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 Facebook's Timeline layout usable? [closed]

I feel that the double-column is confusing, and the lack of a exhaustive time-sorted list of my actions somehow frustrating. I wonder if this is just a reaction to change and a smart idea or just bad ...
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Why do Video Players Use the Space Bar to Pause?

Is there any good reason when creating an online video player to use the space bar as a pause control only when the user is fullscreen? I notice quite a few big video sites follow the space used as ...
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Testing with current clients

I'm working on improving a product that rarely gets new customers (since it targets a very small specialized niche), and I'm not sure how usability testing would work here. I assume that current ...
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Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?

I am a firm believer sites should work perfectly fine for people who choose to disable Javascript while browsing any and all of the content. However, when it comes to higher-level interaction (such ...
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Awesome sources to see great UIs and usability [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Must-read User Interface Book? As an outsider (aka. not a designer) and due to the lack of time to innovate, I want to create great UIs and great usability by example, ...
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Order of items in a list, like the Stack Exchange “all sites” list

I've asked this question at Meta Programmers regarding the order that sites are listed in the StackExchange -> All sites menu on all the SE sites, and the answer confused me... Press Stack Exchange ...
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Is ReCaptcha a poor anti-spam mechanism?

As everyone knows, any website that allows users to submit content to be posted without moderation are subject to all kinds of spam. One of the most popular methods of combatting this is using ...
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Identifying multiple sort criteria

I have a table view with some data and I'm allowing users to sort on multiple columns. I wonder what are the options for indicating sorting precedence? The obvious is to display a number right ...
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From the usability point of view are text links in italics a good or a bad idea?

A colleague of mine (web designer) would like to style the titles of content in italics for aesthetic reasons. The problem is those titles are also text links to the related full content view. When ...
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What is the most user-friendly way of displaying data?

I am working on a Password Manages program which allow to add and remove entries from database file. The problem is that my display as showing below. I get impression that if a new user to a program ...
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Usability vs. Security [closed]

This question has started to preoccupy since read Stevey's Google Platforms Rant by Steve Yegge. (The original post was removed.) Among many other things he asserts that usability is more important ...
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Date of birth input… best approach? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time? Whats the best way to display DOB form fields? Entering your date of birth into a form should be straight ...
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Delete action on a user management system

I'm working on User Management System in ASP.NET MVC3. Administrator/Editor can search, insert, update and delete other users from the system. What should I do when admin/editor clicks on Delete user ...
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Efficient insert/update in web applications

What are some efficient ways to insert/change some amount of data in a web application for users that are used to do it in Excel sheets? (the most efficient could be kind of subjective, and I would ...
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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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Presenting flow charts diagrams in a mobile app

I am working on an app which junior doctors will use for clinical pathways, these clinical pathways are currently presented as flow chart diagrams which I'm not too keen on. I think there's a better ...
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Rating Slider: Design choice for the un-selected state

I have 4 point rating slider question in my survey form. The survey can have multiple questions with sliders. The current design uses different color on the selector handle(circle) to distinguish ...
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Name for specific search form type for automobile sites

I'm doing a research on web search usability and interface design for search. I already have a website to exemplify, which is a sort of search engine for cars. The search form is important in the ...
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My boss has a different idea of a website's UX

Let me explain the situation. I started transforming an "old (.Net 2.0)" Application into a webapplication. Problem here is, that no-one here is really acquainted with the UX of a website (simple, ...
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usability training sessions

I have been asked to run a 0.5 day training course into 'usability' for a client and I am trying to distil all my years of experience into something non-rambling and simple; something that captures ...
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How to manage actions that could be nested 3 or 4 levels deep?

I have a site that has a main menu that is tabbed, and a sub-menu that always displays actions for the current selected tab. For more areas on the site, this works perfectly, but one of the tabs is ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, to ...
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On SUS Usability Questions, the first one “I think that I would like to use this website frequently” does not make sense

On SUS - the question "I think that I would like to use this system frequently" does not make sense for sites which are used infrequently, for example a mortgage payment site. How does this question ...
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Best way of handling a special requirement in shopping cart

I'm mocking up a shopping cart for a hair salon. It's going to end up on their Facebook fan page so I'm restricted to Facebook's tab size of 520px. Because of this I've decided to use an accordion ...
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Does it matter if Pagination controls are Left, Centered, or Right-Justified?

Should Pagination Be Left, Centered, or Right-Justified? Does it matter? Any usability studies? We are redesigning our pagination to be more usable. In the process a question came up of where to ...
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Optional Comments on Saving

Maybe I'm crazy, but every UI mockup I seem to get passed to me, I end up ripping apart. And in the end, my suggestions are often shot down. We end up creating UI's with what I consider to be a ...
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What examples are there for grouping multiple site tools under one button or dropdown?

We're considering moving links to all our site tools under one button. Clicking the button would open a modal exposing links to these tools. The button would be in the header and be available on all ...
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email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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Easy way to let every-day users embed images, videos, audio files, etc. inside text?

I need to let users embed videos, images, audio files, etc. inside text. For right now, these videos will come from urls, but they might one day point to videos/images/audio files stored on the server ...
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Emails in plain text or HTML?

When communicating with customers, is it better to send emails in plain text or html formats? Each has different strengths and weaknesses, but the question of which is better still remains. Which ...
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Best way to handle mobile website terms and conditions?

A form I am optimising for mobile has specific references to terms and conditions in numerous times (not just at the end usual checkbox, for example "We need this detail to sometimes contact you, read ...
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What is a good approach to reordering table rows from a usability standpoint? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Most intuitive way to offer manual sorting? I have a web application that uses many table rows. Each row typically has an ordering field, and the client just put a ...
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Why at some web are pages always from 1,2,3 … for newest messages?

When I visit some pages, they have newest items first; page 1 has always the newest items. Some examples are imdb boards and icanhascheezburger. I think this is case of top posting, because messages ...
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Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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Forgotten Passwords - is there a real benefit to asking for memorable password hints on signup?

On several signup forms I see fields such as "Choose your Memorable Password Question". Is this actually benifical nowadays? Surely a more secure method if someone forgets their password is to build a ...
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Should a file location field be provided up-front as part of a file upload feature?

Where there is the option to upload a single file to a website, what is the most intuitive method of doing this? There seem to be two obvious options: Give the user the location field and ...
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jQuery AutoSuggest or Dropdown for Data Input

We are working on an improvement to a project that requires users to enter their state, city, and street to get a result back based off what they entered. The current model asks users to freeform type ...
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Date input on mobile devices

I am designing a web form optimised for touchscreen mobile browsers, one of those fields is a date of birth entry. On the web form it is currently split into 3 select boxes (one for day, month and ...
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What term should I use for removing characters from user input (Bank ATM consoles)?

We are developing the UI for a banking ATM console where many of our customers are not aware of computers common GUI terminology. So what term should I use for removing entered characters if someone ...
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Sign up Process on Mobile

We are doing a Mobile App only sign up as we are not launching the web application immediately. We need to capture as much information of the user to give them a personalized service We had planned ...
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Responsive web design Vs Separate website for Mobile

Responsive Web design is buzzword these days. which means to create a same website and optimized for all devices. There are also some website which convert the desktop websites into Mobile website ...
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What are best icons to identify/distinguish TCP and UDP connections [closed]

I have a desktop application that serves as a smart, software-based router. Each of multiple nodes in the GUI can be either a UDP or TCP connection. We have the following status icons for the node: ...
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Why doesn't YouTube append the video title to the video URL?

How come YouTube doesn't append the video title to the video URL? I know they are owned by Google so good SEO isn't exactly necessary, but from a user experience stand point it makes much more sense. ...
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Guiding user on two separate choices that begin with the same first step

I am working on building a site which has two steps as the basis for the main functionality of the site: Asking a question Creating a new page Before they can ask a question or create a new page ...
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Enabling spell check in the UI

We are building an application which will contain spell checking features for areas where users will enter input. We have already implemented the feature for our rich text editors, whereby spell ...
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Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
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“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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How to simplify a long form

We are designing a web app for tour operators and the initial data looks like the attachment, any ideas to simplify. some of the fields will be calculated those will be removed, and some unneeded ...
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Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
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Balancing Information: Number of elements

I'm currently working on a redesign of our company support page. The focus is to move towards a search orientated experience, but there's been some debate about which elements to keep there and which ...