handling selection and navigation in the same table view cell in iOS

I've a list of items in a table view, each of which display a small image and a name, as well as a disclosure indicator to navigate to a view with the item's details: The behavior I want is to be ...
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Best placement for a “Go Back” button: top or bottom?

I know that it is bad practice to use a "Go Back" button (since the browser has such a function) but when it can't be avoided for some reason, is it better to put it on top (similar to how the back ...
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Should images be given alt text if they contain no information?

Example: a biography page with a picture of the person. The image contains no useful information, yet it adds enough emotional value to the page that simply removing it is not the solution. If you ...
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Benefits and drawbacks of modal windows

I'm working on a web application and am a little stuck trying to figure out how I should implement signup forms, login forms, contact forms, and payment forms. I can implement all these in either: ...
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Alternative to a columns of checkboxes in a table

Here's the scenario: A Person has a bunch of Accounts. Accounts may (or may not) have Services attached to it depending on the type of Account. Currently there are two types of Service (indicated by ...
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Tree manage in ribbon UI

I'm implementing ribbon UI in one of my application. It manages some trees so I move all the options to the ribbon (contextual tabs) but it just doesn't look fluent. Is placing tree options ...
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Is it okay to have a login requiring users to first select from multiple services?

We have two services with logins on a page. Should we consider having a single login box which asks users to select which service they want to log in to before hitting the login button rather than two ...
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How high should a top floating menu be?

More and more websites are getting top menus that always stay when you scroll. Examples: https://9gag.com/ http://www.ign.com/ http://phpmaster.com/ Personally I don't like them ...
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Usability of transparency in navigation menu

I have seen a couple of websites using some css properties to make the navigation menu semi-transparent. I assume this has to do with giving the user a more continuous feel to the page scroll, but it ...
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Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
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Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?

In almost every chat window I open, there's this fairly obvious statement: Never tell your [password/credit card/social security/etc] to anyone. Are there some standards for chat functionality that ...
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Forms: Sample description- for label or field? what should be the placement?

I need to place example input text [abc@pqr.com] for a field or label. Where should I place example (or sample) input description? Here, I have shown four examples of an email ID input for ...
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Best aesthetically solution to overflowing data in a table

I have the following table which I created as follows: <html> <head> <style type="text/css"> html { background-color: #fff; } body{ text-align:center; } ...
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Night/Day Mode Toggle

I'm working on a website that features a "day" mode and a "night" mode that the user can toggle between. The day mode will have a light background with dark text, the night mode will have a dark ...
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Mobile Menu with 150+ links

I'm building a website that has over 150 menu items. Normally, for small sites, I would use a responsive mobile menu for use on mobiles. However, as you can imagine, 150 or more menu items loaded onto ...
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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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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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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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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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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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Using Dropdowns AND Radio Buttons to avoid confusion

For you reference I wanted to point out that this is a Video project. I am designing a menu in which the user can choose 1 of 4 formats for SD (standard definition) and two options for HD (high ...
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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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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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How to combine Faceted Search with 'browsing' action?

I don't have a UX background, so forgive me if I am missing something. I am working on a small demo, to explore browsing a list of items (movies) combined with faceted search. I was wondering what ...
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Is it okay to use breadcrumb navigation on some pages and not on others?

Breadcrumbs would be redundant for some of my pages and quite pointless, but effective on others which are a bit deeper. Is it bad practice to only implement breadcrumbs on some of the pages?
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The best practices for a rating bar/slider/buttons

I need to make a rating scale input device that satisfies the following requirements: 1) Each value must be associated with a number to the user. 2) It must be immediately clear that this thing ...
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Form Design: Mutually Exclusive Tabs vs. One Form

I am working on a form design that currently has two mutually exclusive forms accessible via tabs (Option 1). During usability testing my team noticed that users missed the tabs and only noticed them ...
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Should the “Help” menu really be called Help?

Most of todays applications have a menu called Help as the last element in the menu bar. But many applications are using the Help menu as a general container for anything that does not fit into other ...
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What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to show the currently selected language in a language selector?

There are three choices of language. At least on mobile it would be nice if I could save a little space in the footer by omitting the currently active language. This seems risky though as it means the ...
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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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Two-level menus: Why? and When?

Two level menus: should they be used? Why are they important? I never found any resource explaining this. Should I avoid them and only use them when you really have too much stuff to present?
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Fixed/floating button on mobile app

We're developing a new mobile app for premium users. It is basically a content reading app. The content will be updated periodically; we have 3 fixed "topics". These topics are going to be updated ...
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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, ...
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Why use the append text to copy-paste (“Read more at …”) pattern?

I was copy-pasting some text from a website and besides the text I copied, the following text was appended "Read more at: http://www.YYYY.com Copyright © YYYY". I've seen this pattern in many ...
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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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Should I verify that the output directory exists or just create it?

In my job, I create apps where I'm converting data and frequently need, among other things, an input and an output directory. Obviously, the input directory needs to exist, but for the output ...