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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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 ...
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Key usability features to pull out from software use?

We are developing this software and I have a hunch that creating a framework such as Google Analytics for our window based java application would be a good idea. However I'd like to know which ...
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Will users understand this digital spinner without shading affordances?

I am using Mobiscroll jQuery plugin for a web page I am designing. However it does not blend nicely with the template I use so I had to make some major changes to it. I have removed any background ...
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How can I make the purpose of a complex user interface element more obvious?

I am the author of SQL Fiddle, an online environment for testing and sharing database problems. The target audience for my site is for pretty technically-sophisticated users (database programmers, ...
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How to encourage users to create more content?

Imagine a web service where users post notes grouped by tags. Notes are public and the tags are essential, because other users will see notes based on its tags (they can 'follow'). I want users to ...
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Is a usability study on just a newsletter effective?

I'm doing a usability study in our lab next month to test a newsletter for a client. It will be my first test with only an email (instead of a website). I'll only have 3/4 tasks (open email, choose ...
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How to Find the Best Icon to Represent a Concept?

I am developing a visual programming language, and after reading this paper it looks as if icons are a very good solution to improve the language and increase understanding. But since I am a ...
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What is the best model for editing and viewing data that is summarized in a table?

I am designing a web application that has several tables displaying many rows of user entered objects. My users are fairly technically savvy. I’d like to bring the user to a place where they can view ...
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Why doesn't the Mac OSX finder have a Cut option? [closed]

I observed that MacOSX finder does not have a Cut option (or shortcut Command+X) to move the contents. Is there a reason for removing this option? Does it improve usability in any way?
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Is it necessary to tell users that Usability was improved?

I'm about to release a polished version of a multiple-window gui-application I wrote years ago. I improved usability a lot (it was BAD!), with which i mean stuff like: fixing tiny errors in ...
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How can I incorporate IAB advertising banner standards in a 960 grid layout?

When I try to prototype a website thinking in the IAB display advertising guidelines using a grid system (960gs - 10-60-10) the only banner that fits in a 3 column space it's the half banner (300x250) ...
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Software product page that references multiple download locations consolidate into one button or provide separate buttons

With Software needing to be made available in many kinds of stores or download locations. When developing a product page, which offers a better user experience for obtaining the software product: 1. ...
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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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Can a page rating with feedback be more effective than a longer usability survey for identifying problem areas?

Our government website has thousands of informational pages, many online self-service task flows and 20+ content editors / stakeholder groups. In the past, periodic usability surveys have been ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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changing text on user mouseover

Is it recommended to have a text change on a mouseover action? For example: Title: Coupons Mouseover title: Manage your Coupons. I am thinking it should be enough to have only an underline effect ...
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A method to display error validation in forms with severe space constraints

I am familiar with common form error validation techniques. However I would like to find a nice way to handle error messages in an interface with little room to spare. I'd like to show: Flag the ...
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What are some best practices for displaying lists of items having many attributes, but no natural identifier?

I have a database of full of items with nondescript names like "X0001", "X0002", etc. where each item has ~30 features which are usually strings of ~10 characters, but could be ranges or 50 ...
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Is it a good idea to allow drag and drop items to be dragged from a slide-in menu?

We're developing a dashboard, and now we have a fullscreen dashboard that includes a sliding menu (which is invisible from start) with chart types to drag and drop onto the dashboard. When user ...
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The order of two tables presented side by side

In my desktop application, there are two tables presented to the user side by side. Each table displays a list of people. One table displays all the people already assigned to a role (let's call it ...
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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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What is the best way to ask for a specific amount?

Consider the following simple scenario: User has 2,352 cookies in his account. Now, he is prompted with a message, "How many cookies would you like to eat?" Given he can enter any number from 1 to ...
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What's the best solution to show the average results of a review?

I have a reviewing system that I've designed which uses three possibilities to review (using emotional icons) Works really nice, but I have also to publish the average of the reviews. I was ...
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How do left-handed people hold smartphones?

Is it with their left hand, using its thumb to tap UI elements? Or do they use their right hand like right-handed people? Is there any research into this matter with published numbers?
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Nielsen's Model of Usability vs Eason's Model of Usability: Which is more relevant and the most widely used? [closed]

I'm working for my final project. In the analysis, i have to choose one model to be used as a reference implementation. So, which is more relevant to be implemented, Nielsen's Model of Usability or ...
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Is there any difference in element minimal sizes on 10 and 24 inch touch screens?

I am developing an application which is supposed to be used on a 24" touch monitor. There are lots of guides on physical sizes of a touch screen UI elements. All of them are saying that every ...
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Usability of linking to target ID on page refresh

One of our partners is building an application I designed and tested in Axure. I had inferred some AJAX interactions with changing and adding some content to a page, but the developers have built this ...
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What is best practice for UX surveys of a mobile application?

I developed an Android application and I want to make a survey/questionaire about the usability, user interface, user experience etc. of my application to get some feedback from users. But I don't ...