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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Is a private messaging system really necessary?

I have a very old private messaging system that either needs to be redone or removed. It currently accounts for about 20% of the activity on the site. We already have a system in place for ...
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What might be the most intuitive positioning for a “Hide Page” CTA?

Admittedly this is a rare scenario, but there are some instances where providing the user with a quick method for hiding a page or navigating elsewhere is needed. The typical scenario being a ...
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A Linux OS as Single Display Groupware [closed]

I was told on the Linux stack exchange that this was a better place to post this question. http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/59199/a-linux-os-as-single-display-groupware For use in extreme ...
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Should user be notified about technically unavailable features?

I'm going to implement a non-essential feature on a website. This feature will not be available for all browsers and, therefore, all users. Should I just hide the button that activates it? Or should ...
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Does it make sense to place 4 “Apply” buttons on a form?

I am design a "Setting" form for a Windows application (Winforms). I'm doubting if I should place an "Apply" button 4 times on the same form. On the first hand, each button refers to a separate ...
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How to add a details link on a table when each cell is already a link?

I have a table on which each cell is already a link to a different section (eg. the row contains 'Name', 'Location' and 'Type' columns and clicking the name cell takes you to the Show action of that ...
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Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
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Studies showing the impact of response time variability on user experience

Have there been any studies, or results, focusing on the impact of variability in latency of response times on the overall user experience? I'm aware of the research on the "generally accepted" ...
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How useful is this coffee cup “hot contents” warning?

I came across this on Dan Pink's blog. This caption on a coffee cup is supposed to serve as a warning sign to caution people that the coffee is hot and care must be taken to avoid burns. The ...
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Idea for improved usability for HTML form checkboxes and radio buttons [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should the cursor change to pointer over radio buttons, checkboxes, their labels and selects? My problem is that the little checkbox and radio buttons for form controls ...
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Alternatives to failing a form to ask for additional input

I have a simple form that asks the user to enter details about an airplane he or she has flown: The form asks for the model of the aircraft (172, 182), it's registration (N-261GY) and its home ...
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Opens in a new window icon placement

When using an icon to represent a link I believe the standard convention is [icon] [Link]. A colleague has raised the point that for links that open in a new window, the icon should appear after the ...
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Search solution for user who does not know Regex

I have list(few million rows) of data all of type string. I need to provide search for that list, but my users don't want to use regex(they don't know how to write regex). Can some tell me few options ...
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A complex form within constrained space

We have a modal in our app where people can search for products within various user flows (in this instance it's for connect products in your inventory to your Amazon listings, so you can keep orders ...
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Is voice over to re-enforce text a good idea?

We have an e-learning module that has some nice video animations and graphics, but also some text. It was been suggested that to "jazz" up the module, a voice over be used on the text pages to keep ...
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How to handle history events from scolling and other in-page events

On a website that has several sections and subsections on one page, I was thinking about implementing scrolling to a new section as a new browser history event. The main reasoning for doing so is to ...
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To preselect or not preselect checkboxes

Lets say you want to customize and buy a new car online. You get to choose from a list of options for the interior. (Radio, Nav System, Leather or Cloth seats, powered windows, doors, locks, etc..) ...
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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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How to group together blog posts/articles?

What should be the general criteria to group together blog posts/articles..?? I have just two ideas in my mind: One - To group by date of publishing.. Two - To group by category.. On what type of ...
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How usable are digital whiteboards?

I am building a whiteboard that records what is written to it and that is connected to the internet. One of my primary focus is usability. The whiteboard is not like standard digital whiteboards. It ...
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What's the most beautiful navigation experience you've seen in an app in the last year? [closed]

I've noticed that all apps are becoming the same. Top and bottom navigation bars, and everything where you expect it to be. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but has anyone seen anything thing ...
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UI suggestions for setting up prize distribution per location and child locations

I am creating a UI that has to deal with the distribution of prizes. The prizes can be distributed as follows: A total number of prizes per location I have 10 prizes that can be claimed in total. So ...
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Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst?

Which one you think is better approach for viewing notification - facebook or quora/forrst (where you need to hitting the clear notification button) and why? For reading notification in fb, you just ...
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Name and Company - One field or Two?

I am laying out a form on a website with the typical name & address fields. While I've done this a number of times, I have began to try and trim fields from my forms that will be on smaller ...
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Presenting Hierarchical Options

I'm wondering what is considered "best practice" for displaying hierarchical lists that allow selection in a web app. In this case, we're presenting users with the option to select n counties per ...
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How can I test a web site about accessibility and usability? [closed]

I'm blind and I should do some tests about accessibility and usability on different web sites so, how can I do the tests correctly?
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Contrast on footer and other elements

Is it of good UX practice to reduce the contrast of the footer and some other elements on newsletters and websites? In this first example, the contrast of the footer in a newsletter is reduced, I ...
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How to show comment at top level, without using a popup?

If user clicks on add comment, what are other options to show 'comment area' (no popup).
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Conditioning users

Playing around with my heat in my new vw gti ;), I noticed when you press the heated seats button once, it's starts you off with maximum greatness (3 / 3) press it again it goes down ( 2 / 3) (1 / 3) ...
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Should User Experience Designers / Architects be responsible for the CMS requirements of a website rebuild?

The requirements for the CMS needed to power a new website are often treated as technical requirements, and are therefore considered the province of developers or solutions architects. On the other ...
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How to archive paper prototypes and physical objects from design process?

I have looked around UXSE for questions on this and haven't found anything yet. I am looking for solutions to managing paper prototypes and sketches and other physical objects created during a design ...
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How to convey a true/false value to a user?

I'm developing an application where users will be allowed to create custom fields that are part of a record, in addition to the fields that are provided by default. Users will be able to choose names ...
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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 reliability as an important component of a user experience?

I'm asking that because, in my own experience, I sometimes have to use less usable or less featured competitors just because of a poor reliability of the tool of my choice. It makes me think that ...
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A single, long load - or multiple short loads, which would provide a better experience?

I have a very large, modular web application. When it starts I can do things one of three ways: A moderately long load time (about 60 seconds) to fetch all of the modules from the server (presented ...
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Common screen resolution? (In a business environment)

Inspired by "Common screen resolution?" and a debate at work where I defended the teachings of this site... In the debate we argued about how the business environment differ from home environment in ...
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Is there a good reason to have HTML and PDF version of TOS?

We have our Terms of service available as HTML and PDF. Is there a good reason to keep providing PDF version? It's extra work: Several languages Privacy policy / tos Room for mistakes between html ...
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What are the advantages of existing real world patterns in Information Architecture

When explaining real data structures to users, companies often use a parallel to the real world to help explain it. An example is the newsstand on an iPhone. When is it a good idea to do something ...
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Introducing usability into a large Government organisation

I'm hoping you can help me. I've been allocated the role within my organisation to look at how we can improve the usability of our systems. I'm not from a UX background at all so this is proving quire ...
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Side Navigation Highlighting Current Page Link Items

I've been working on a side navigation reconstruction project that is now entering the design phase. Through research i've noticed many sites using different colored text to highlight/bookmark user ...
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Is there research into how the UI of content input (email, tweets etc) affects the actual content created and how can you improve it?

On the project I'm working on (Q&A platform), we're trying to get users to spend more time on their answers. We want to encourage longer form helpful replies, rather then spur of the moment short ...
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Have controls fade out on scroll?

Background In our application we have a list view of contacts. In addition to the list there is a filter panel at the top of the list which provides contact type filtering through a segment control: ...
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Is there any vaild free or paid tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of products? [closed]

A university professor is seeking a tool that help measuring the effectiveness and usability of a certain product, mostly this product is targeting students and academical fields.
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Dice and Domino Dot Convention

I noticed dice and dominos both use the same convention for dot placement. Is there a reason for this? Is there any research on how to layout dots so that they are most readable?
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Conveying that usability problems exist to developers, cheaply!

I'm a developer transitioning towards design/usability. I'm giving a talk to the devs at my workplace on design basics and guidelines with a little sneaky UX teaching on the side. My goal is to work ...
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How to use paper prototyping on an existing product

Paper prototyping is a very powerful tool early on in a new product build as it helps you to iron out ux and rapidly iterate. However if you're working on an existing product and want to test small ...
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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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Is a popover a good way to present short pieces of information on a website?

I'm currently designing a website on which I have to include the obligatory legalese. So: copyright info, privacy policy etc. There's not a whole lot of text though, at best two paragraphs of text for ...
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Usability testing and responsive web design

What are your take on usability testing and responsive web sites? The flow of page objects, hiding and showing different types of menus or the resizing of objects could have a big impact on ...
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Grouping menu items

I've got an issue, with a menu on my website. The menu has 15 items, which are not simply navigation, but contains links to tools, settings aswell as regular navigational links. The website is a ...