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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Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?

I am working on an iPad app. It's in the medical field and the app will be sold for $99, which is kind of expensive! The client and the developer want to force the user to give his/her email address ...
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How to prevent yourself going a step back in usability?

I am working on a application which already had user research documents, now i am adding my user research document to it. At every usability session more and more documents been created. How i ensure ...
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Text link distinction

I am working on on a site which uses a hover state on a link within copy (a window pops up, much like a tool tip) as well as a standard link (which takes the visitor to another page). The distinction ...
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Does the file input type provide a reasonable call to action?

I have a use case where a user wants to convert a text file, from one format to another. This may however not always be the same user, effectively anyone could be left instructions telling them. ...
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How do I direct user's attention to navigation in sidebar?

My client publishes 7 industry directories. The website has pages that are common to all of them such as the product page which explains the different formats. It then has a section for each industry. ...
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What are the main contributions of Apple Inc. in the advancement of user interfaces in the last 10 years? [closed]

I often hear people saying "apple has pushed forward the development of usable interfaces", "apple products are examples for great usability" and so on. My question is: is this a proven fact? And if ...
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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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Does a self-learning UI make sense?

Let's say we have an application with 50 functions. Six of them are directly accessible as top menu items, the rest is accessible via sub-menus or sub-menus of sub-menus. While working with the ...
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Permissions and Roles

I'm attempting to implement an interface for managing user roles. Each role can be allowed access to specific modules. Within those modules the user is also allowed access to specific activities. ...
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Having Vertically Long display of Posts are good or not?

I have a fashion website deemasfashion.com, and the main webpage has a very long vertical display of content. My target market is Pakistani / Indians living outside of Pakistan or India. My products ...
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Better way to provide software downloads for an exe application

We plan to release an .exe file to public. The options would be to download the .exe file from the websites direct server link, so that we can provide direct download support with respective to ...
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What is more accurate “Click in the checkbox” or “Click on the checkbox”

I have a checkbox on one of the pages i am designing. My original suggestion was to have this text "Click on the checkbox....". However the technical writer is saying it should be "Click in the ...
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Recommend an application that maps the menu architecture of a desktop/enterprise application

I want to map all the GUI menus in an application. For example, in Firefox: "New Tab > Open File > Open File dialog. Is there an application that can map this by analyzing the executable or code? Or ...
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iPhone App, using thumb to press buttons covers the value being changed

I have an app that displays two values (weight and # of reps) a user can change these values by pressing a - or + button on the left and right of the values. However when a right handed user reaches ...
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Using numerical scores for ratings?

We are trying to build the 'Yelp of Personal Finances' at SuperMoney. It's basically a community driven reviews site in the personal finance niche. One of the things we are doing differently is ...
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Professional Slides presentations. Light or dark background?

I must choose my company's default PowerPoint presentation template. Having in mind that this template should be versatile, and that people want to create presentations quickly, should I create a ...
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How to make mass mutation intuitive?

We are redesigning an existing application in which the user has a typical master-detail view with basic CRUD operations for a certain entity type. (Actually, the majority of screens are of this ...
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Should a UI say “My Stuff”, or “Your Stuff”? [duplicate]

I've been getting some different opinions on this question, and wondered if anyone has a well-motivated response. Basically, if I have a part of a website that's called "My something" or "Your ...
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Domain Specific Language for Stock/Inventory Management [closed]

I'm looking at implimenting a DSL, for managing inventory/orders. In this case it is for a game (Minecraft, with computercraft + Applied Energistics), however it could as reasonably be a real world ...
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Where can I find broad White Papers on Usability Experiments [closed]

For example studies on what makes for the most effective shopping cart, how people prefer to view photos in their browsers and on their phone, what people appreciate in a search engine, whether left ...
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Dashboards: What's more important, upper right part of the screen or the lower left?

Sort of new to UI design. From intuition it seems that the top-left corner is the "most important" or easiest seen part of the screen and the lower-right is the "least important" or last seen part of ...
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How can you measure the impact of a redesign on usage time before implementing it?

What are some methods (other than task based usability testing) to identify the impact of an interface redesign on users? Specifically, if an interface used by the same user base is redesigned, how ...
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Should I pursue career in UX design if I'm not very passionate about development and visual design?

I am very interested in Usability research and testing, but I don't share the developers' and designers' passion for the actual design and product creation. Does it mean that I shouldn't be doing UX ...
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Displaying million records in Master Detail Grid (Million in both master detail)

I am facing a design and UX issue while creating a master detail grid in which both master and detail can have over a million rows. The simplest solution would be to enable paging (click) in both ...
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Selected group item - How should collapsed group indicate selection?

Requirements: . selectable groups and items . click on the arrow expand and collapse groups . click on row selects the item or group . click on group row select all items within download ...
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How to simplify this content upload form? [closed]

There are several options, all of which are necessary, but it's very intimidating and kinda unwieldy -- especially for nontechnical users. A similar form is used to type in plain text.
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How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?

I'm developing a distributed project management tool with a command line interface. I have two commands relating to initially copying a project to/from a hub. The export command looks like this: prog ...
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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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What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?

What is the best and most usable format to capture address information from a universal user base? I was thinking to have the system detect the country by IP address and have that selected by default, ...
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Flipping cards, good or bad idea?

I want to implement flipping cards on my website because they look awesome and they allow the user to see more information on hover. However I started to think it was a bad idea because instead of ...
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How to evaluating the usability attributes?

Based on the application I'm working on, I had to choose 4 (learnability, comprehensibility, simplicity and user satisfaction) out of 9 attributes. These attributes are refined from standard ISO 9241, ...
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How to layout form navigation for best usability?

Is there any usability study about layout of form buttons? I have a simple registration process. The user is guided with several forms through the process. Each form has a <next> and a ...
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Best solution for recurrent tasks in a calendar

I am trying to design the user interface of a program that tracks recurrent activities and the daily progress. "Done-not done", like a daily to-do-list. What's the best experience for the user when ...
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Should a bug listing have a delete button?

I am working on a bug tracking sytem. Right now I am on the listing bugs page, where I have used a grid to list down few details of the bug, like created date, reported by, priority etc... I wanted ...
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Why are sinks always rounded?

I've noticed a trend recently that some sinks have a flat base, but they seem to be few and far between. Are there any reasons related to UX for why sinks have traditionally always been round?
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Mock-ups for each device, or just one global one?

I'm new in user experience design. Now I started working on my first app idea, it is really interesting. I want to make this application for 3 main platforms right now. If it gets positive responses, ...
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How should I update the UI after user role change

One of the guys that tested the ERP I'm developing has noticed the following: When a user role changes, this should be reflected immediatelly in the system. At this time the changes in user ...
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Modals on top of modals

Using bootstrap modals, I keep running into the issue of having an info modal with content inside of it, but there's a need to have a "confirm your decision" modal/popup on top of the initial modal. ...
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Upgrade experience for PaaS/ SaaS offers: should I care about seamless upgrades? [closed]

In traditional software development, if you were programming in a framework such as .NET 2.0 and a new framework was released, such as .NET 3.5, you'd go through a painful upgrade, where you'd have to ...
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Should your Help section have questions or topics?

Which is more user friendly? Organizing your Help section with popular phrased questions or topics? Clear topics are easier to scan whereas with popular phrased questions you have a chance to match ...
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Is it OK to automatically scroll website down

On the web page I have the list of countries (country selector). When the page is loaded user location is determined and the page is automatically scrolled down to the corresponding country. Example: ...
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Nested titles for grouping inline editable ordered lists

Overview The following image provides background information for this UX problem I've encountered: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The above image shows ...
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How shall I present high volume(messages/hour) messages?

I'm building a dashboard that allows people to view messages they received via SMS and that could easily be thousands of messages per hour for radio stations, for instance. Shall I use pagination( ...
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Scrolling user down to content after a slight delay?

I'm looking at a website which has large headings, pushing the main content down the page. After a slight delay, the content scrolls up the page. This scrolls the main navigation and page header off ...
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Is it ok to force uppercase for the first letters of names? [duplicate]

If a user enters their name with lowercase letters, should we respect that or force it uppercase? "john doe" displayed as "John Doe". There is a contingent in our group that thinks it would be ...
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Up & down arrows vs Drag & drop for reordering elements

Something I often argue with a lot of dev & ux guys, I think for simplicity of use, arrows will always be easier than using a drag & drop action, Seeing normal people use drag & drop is ...
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Handedness in touch or tablet software UI design

I read a previous post on discussions about designing UI for left or right hand users, but I thought they left out an important discussion when it comes to touch and tablet devices. For example, I ...
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Best way to display continents and countries lists on a web page

A world map and two lists displayed on a web page are connected. Hover over "Romania" link and the Romania region highlights on the world map (jVectorMap fiddle example). As you can imagine, the two ...
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Usability studies on navigation of mobile websites

I recently experienced serious usability with a website I have done using twitter bootstrap. When accessing the website on a phone, specially older users did not recognize the 3 horizontal lines ...
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Certified Usability Professional? [closed]

I've searched the web for a Usability certification, which is widely accepted by practitioners, employers and customers without any luck. Either they are company specific, or a part of a association ...