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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Why is a manual transmission so complicated? [closed]

While driving I noticed that the gearbox is complicated for a first time users. I find it hard to tell which gear my car is in while driving. Is there a reason for this design, and is there a better ...
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Users don't read (or even see) things. How can I deliver important clues?

I am building a website. Some pages contain instructions (a few simple sentences, nothing intimidating) and have fairly standard controls (drop-downs etc). There's not a lot on any one page. The ...
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Emphasize Label or Value?

I've often wondered what is the recommended item to emphasize -- the item label or the item value -- when you want to draw a user's attention to a specific piece of information. For example, our ...
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Is it better to put Facebook Connect on homepage or on Login/Registration pages and why?

I want to know if facebook connect button should be glaring at users straight from the homepage, or only at the login and register pages when users actually need to login or signup? What does each of ...
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Combobox-clutter… how to solve?

I'm involved in the fixing of an Online Dating Service. They have a registration form (all fields required), and 11 fields out of 16 are comboboxes. The fields are (in order, with comboboxes in ...
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How to label status on buttons?

I am looking for a clear labeling for a button that changes a status of an online test. Currently, while a user works on the test setup, the button says: In order to "publish" the test the user ...
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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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Any outstanding examples of a flight reservation system UI? [closed]

I am developing a flight reservation/booking system for a corporate client. Does anyone have any good examples of an outstanding UI for a flight reservation/booking system?
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Android/iOS: Homescreen [closed]

I have noticed more and more mobile apps are removing their home screen, especially iOS apps. What do you think of this? Personally I think sometimes an app's home screen is redundant, just a pretty ...
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CVV “What is this?” help dialog - still necessary?

Many online shopping carts have a "What is this?" help dialog attached to a CVV input field. Here is an example from Paypal: My assumption is that more people are familiar with online shopping, ...
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Citing the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen

I am writing a research proposal, I expect those who read it might have very little knowledge about usability. I wanted to cite the 10 heuristics of Jakob Nielsen. Is there a paper/book that talks ...
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How to mark an input field with text longer than its width?

Given a form with many input fields, some have long text which exceeds the input field width. I wish to mark those input fields in some way which indicates they have more text than is visible. I have ...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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What are the good techniques to create a great onboarding process?

I'm looking for websites with good onboarding process. I like for instance Weebly because it explains me quite well on to build my first site step by step. Can you recommend any, telling briefly why ...
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Best way to display different site links (eg Google, Diapers.com, etc)

I have a site which performs different search services. For example, some of my different searches are weather, events, and business search. What's the best way to give the user a way to switch ...
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Form with scores and question weights

I have been tasked of designing a form which has X amount of set questions the customer can pick in a back end software. Each question has a point against it (which can be defined) and to complete the ...
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Force User to Sign In/Sign Up?

We're building a dating site application. In popular dating sites, such as Match.com, users must first sign in or sign up before being able to use the site at all. We see thinking of the site ...
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Best method to show two different data type

I have millions of records categorized in following way 1: Category(All, Person, Company, Reference etc ) 2: Type(master data, source data) http://i.imgur.com/WwPrc.png Current flow : Through UI, ...
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Placing buttons on section headers is correct or not?

Is placing buttons on headers to the middle or extreme right side is correct or not? Could you please suggest me the appropriate place? Example:
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Managing Customer's UX expectations [closed]

Is there any good theory about it? What elements should one consider? User Interface / Cognition / Latency / Anything else? Is it only on the side of Non-Functional Requirements? or it lives also in ...
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Should static text be repeated in UI?

As you can see in the picture above there two version of displaying update date. One with just the date and the other with updated word prepended. My question is, what version actually to use? I ...
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Calendar view. Current day + 4 days in advance

Can not consider myself as UX guy, just wondering if someone came across of calendars UX. We have a requirement to show a week with where the current day should be the third day of the week despite ...
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How can I encourage users to select the 'correct' reason on a contact form instead of just the one which actually sends a message?

On one of my sites I have a contact form. And on that form the user is first asked to select from a short list of common reasons for why they wish to contact me. The actual form itself will either be ...
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Tagging Projects on a Portfolio

I am wanting to organize my work on my portfolio with tags. I am wondering if I should have tags describe the type of work and systems used AND a description of what the project is. For example: A ...
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Should certain functions be “hard to find” for powerusers to discover?

This is more of a fundamental question about access to the "poweruser" features for an application. One side thinks that power features should be more or less, "tough to find" and leaves the curious ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development?

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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When to use different colors?

I'm designing an IDE. I'm creating an icon to represent a function (which has at least one output parameter) and a procedure (which has no output parameters). I'm undecided about using the same icon ...
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What should be ideal date on calendar icon?

I am designing a calendar icon for an app, I am putting a random date right now on it, what should be ideal date that I should put. Is there any usability research done on the same? I know the best ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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Is using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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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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Reason why disabling options without explanation is bad?

It seems to be an obvious truth: the user, when presented with the inability to perform an option with no clear reason why, will become frustrated. But are there any usability guidelines which ...
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What does a folded corner mean to a user?

Lately I've noticed an increasing amount of folded corners as UI and/or decorative elements on several web pages. However, it seems most of the sites seem to differ in what they want to convey with ...
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How to show people where they are in a site structure on mobile devices

One of the oldest rules when it comes to navigation and page design is to make it clear where the users are on the site, where they have been and where they could go next. Usually this is solved by ...
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Should a duplicated record be added to the end or after the selected record?

I'm wondering what the preference (or what makes the most sense) is for duplicating a record in a list. I torn between copying the duplicated item right below the selected one or copying it to the ...
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Linking a Navigation menu item to external URL

3 of 7 links on my navigation menu are external links to others websites (same company but other services/not the same domain). Those websites are not the core of the business. Linking a navigation ...
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Displaying a list of items in a neat and readable way [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label? I often have to display 2 column lists like this - Name: Bob Age: 30 Shoes: ...
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How can I allow users to easily pair items from long lists?

I'm trying to create a friendly ui that will allow users with little or no computer experience to make pairs from two huge lists (around 2000 items each). Above each lists there will be a search field ...
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using iframe in modal window good or bad?

I am working on a flow that as part of it can ask the user to select an address but if the address is not in the system i am using a modal window to allow them add one so not to move them away from ...
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How can I measure why users never return to a web app?

I'm working on an application that's been in use for the past 3 years. It's a web-based product and we have been tracking its usage using Google analytics for the past 6 months (since the time I ...
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Best possible way to test a Web app or Website?

I am assigned to test a new web app that my company has to release in few weeks. Though through continuous testing and forking I indeed found some bugs. But I want to make my testing more foolproof. ...
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How to report outcomes of a background task to users?

I have an application that in essence takes files and imports them into a database. As these files can take a while to import, we have a queue of these tasks that get run one-by-one. As such, each ...
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Heuristic review [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: While establishing Heuristics for usability testing,do you advise using your own heuristics or pre defined ones I am working on a simple, yet comprehensive Heuristic ...
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Is swiping up/down better than swiping left/right for changing months on a calendar?

I have created a custom View to display a Calendar in Android. The display is always 1 month. I'm using a swipe to the sides to switch months. Now I have seen some other Apps (including the installed ...
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Are in-app tabs bad practice?

I have certain advanced use cases of a web-app that can be handled by allowing users to open details of items in new tabs (i.e. a single page app with an unlimited row of in-app tabs which imitate the ...
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Price ranges vs concrete price for 3rd party vendors

I'm building a website for a consulting firm that creates websites for its customers. In the website there is a small section that mentions a few hosting services as well as their prices (just for the ...
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Inventory management screen

Here IMAGE is the settings screen for my application.(desktop). This screen is for categories and product management for a pos system for cafe/bar. I am not a designer not a ux specialist. The gray ...
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What should the default selected action be for destructive actions in a dialog?

When a user is about to perform a destructive action that cannot be undone, what should the default selected option be on the confirmation/warning dialog box? In this example, the user is about to ...
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Action inside a table vs. Specific screen for the action?

So.. My webapp is targeted for Human Resources departament. The app has a screen that list Positions. Now I'll have two new requisites in the application which are: The user might be able to ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?