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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Tagging Projects on a Portfolio

I am wanting to organize my work on my portfolio with tags. I am wondering if I should have tags describe the type of work and systems used AND a description of what the project is. For example: A ...
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Should certain functions be “hard to find” for powerusers to discover?

This is more of a fundamental question about access to the "poweruser" features for an application. One side thinks that power features should be more or less, "tough to find" and leaves the curious ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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When to use different colors?

I'm designing an IDE. I'm creating an icon to represent a function (which has at least one output parameter) and a procedure (which has no output parameters). I'm undecided about using the same icon ...
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What should be ideal date on calendar icon?

I am designing a calendar icon for an app, I am putting a random date right now on it, what should be ideal date that I should put. Is there any usability research done on the same? I know the best ...
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Hover state for Step-based navigation

I'm stumped on figuring out what the proper hover state for a step-based navigation workflow should be. The navigation appears below. There are 3 states. Completed, Active, and Not-Yet-Completed. The ...
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Is using an entire banner as a link bad usability?

I am working on a eCommerce site which has a large hero banner space which scrolls through a number of 865 X 450 px banners. Each of these banners is linked to a specific offer in the site. When I ...
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing ...
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Reason why disabling options without explanation is bad?

It seems to be an obvious truth: the user, when presented with the inability to perform an option with no clear reason why, will become frustrated. But are there any usability guidelines which ...
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What does a folded corner mean to a user?

Lately I've noticed an increasing amount of folded corners as UI and/or decorative elements on several web pages. However, it seems most of the sites seem to differ in what they want to convey with ...
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How to show people where they are in a site structure on mobile devices

One of the oldest rules when it comes to navigation and page design is to make it clear where the users are on the site, where they have been and where they could go next. Usually this is solved by ...
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Should a duplicated record be added to the end or after the selected record?

I'm wondering what the preference (or what makes the most sense) is for duplicating a record in a list. I torn between copying the duplicated item right below the selected one or copying it to the ...
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Linking a Navigation menu item to external URL

3 of 7 links on my navigation menu are external links to others websites (same company but other services/not the same domain). Those websites are not the core of the business. Linking a navigation ...
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Displaying a list of items in a neat and readable way [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label? I often have to display 2 column lists like this - Name: Bob Age: 30 Shoes: ...
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How can I allow users to easily pair items from long lists?

I'm trying to create a friendly ui that will allow users with little or no computer experience to make pairs from two huge lists (around 2000 items each). Above each lists there will be a search field ...
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using iframe in modal window good or bad?

I am working on a flow that as part of it can ask the user to select an address but if the address is not in the system i am using a modal window to allow them add one so not to move them away from ...
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How can I measure why users never return to a web app?

I'm working on an application that's been in use for the past 3 years. It's a web-based product and we have been tracking its usage using Google analytics for the past 6 months (since the time I ...
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Best possible way to test a Web app or Website?

I am assigned to test a new web app that my company has to release in few weeks. Though through continuous testing and forking I indeed found some bugs. But I want to make my testing more foolproof. ...
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How to report outcomes of a background task to users?

I have an application that in essence takes files and imports them into a database. As these files can take a while to import, we have a queue of these tasks that get run one-by-one. As such, each ...
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Heuristic review [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: While establishing Heuristics for usability testing,do you advise using your own heuristics or pre defined ones I am working on a simple, yet comprehensive Heuristic ...
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Is swiping up/down better than swiping left/right for changing months on a calendar?

I have created a custom View to display a Calendar in Android. The display is always 1 month. I'm using a swipe to the sides to switch months. Now I have seen some other Apps (including the installed ...
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Are in-app tabs bad practice?

I have certain advanced use cases of a web-app that can be handled by allowing users to open details of items in new tabs (i.e. a single page app with an unlimited row of in-app tabs which imitate the ...
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Price ranges vs concrete price for 3rd party vendors

I'm building a website for a consulting firm that creates websites for its customers. In the website there is a small section that mentions a few hosting services as well as their prices (just for the ...
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Inventory management screen

Here IMAGE is the settings screen for my application.(desktop). This screen is for categories and product management for a pos system for cafe/bar. I am not a designer not a ux specialist. The gray ...
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What should the default selected action be for destructive actions in a dialog?

When a user is about to perform a destructive action that cannot be undone, what should the default selected option be on the confirmation/warning dialog box? In this example, the user is about to ...
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Action inside a table vs. Specific screen for the action?

So.. My webapp is targeted for Human Resources departament. The app has a screen that list Positions. Now I'll have two new requisites in the application which are: The user might be able to ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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What should be considered when launching a Wikipedia-esque site to make it as useful as possible?

What should one consider to increase usability in general when launching a wikipedia-esque site? Is there any specific kind of Wikipedia portal that is more user-friendly than others? How should ...
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Encryption of chat messages and possibility of password loss

I have a client-server chat like app. I would like to add an encryption of messages for users. So, that they will be sure that no one, even service owner, can read their confidential information. I'm ...
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Is there a UI precedent for changing permissions?

I want to keep the pages really clean, so I don't want a button for every feature ("Share this", "Upload", "Edit", etc... pretty soon the page will be covered in buttons). However, I can't think of a ...
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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it? [closed]

I see a lot of people taking this certification nowadays and I wonder if its actually worth it and how is it received by the industry and does it really help in bringing you up to speed with UX and ...
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Why does the iPhone calling screen have letters under the numbers?

The iPhone dialer has letters below the numbers. Why did Apple include them on this screen? In other phones it is used for T9 keyboard or contact search.
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Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc)

I am looking for inspiration on this. We have a Dot.Net web application, where we are building pretty complicated criteria. It works, but I would like to change this, re-shape this, possibly from the ...
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What are the “Big Three” Gestures in Mobile Development?

last week, our project manager mentioned that we needed to incorporate more of the "big 3" gestures in our mobile software. unfortunately, she's off on vacation now and none of us know what exactly ...
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Disabled UI during loading procedures - trend in mobile design?

I have noticed an on-going prevalence of disabled controls upon component load (clicking on a button to load data, only to find all controls are then disabled). As a usability enthusiast, flow has ...
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How should my homepage be placed? [closed]

I'm building a local business directory/things to do website homepage for my city. We try to solve the problem of "What should I do today?". This is the way I've came up with so far. (the bigger a ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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Scrollbars in right-to-left layout

I'm currently developing the Arabic version of an existing iOS app. iOS always displays scroll bars on the right. Should they be displayed on the left in RTL mode? With right-aligned content (images ...
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Pagination usability in eCommerce

I've started to read that pagination in eCommerce is bad practice because of the implications it has on SEO (seo source 1 and seo source 2) . However, I feel like every site out there users pagination ...
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Advantages of big forms (especially in ecommerce)

What are the advantages or disadvantages using big forms? (especially in ecommerce) I notice sites like Stack Exchange are using big form input fields with big bold labels inside of them ...
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Good way to allow user to change city

I'm creating a site kind of similar to Yelp.com, so I was wondering what the best way to show users which city they are in: The Yelp way: put two search boxes on the page, one for what your ...
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What is the UI/UX term for in-view content “jumping” up/down due to changes out of view?

E.g., when reading an article in a feed and an out-of-view div expands or collapses, moving the current article up or down Alternatively (if included in this definition), when entering text in a ...
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Will combining fixed and flexible layouts on the same page confuse people?

I've recently put a limit on the maximum width of my web app (similar to the Stack Exchange sites) to avoid looking ridiculous at very high resolutions and large monitors. Most pages are limited to ...
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Would it be better to show a calendar picker by default instead of an input field with pop-up date picker?

On a travel site which is for Desktop, iPhone, iPad too, would it be better for UX and Accessibility to show the calendar itself on page by default Like this Or the most popular way, a input box ...
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Should table rows be numbered?

I've created a a form that generate a list of results in a table. I'd to know if it's interesting to number each row of table, the default number of row is 20. there is a pagination too. 20 results ...
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Is task-based the same as user-centric?

Well, I think that the question is self-explanatory. In order to explain something to someone in the office I used task-based instead of user-centric and I was surprised. I'm usually complaining ...
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Should selections of 'other' always auto generate fields for the user to populate

As per conversations already on this site such as What's the best placement for an "Other" box I am guessing the answer to this might just be a quick 'Yes' but I figured I would ask! I ...
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Can the volume of content be an excuse/reason for multiples levels of content structure?

Taking for example http://www.hci.iastate.edu/Academics/msonline.php website. I'm still trying to figure out what are the fees for that course. However, the information is not easily available for the ...
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How long should I wait before a user is unable to change a page rating?

I'm currently building a page rating/feedback component. Some of the requirements I'm trying to figure out is how long should I wait before preventing a user from changing their mind/page rating? ...
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Alerts, notifications, (status) messages - looking for real practical examples [closed]

Are there somewhere real practical examples of texts for alerts, notifications and status messages? I thought of something like a library where you could search for an area and find ideas and ...