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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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 ...
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12 hr vs 24 hr time

In developing a website for a USA audience, I'm led to believe that the 12 hr clock, with AM/PM indicators will be preferable over 24 hrs according to this Wikipedia article: ...
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Looking for any studies OR anecdotal stories on the usability of lightweight markup languages (like Markdown, MediaWiki or BBCode) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users? I need to create a simple markup language (none of the ones out there quite fit the bill). However, I'd really like ...
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How should I introduce participants to a usability test?

I've been conducting usability tests for a few years now for a variety of products and interfaces. These have been in-person and remote, high-fidelity and low-fidelity, structured and unstructured. ...
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Form usability / best practice for field label positioning [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field? Is putting text field instructions inside the text box rather than having a field label a ...
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Animation and motion on the web = bad [closed]

I read in Designing Visual Interfaces by Kevin Mullet that 3D buttons afford the possibility of being clicked or pressed by the user. After being mindful of this for some time, I noticed that I feel ...
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Why left-align a website?

Looking around the web, I've noticed quite a few sites (mainly sites that haven't had a major facelift for a couple of years) that have the entire site sitting to the left of the page. Examples: ...
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Threaded messaging, simplicity

I am building a many to many messaging system, which means that one user can send a message to 35 other users, and any one of these users can reply, to this message, which then again everyone else can ...
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Dropdown vs map

Is it a good idea to use map for selecting travel destination? At the moment we are using dropdown menu to select the country the user would like to visit. We are also using dropdown for duration and ...
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Expert consultation request: Best solution for multiple choice and pricing of large number of products / services

I am looking for a solution for multiple choice and pricing of a large number of products or services. Available studies are related, in my opinion, to small amount of items, hence I am asking for ...
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link color contrast with non-link text

I have read a lot about color contrast with regard to the text and background color (snook's tool), however is there a similar tool for validating the contrast of linked and non-linked text? There is ...
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designing for 45+ years old users

What are the things I need to consider when I design for the users that are 45-70 old? I know a little about vision, hearing and dexterity problems, but what are other problems that some of you ...
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What's the best way to show efficacy/difficulty of a certain solution in guidelines?

Background: I'm in the process of writing guidelines for use within the company. These guidelines list all sorts of possible solutions to a given problem, and each of them are rated according either ...
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drop down navigation for web/mobile

I'm in the process of a website redesign and I'm not really sure what to do with the navigation. The goals of the redesign are to simplify the site and make it more mobile friendly. The existing site ...
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Which one has more career opportunities: web usability or web accessibility?

I'm wondering which one will be more valuable and have more career opportunities. Web usability or web accessibility. Please show statistics or any valid information if possible.
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Can we just use tooltip on some rather than on all controls?

I do like to place tooltips whenever I feel that the user could benefit from them. I tend not to place tooltips on controls when I think it's pretty obvious what their effects are. However, on some ...
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Research on Walk-up-and-use systems

I am interested in research on Walk-up-and-use systems. From what I found so far, Walk-up-and-use systems are described as "system that requires no explicit user training" (hci-hub, FH ...
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UI State Management in a multi-form grid with many elements

Details: The application is a form based application. The form elements are arranged in Grids. Each of the Grids encapsulate related set of fields. Now the question is related to cancel buttons. ...
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Absolute vs. Relative mapping interface

What are the UX considerations/recommendations for using absolute vs. relative mapping when using a setup like: Wacom tablet & computer Touchpad & computer Tablet (iPad etc) and computer ...
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Usage of Popups

I am primarily a developer tasked with UI design.Please forgive my ignorance. I am developing a Form based application. There are multiple editable fields in the Form and each of these form elements ...
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How should I divide my site between B2B and B2C?

I've spent about 3 years trying to answer this question myself, so I thought I'd give you guys a go. Here's the situation: My company provides training services. You can either (i) book a course ...
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Are “beginner/advanced/expert grades user interface” within the same app common for modern iPhone/iPad apps?

One of my favorite PC games of all time is Birthright: The Gorgons alliance. It is a very deep and complicated game that had much more than many single player games at that time. For example, the ...
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Why doesn't Apple.com have a tagline/About Us section that communicates what they do?

Why doesn't Apple.com have a tagline/About Us section that communicates what they do? That's a big usability violation. The closest thing I've found to an "About Us" section is a "services" box in ...
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Pinterest: Can first time users understand “Repin” & “Like”? Why should'nt I simply “like” it as a behavioral attribute?

Similar to Twitter, where RT and Favorites are around - which in is an extension as in on Pinterest. But how often people to manage to understand stark differences on "Repin" and "Like" - If I repin ...
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How to create effective experiences/emotion to change punctured tyres for a car? [closed]

Keeping climate, location and gender into consideration, the mechanism of changing punctured tyres have not seen greater changes? Still it takes energy,effort and time, moreover awful experience ...
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Placement of edit link beside long title?

I'm working on an web application that is flow-chart like. Each page has a star to "bookmark" the page, a title and below it is the actual flow chart/shapes. The flow area takes up the remaining ...
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In what situations is a “barrier to entry” training requirement before use appropriate?

Sparked by this discussion. Is there ever an argument to be made that products should be deliberately made difficult to use as a barrier to entry for the use of that product? If so, in what sorts of ...
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Unread message count in the list of conversations

Is it a good idea (or how useful it is) to show a number of unread messages for each conversation when user enters page with the list of conversations? Would it be enough to just indicate that certain ...