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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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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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 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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How can we design for unsophisticated computer users?

There's a thread on redit about computer users doing things in very unproductive ways. The first example: My office mate is 62 and overdue to retire. If she has a website address, this is how ...
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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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Supporting older operating systems [closed]

How does the support of older operating systems on a new software release affect the user experience of a product? I'm working on a Mac OSX application. Should I support snow leopard? If I do ...
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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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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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How to protect a user from accidentally deleting/redacting when Undo isn't available yet?

The next release of our [edit: java] application will allow users to delete and redact text that they've selected, based on right clicking and choosing one of those options. Unfortunately, we haven't ...
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Icon/Symbol to Represent “Done”? [closed]

I have a quiz-based application where users can leaf between questions and select answers. When they're done, there's a "done" button they click. I don't really have polished graphics skills, so I ...
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Should we delay the website launch to work on improving user experience and accessibility?

Should we delay the Website launch to make it more and more better for User Experience and accessible, Is there any limit? I was making a website and i tried to make it as good as possible for better ...
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Ideas on displaying and editing 'Hours of Operation' for a service provider

OK--you've got a translator in Bolivia, and you need to know when she can provide her transportation services. And you need to store this in a system, for others to see and possibly edit. My ...
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What's the best terminology for switching from a mobile site to the “full” website?

I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any ...
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How to undo up-vote/down-vote [closed]

Undoing an up-vote / down-vote on the Stack Exchange sites is achieved by clicking the original button twice. Since the voting widget is a spinner, when I up-vote an answer, and later change my ...
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How should I design a small help system for a Windows application?

Context I've written a simple, business application which generates a report from information in a database. The only user input required are two file paths--one to a list of items to report on and ...
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How to show invalidation errors for fieldsets?

In our various application forms we test for valid entry and required entry, and if invalid/missing we redbox the field and drop a text note immediately under the field. No drama there. We do have ...
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Design pattern or best practices for top notification bars?

The top notification bar on SE pops up to show messages like 'badge x earned'. What are the best practices for this type of UI? Specific details: On showing - Displace content downward (like on SE) ...
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How can I convince my coworkers that there is a difference between usability and graphic design or QA testing?

This has started to drive me absolutely insane. They give the UI straight to the graphic designers right out of the gate, then hand it over to us developers to implement. The closest I can get to ...
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Toggling entry on selectable groups of entities

we have the following situation. We have 3D objects that can be selected in a main window. There's a menu "view" in the menubar, and the menubar has an entry "labels". The current situation is as ...
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Activation emails for accounts

I am designing an application where the user has to create an account to purchase a product. A standard thing to do when a user has to register an account (eg a forum) an activation email is sent to ...
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Does changing behaviour of a link depending on which mouse button is clicked affects usability?

I have a link in my webpage that opens up a dialog that contains some content. Besides showing the content in the dialog. I am also planning to allow that if the user wants to open this content in a ...
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Studies on where users look for help

I saw a study a while ago where someone had tracked where people look onscreen for various types of help - I seem to remember that, for example, they looked to the right of the question for help on a ...
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What color should the “Add new” button be?

I am uncertain if the "add new" button is a "positive" action and should be colored green. Or a neutral action and colored blue. What is the best practice for this?
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Setting a giant grid of numbers on a mobile touchscreen device?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to present 96 configurable percentage values to mobile users. These percentages represent percents of a max lift (weightlifting), and they can be broken down by ...
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Difference between android and ipad application

What are the key factors which makes an app more of android or iPad specific. Would like to hear about usability part of it also.
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If two ways of signing up are possible, should it be stressed that there are two atlernatives?

If you have two ways of creating an account, for example via facebook or by filling a form, should it be stressed that there are two options or not necessary? Here is an example form: Is it clear ...
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Best practices for website front page slideshow?

We are r&d on front page slideshow, if you look to the following slideshow there is next and previous and at right corner slideshow numbers, so some one place number on right corner while others ...
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When to use Pull Down to Refresh and when to use a Refresh Button?

I'm building an iPhone app but I'm torn which type of refresh UI to use. I understand that pull down to refresh makes sense when you have things being added to the top of a list like twitter feeds. A ...
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How exactly does good usability cut development time?

I've been reading Return on Investment for Usable UserInterface Design: Examples and Statistics; it quotes: "...usability techniques helped cut development time by 33-50%” (Bosert, 1991) ...
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Field Highlighting

How to represent a data that is good/acceptable, and data that is not acceptable? Currently I am using green for good data and red for bad data with bold font. Please suggest. Let me tell you the ...
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Methodology difference between UX and Usability

What methodologies do user experience professionals adopt that differentiate them from usability professionals.
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Task-based navigation: Find a document vs Search for a document

Our web application has a task-based secondary nav bar which, for the "Documents" primary nav item, offers... Documents Find a document | Add a document The "Find a document" item links to a page ...
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Disabling the browser's back button in multi-page forms

We're having this internal debate where some people think that the user shouldn't use the browser's "back" button when filling a multi-page form (for security reasons), and that the whoever hits the ...
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What should we ask from a Usability Trainer to identify if he is right for Training us?

This looks a bit odd but we have been identified to get training on Usability and we have to talk with some of the Usability trainers who could provide us training. On the basis of meeting up with ...
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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions

I have a .NET Winforms application that hosts controls to provide different areas of functionality. My normal method in providing a menu to switch between these controls has been a TreeView or a List ...
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Inline review and confirmation while you type

I love the way that as I am typing this question, I am seeing what I am typing appear below, and it makes errors much easier to spot. Can anyone enlighten me to the science or technique behind this - ...
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Recommended button sizes on web pages

What are the current usability guidelines for the size of buttons (or anything clickable) on web pages?