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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Standards for HTML access keys

Wanted to see if anyone has done some research on standard HTML access key. I have notices after doing some research many sites including Apple have incorporated the accesskey="s" on its search box. I ...
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Good reasons to use bad UI

I know you just read the title, take a deep breath. I'll explain. When should we make a conscious decision to retain poor UI, even if temporarily? Not because of budget or time constraints but ...
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What is the best way to upsell maximum video content on a wap site?

We are working on revamping our UI for an on-demand video delivery product on mobile phones. The challenge is that prevalent user connection is still 2G which is very slow (about 40-50 kbps) and we ...
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How can I differentiate Online products vs “Offline” products?

I'm helping re-design a website which has some products that can be purchased online and some which can only be purchased offline in physical stores. Both the products you can buy and can't buy need ...
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Best way to allow registration to an invite only web app?

I'm in the process of planning a web app which will offer an advice service to people who earn above a certain salary threshold. The thinking is that the new users will be procured through their ...
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Horizontal menu in multiple rows - or is there a better way

I have a desktop app with a horizontal menu. Now the number of options is getting too numerous, so users with standard screen resolutions would soon face horizontal scrolling. But the menu options ...
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Defining relationships between many users in one UI?

We have a UI on a web-page, where relationships between users can be defined by admins. Users are divided to two roles, in this case "Lorem" and "Lorem ipsum". Right now a relationship between ...
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Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests

In usability discussions about opening website external links in new windows, with regard to the argument of "keeping users on the site" there are occasionally references to usability studies which ...
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How to differentiate between items a user 'Appreciates' and the 'Appreciations Received' from others

I am building a feature that gives my users the ability to "Appreciate" other users' images, posts and content. But I can not find a elegant method of displaying the two different types of ...
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Standards for and measuring contrast of solid color fills

There are several questions on UX (e.g. here, here, here) already about contrast. However, all of those are about text, and the contrast between text and background, most off them referencing this W3 ...
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How to design usable web site terms & conditions?

What are some guidelines and examples for designing usable legal terms for web sites? I know that most users don't read it, but are there innovative ways to improve readability and presentation of ...
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Show mapped input in form

As a part of a form I got one field where users input an id. This id maps to a name. I want to show this name in the form since spotting a typo in a id sequence of numbers is harder than recognising a ...
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Functionality of a form that receives bids for an item. What's best?

I have a form that receives bids for items. It is shown below: In green you can see the price for the current winner bid, below, the minimum increase for the next bid (in the case of the image, the ...
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Is the Windows Start button an example of poor mapping?

In my recent course on HCI, I've been told that start button on Windows systems is an example of poor mapping. The reason for that, as explained in materials, is that it doesn't start anything, but ...
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How should I Redirect/Handoff users to a 3rd party site?

Does anyone have any experience with handing off users to another website with a good user experience? We offer a product, and if the user doesn't qualify for our product, we hand the user off to a ...
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How to categorize new threads in a mobile forum application?

I am planning to launch a new Forum/Chat app for Android/iPhone. The app requires users to specify a category before creating a new thread. How do I show and allow users to choose the thread category ...
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Force reconfirmation of details

When entering a new application our customer enters their clients name, dob, and license details. The system then checks if the client already exists. If they exist the rest of the their details are ...
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What should be the alert message on clicking “Cancel” Button

I have 3 buttons on a form, which is filled by system but the user (admin) can edit any fields if he wants. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Save: Will ...
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Guidelines for ordering of tabs?

I am wondering if there are some guidelines for ordering of tabs. Typically we see General tab as the first which makes sense. What if there is no general tab? How to decide which ones should follow ...
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Is it acceptable to make a text field look like a write in line?

My designer would like to implement a text field that drops down on hover against a white background, and only have a bottom border to define the field. Also, the designer would like to see a flashing ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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Is usability gender specific?

I'm talking strictly usability, not UX as a whole: Is there a measurable difference between men and women? Can it happen that elements of a website work well for men but don't work for women or vice ...
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Do embodied agents improve usability?

When you search a web site from outside using a search engine and having the addendum site:mysite.com you have a good chance to find what you want. At least you get close to what you want to find and ...
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Guidelines on designing audio-only interfaces (eg for blind users)?

There are many resources out there that provide accessibility guidelines - hints on making content easy for a screen-reader to parse, or reminders about content that blind users cannot glean. That's ...
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Why do light switch buttons have up/down direction when it's really a toggle function?

If you do a quick image search on your favorite search engine on "light switch" you get a large number of images. Most of them have up and down direction, to represent state. Up for on in the US, and ...
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Internal or external settings window?

I'm designing the settings/preferences area on a hobby project in java. What is the best way to allow users to edit settings and why? My main considerations are: New window with it's own symbol on ...
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What are the design guidelines to make interfaces friendly to dyslexics?

I've come across this question on Quora where it's likely to be forgotten. Unlike other disabilities that are often considered in design, dyslexia has many forms. As a result, the guidelines can't be ...
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How to tell customers that virtual goods expire?

As a company I don't want to be responsible for offering paid downloads or virtual gaming goods and access to services eternally. How can I tell my customers that virtual goods expire? That they lose ...
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Is it ok to have the secondary navigation in the right-hand column?

I've noticed this on thefader.com. my concern is that this is a uncommon place for a subnav and will be mixed-in with ads. further, our site is pretty content-heavy. thoughts?
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best image to indicate swipe left right

What is the most appropriate image to indicate to users to swipe left or right? i am using http://cubiq.org/swipeview but i feel like it needs a swipe indicator in the background somewhere. Edit: for ...
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Is it a bad idea to resize fonts with the browser?

For certain special pages I want to put content all on one page. Think of them as cheatsheets (or similar) the idea being is that users should benefit from seeing the whole page in one glance. However ...
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How do you decide when a website or application is “usable enough”?

I did see the related question How do you know when an interface is complete - Though the answers in this question are very interesting,they are more from a product management perspective of what to ...
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Fewer main pages, fewer tabs is better?

I'm working on a local cinema's movies website, and I've been trying to reduce the number of pages in favour of showing more types of content on them. Currently, I have a Home page (with a carousel / ...
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paradigm for displaying previously entered data on a form?

Is there any model for completing a web-based form where you show the data the user has previously entered, as well as the form fields with the current values? I'm working with another developer on ...
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Where can I find research on readability of web sites?

I am looking specifically for text alignment (e.g. left vs. full justification) and what size/width text sections ideally have.
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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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In a grouped list - moving items nicely from one group to another

I have a web app. On one of the screens I have a grouped list similar to the iPhone address book for example : Imagine I can tap on Steve Becker and his name changes to Steve Acker. His item will ...
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Form design and placement of action buttons

This question involves a data entry form in a web application. The form will be used in a desktop environment only; there's no need to account for mobile. A single user of this web app could be ...
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would a small application to store temporary data be useful [closed]

I am planning to create a nice free small application and I need your expert opinion about whether this application would be useful or not. Here we go: Details about the Application Imagine you ...
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Why do Juice cartons fail on opening?

When I open a simple juice carton I fail on opening. I always seem to waste some of the concentrated juice on the kitchen sink and I wonder – do I do it wrong or is it the package that does not have a ...
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What's the best way to kill useless features?

I'm working on an web platform (SAAS) that's about six years old. Like a lot of new web services, it's evolving rapidly in response to client and user requests. In the short time that I've been here, ...
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How to display search results for different versions of an item?

The Apache Bloodhound defect tracker I'm working on may show historic results in search in a future version. That means even after an item has been altered (like the description text of a Ticket), ...
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Would intentionally slowing down UI help to increase sales on shopping sites?

I've noticed that iTunes store is always slow, at first I thought it's just because iTunes is a bloatware (which it is, on both Mac and Windows.) However I started to wonder whether this is ...
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Dashed underline on required fields

I am working on a massive user registration form for a web application for my company. We have been discussing different ways of alerting the user that a field is required for registration. As of ...
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Multi-pane code editor with preview: help me find a good compromise between usability and complexity

I am creating a simple web site/app for testing JavScript code in the browser, similar to jsbin.com, jsfiddle.net, and tinkerbin.com. The usual approach is to have 3 code editors (for JS, CSS, and ...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a ...
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When conducting an heuristic evaluation, do you also make note of conforming elements?

When conducting an heuristic evaluation, do you you also make note of the elements that conform, or do you only look for elements that do not conform to the heuristics?
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Where to place optimization controls in a scheduling interface with several vehicles and optimization criteria?

I'm involved in the design of a vehicle routing interface. It mainly consists of a Gantt-Chart, where jobs are arranged in a timeline. Each job is carried out at a different location. The total travel ...
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Does the use of lines improve the usability of tree widgets?

I am in the process of defining a style guide for a family of software applications, including the usage and visual design of a tree widget. Right now, we are having discussions whether to use lines ...
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Suitable form for adding/removing elements of a dynamic list

I am writing a web app for tracking daily activities. The concept is very simple, you add questions and then answer them daily. When you are defining your questions, you can add different types of ...