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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Looking for any studies OR anecdotal stories on the usability of lightweight markup languages (like Markdown, MediaWiki or BBCode) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users? I need to create a simple markup language (none of the ones out there quite fit the bill). However, I'd really like ...
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Is it a good idea to allow drag and drop items to be dragged from a slide-in menu?

We're developing a dashboard, and now we have a fullscreen dashboard that includes a sliding menu (which is invisible from start) with chart types to drag and drop onto the dashboard. When user ...
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Are homepage slideshows actually effective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are carousels effective? Something I have been wondering for quite a while now. Why is it that so many websites use slideshows on their homepage? My gut feeling tells ...
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How to launch an additional info popup from a set of cells in a grid

I have a grid with a large amount of rows and columns. Columns are logically grouped together in sets of 5 all related to one data item (the letters in the below example). Header | Property 1 (A) | ...
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The use of “successful” in confirmation messages

I'm wondering about the use of "successful" in confirmation messages after a form has been submitted ("The form has been successfully submitted." or "The mailbox has been successfully set up"). To me ...
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From the usability point of view are text links in italics a good or a bad idea?

A colleague of mine (web designer) would like to style the titles of content in italics for aesthetic reasons. The problem is those titles are also text links to the related full content view. When ...
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Should a 'Calculator' support '{' (curly braces) and '[' (box braces)

NOTE: I had originally asked this question on http://programmers.stackexchange.com/, but I had been asked to move it here. I am currently developing a Simplifier for a Calculator. This allows the ...
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Why doesn't Apple.com have a tagline/About Us section that communicates what they do?

Why doesn't Apple.com have a tagline/About Us section that communicates what they do? That's a big usability violation. The closest thing I've found to an "About Us" section is a "services" box in ...
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Improving design for item review site

I am currently working on a site in which the main goal is to provide a very easy and fast workflow to review an item, make some notes, and submit it. All the fields included in the below image are ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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About pages - when should a web startup have one?

How should the team behind a web startup decide on having an About page? On one hand, many users tend to look for it, while on the other, there is value in disclosing as little as possible to the ...
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What color should the “Add new” button be?

I am uncertain if the "add new" button is a "positive" action and should be colored green. Or a neutral action and colored blue. What is the best practice for this?
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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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Less noisy cell buttons on a table

I have table where almost all of its cells are a button that works independently. When I add a 3D button-like design to each cell, the table becomes a large chunk filled with buttons and looks a ...
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Which is the better option Share or Post button? [closed]

On my website I am using the 'Share' button to post a comment, document, or to have a poll. I'm confused either to use 'Share' or 'Post'.
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Upon the launch of a new site - add big slide-down / lightbox explanation?

Upon the launch of say a new social media site - is it appropriate to do a big slide-down / lightbox to explain what the site is about - or to let users figure things out for themselves? Former: ...
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Defining phases that a city matures to for business

I'm building a taxi booking service. It's a chicken-egg problem that I am trying to break. Unless I have taxis in the system, customers won't use the system (a 0 search results is an instant turn off, ...
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Constraining user actions in Maps API

I have an app which highly depends on maps. Should I allow the user to zoom in, pinch, and other things or should constraint it to only the current location. My application tracks the users location ...
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Ideas and/or research results on the best way to present a lengthy list of chapters

I'm looking for the best way to present a list of chapters on an iPhone. My first stab was to create a vertically scrolling table with a row for each chapter. For example, when showing the chapters of ...
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Best practices for website front page slideshow?

We are r&d on front page slideshow, if you look to the following slideshow there is next and previous and at right corner slideshow numbers, so some one place number on right corner while others ...
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Dealing with overlaps in dynamically changing positions

My question is similar to this one. I have a line graph made using c3js. When the user alters some parameters through sliders, the line will be replotted. I have also created a custom legend (per ...
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Isn't www.google.com violating one of the most important design and usability principles? [closed]

When you go to www.google.com in Google Chrome and start typing into the search box, which is in the middle of the screen, as soon as you start typing Google Chrome is moving your search text into the ...
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Single or multiple drop zones for file uploads?

What is the most usable method to upload single or multiple files which relate to specific categories or fields? A) One dropzone/browse button for multiple documents, list is created, specify which ...
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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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How to represent medium difficulty? (fitness)

We have several video fitness programs with difficulties related to the intensity of the workouts. When categorizing them by difficulty "Easy" and "Hard" are clearly communicated by these terms but ...
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Warning message to the user if name he enterred already exists

I want to warn user if the file name he enters already exists and ask him if he want to try with another name. Following options I think will go good in such situation: "A file name with this name ...
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Should the current likes counter be inside the Like button?

I noticed that Facebook, Instagram and other well designed apps separate the Like and Comment buttons from their counts. Any ideas why they do not put the counter inside the button? Maybe have a split ...
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Why Is editing account information commonly done in sections?

Sorry if the question is worded badly. I was wondering why most sites require the user to edit their personal information in sections. For example an ecommerce site in 'my account' would have: User ...
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Is it necessary to tell users that Usability was improved?

I'm about to release a polished version of a multiple-window gui-application I wrote years ago. I improved usability a lot (it was BAD!), with which i mean stuff like: fixing tiny errors in ...
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A method to display error validation in forms with severe space constraints

I am familiar with common form error validation techniques. However I would like to find a nice way to handle error messages in an interface with little room to spare. I'd like to show: Flag the ...
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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions

I have a .NET Winforms application that hosts controls to provide different areas of functionality. My normal method in providing a menu to switch between these controls has been a TreeView or a List ...
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How best to display truncated links?

I'm working on a Q&A platform, and I was wondering. Within My Account you can check your questions, answers and comments such as [Your answer] Date: [XX-XX-XX] Number of answers:[XX] ...
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Multiple modal windows on one page?

I have a user-input form appearing in a lightbox, essentially a modal window. Any validation errors on the input form appear as an alert box, which is basically another modal window. Intuitively, ...
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What is a better phrase that will inform the user about app autostart?

What is a better phrase that will inform a user about an app autostart after power connected: "App will run automatically on power connected" "App will start autommatically when power connected"
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Add bug screen, design / layout suggestion

I am working on a bug tracking system, below are two design/layout I have for the 'add new bug' feature. Screen 1 Screen 2 Which of these two screen look more intuitive ? Any help or ...
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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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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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Which one has more career opportunities: web usability or web accessibility?

I'm wondering which one will be more valuable and have more career opportunities. Web usability or web accessibility. Please show statistics or any valid information if possible.
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Showtimes for movies

I'm working on local cinemas guide (for arab users), and I want to design showtimes schedule in cinemas on movie page.. easy & simple for users and easy for developer and data entry. Can I use ...
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How to user test a redesign?

In some website projects, you are testing whether users can complete specific functionality. For example, with a shopping cart I can measure the percentage of users that complete checkout, the amount ...
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Why do radio buttons precede the labels?

Radio buttons always seem to precede the label and not the other way around. Is there any reason for this? Don't user first read the label before selecting a radio button? Does this have to do ...
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What is an surface-perpendicular wheel control called?

Please bear with me as I attempt to describe this control (since I don't know its name I wasn't able to google image search for it). It's a physical control, used for adjusting a quantity up or down. ...
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All Caps in International Design

I have my own opinions on this but need some arguments when talking with designers. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using caps for all words in mobile application design?
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Can a label and a count link to the same detail list?

We have a page with links to different lists and we are debating what the clickable link should be. What is the best option? The label and the count are both links to the same list. Is it ...
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How to make input/output connections between lots of items easier to make and manage?

I have an application that I'm trying to finish for release that allows a user to link "channel values" together. Here is an example workflow of how this currently works - taking an on-screen fader ...
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Fast / numereous animations. Possible Epilepsy / Seizures from website game?

I'm building a pretty simple Question and Answer game. It's in the beginning stages now, but I would like to know what your thoughts are on the background animation I currently have. 1) Is there too ...
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Should tabbing focus on datagridview

Should pressing the tab button within a windows form take the focus through a datagridview? What is the typical expectation of windows forms users from other applications? The purpose of the form is ...
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Why are switches with light indicator common but outlets are not?

Wall mount light switches that have a neat light indicator that turns on when the switch is in "off" position are quite common. The purpose is to make finding the switch in the dark easier. Looks ...
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Selecting root in 'save as'-style folder tree

I've got a tree structure equivalent to folders and files: you can save items and arrange them into folders. The current design is: Folder - Item - Item Folder - Folder - Item When the ...