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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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A tabbed Android UX element similar to iOS App card?

Is there a standard Android layout that allows for tabs within a context menu? Something similar to the iOS app card would be great.
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Should you be allowed to change your own data?

Let's imagine you were about to use a CRM Enterprise-Application that contains your working-data (street, housenumber, office phone number and so on). Should we allow the user to change this data at ...
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What is the reason behind the upper-case-lower-case behaviour of the Apple iOS keyboard?

On Windows and Android phones/tablets the case of the keypad letters alters when pressing SHIFT: But Apple seems to ignore this presumably useful feature. Does Apple really know it's better NOT to ...
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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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Best order of heuristics for filtering gift suggestion search results

I have created a gift website where I want users to find gift suggestions based on a series of questions. To display the questions and search results I have two panels on the screen: Panel 1: Search ...
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Clicking twice to edit filename - what are the reasons for this pattern?

Like we all know, one can edit a file or folder name in Windows Explorer by either right clicking and choosing "Rename" from the context menu OR by highlighting the file by left-clicking, and clicking ...
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How to handle long processing task in UI?

We have a Desktop based WinForms application. Application performs some very complex logic in database and is bound to take long time. By long time i mean it will take anything from 1 min to 20 min ...
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Selecting many elements from a long list

I have a scenario where my 'create user' dialog has a very long list of options, of which the user needs to select many. The project manager has suggested a 'dual list' approach: a long (scrolled) ...
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Adding new data while filtering current data

I'm working on a table that includes employee data (Name, Age, Position). Above the table I have a live filter that can filter the data by Age Group and Position. I'd also like the possibility of ...
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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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Best way to display whether someone is the right age for a match on an online dating site?

When I visit another person's dating profile, I'd like to see a visual indicator that communicates something about a person's age so I can determine whether they might be a good match for me--without ...
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Autocomplete Search takes you directly to product

A user enters text in a search box and a list of autocomplete options appear. The user clicks on one of these suggestions. Should they be sent straight to that product's page, or should they be sent ...
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Links inside a dropdown

I'm wondering if links inside a dropdown provides a valid user experience, if it isn't part of the main navigation of the site. For a news website I'm trying to come up with a nice way for the ...
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Filter options - Preferable to use an 'all' box or a 'clear' link to restore default settings?

I'm currently working on a search engine, filter options are provided to allow users to refine their searches. Example: TYPE [box] Firm [box] Lawyer [box] Transaction [box] Company When the ...
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Fusing words for website name: confusing or doable?

Arguably UX starts with the domainname. Well perhaps a bit far-fetched, so please feel free to suggest what might be a bitter fit than UX.SE for this question, but here it is anyhow. I'm looking at ...
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What is the best method to undo an action?

Imagine for the sake of simplicity I have a web app to-do list, where each item is a line and has a check mark near it. When the user clicks the check mark, the task is then "done" and the line fades ...
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Inputting addresses using autocomplete

I have a web application where the user will need to fill many addresses (a few users entering the addresses of other people). It uses autocomplete to speed things up and to reduce duplication (the ...
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Are hover states necessary?

We're having a discussion in the UX department here at work as to whether or not hover states are necessary to a UI. We're kind of divided. Here are the two arguments: Against (started the ...
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Swipe specific keyboard?

QWERTY was used to prevent the arms of a typewriter from clashing. DVORAK is made for productivity (~70% of the typing on the homerow) If you use a swipe keyboard (as available on android 4.2?, swype ...
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Should I add a floating, fixed feedback button on the pages of my website?

I would like to add a Feedback feature to my website. Should I add it as a floating,fixed button on the side? Is that considered something users are annoyed by? If I shouldn't, which method is ...
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Do “extended” batteries really affect user experience?

There're several companies out there that sell "extended" batteries for smartphones. For example, Nokia Lumia 820 standard battery has 1450 mAh capacity and the extended one has 1600 mAh capacity - 9% ...
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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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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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Resources about hardware usability

I am a user experience researcher working primary on websites. I am considering shifting to the hardware domain and I am wondering what kind of general reference resources are out there about hardware ...
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Design idea for Multiple level pages

We have a framework with multiple plugins (for different functionality). Each plugin has it's own configuration/information pages. These pages also have sub levels; sometimes up to four level. If we ...
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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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mobile first design - main navigation placement & considering desktop users too

I'm considering placement of the main navigation for a responsive site in a thin sidebar similar to the navigation on Twitter's iPad app, as seen on the left. However with the icons and links ...
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Should I build camera functionality into a photo sharing app or let the user use the device camera app they would already be familiar with?

I have been working on the idea I have for sort of another photo sharing app. Last few days, as I have been working on the part of it for taking photos in square format (like instagram) I started to ...
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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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Carousel Menu on Mobile Device [closed]

So, I made this carousel menu as a second menu and using Jquery Mobile framework. This carousel is clickable and when i saw on some reference there's also swipe for touchscreen. Is my carousel ...
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Is there a limit to the length of an infinitely scrolling page of content where readers are willing to read?

I have done some research on this subject and find much about the "myth of the fold," why infinite scrolling is not great for ecommerce, and how users benefit from a button to click to load more ...
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de-emphasizing cancel

Is it a good idea to de-emphasize the cancel button? download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups vs. download bmml source
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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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Live preview - alternative to split screen

I am working on a playground for designers and front end developers. One of the features it has is the live preview. This means that while you are changing your html or css code you can preview the ...
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Infinite scroll vs Pagination in E-commerce websites

Infinite scroll has been around for a while now, however I have not seen infinite scroll being implemented on any successful or well known e-commerce sites. Does anyone know of any e-commerce sites ...
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Accessible custom scrollbars?

While it seems that the general consensus on custom scrollbars is that they are somewhat detrimental to overall user experience, powers beyond my control are suggesting their implementation is ...
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Changing a White Background to…?

I am in the process of creating a website. Currently the website has a solid white background with black text. However, on different monitors the white background can be blinding bright. I have ...
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Rearranging icons by most recently used

I am looking for some studies that examine how users perceive controls (e.g. navigational icons) that are rearranged based on most recently used. Also it would be interesting to see how rearranging ...
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Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?

Here at Stack Exchange we're currently wrestling with weaknesses in our tags system. As we open up new verticals – some of which include very non-technical users like cooking – we suspect that the ...
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What is the most user-friendly way to show position of a user on a long leaderboard?

I am designing a gamefication app and I need to show an overall leaderboard, displaying all users with points and positions... The problem is that the leaderboard requires pagination and the ...
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Shrinking down a grid to use as tab-like navigation?

I am trying to design a navigation system for users researching entities. This is what you see when you arrive at a page for a particular entity - basic info, plus a whole load of different expandable ...
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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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Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?

Why do we still have these HTTP error codes? For me it seems like they are completely useless for the user (not for all but most of them). It says nothing helpful (look at the screenshot above, it ...
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User interface design [closed]

I am writing an application in C# using Visual Studio and need my UI like this: +-------------------------------------------------------------+ |Action1 Action2 ... ActionN | Toolbox | ...
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Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?

Does it matter to the user if the application has 70-80 screens as long as all the functionality are provided? Does it depend on the platform, e.g. Handheld devices vs Desktop ? Is there a limit on ...
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Should users be forced to go through a walkthrough?

We've found that our users have almost universally benefited from actually going through our walkthrough. Obviously, we have some more ux work to do on our service. But, based on this information, we ...
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Too many checkboxes in a table?

A user should be able to change the settings for 5 different options for each day of the week at the same time. I was thinking of something like this, but it seems a bit messy... Too many things ...
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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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Tap or Drag to mark a specific point?

The scenario We have a screen with a view containing many small symbols. The user will have to choose a single element. In order to find the correct element, he'll have to pinch and pan. As you can ...