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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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 ...
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Usability Testing: Can we test a website 1 language (ex.: english) but get feedbacks and ask questions in another (ex.: spanish)?

Can we receive good feedback from bilingual people if we test a prototype in one language but do the usability study in another?
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Details and Pricing Change Based on Location

I'm working on a site for a home builder who operates a number of franchises throughout the U.S. Because of local zoning laws, etc., a single floor plan will have a different price and be built to ...
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Displaying millions of records usably [closed]

I'm playing with millions of records where I fetch 100 records per page with pagination and a search panel to help user if he wants some unique record. But the questions are: 1: Do I really need to ...
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Interface for linking multiple email addresses and addresses to an account

In a web application I am building, I need to allow users to link multiple email addresses and addresses to their account. The requirements are: Users can add and remove email addresses and ...
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Colliding icon meanings

In the interests of fitting in with design guidelines and not wanting to endlessly push icon pixels, I try and use Android's1 built-in icons as much as possible. Occasionally, that means combining ...
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Two actions in a single row : iPhone

I need some suggestions about a single row with multiple actions. I need to give two actions for single row, refer the attached image: Details Like History about access for the contact Is this ...
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A/B testing for mobile apps? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to A/B test a published IOS and Android app on actual users? Is there any proper way and tool to do A/B testing in mobile apps to find the users' engagement and pain ...
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Any data available on using Skeuomorphic Design in apps?

I've recently come across an article about Skeuomorphism that peaked my curiosity. Skeuomorphism: ..."an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned ...
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dynamic form design

I have a multistep form setup in my rails app.. In one of my steps the user can enter a friends name, birthday, gender, and the persons interests. They can enter as many friends as they like (each ...
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What technique(s) would you use to evaluate and [re]define fields in a lengthy and complex form?

We were commissioned the redesign of a web application for real estate agencies. During the first stage of our user research, which was a contextual inquiry, we found that the form fields (or data ...
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Readability issues and presentation of Price

I am trying to find some research or thoughts on any readability issues around displaying price. We are tossing up the idea around displaying the price with a small $ symbol and small cents. An ...
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What should be done when user leaves a web page either by clicking the browser back button, closes tab or F5?

I noticed in SharePoint 2010 publishing pages that the page content is being saved if user clicks the browser back button or closes browser tab without warning him if he needs to save content or not? ...
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hide vs disable and redistribute empty space

I have complex UI form dialog with ~12 tabs and want to decide what is best: enable/disable (gray out) fields - classic convention hide/show if not necessary - could be confusing + jumping GUI hide ...
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Where can I find existing System Usability Scale (SUS) results to compare against?

I'm looking for a resource of existing System Usability Scale (SUS) study results to compare against. I've read in a few papers/webpages that plenty of such data is available, unfortunately I can't ...
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Search based on multiple fields - usability

We have a search scenario where the user should be able to do a search based on four inputs, three being 'optional' text inputs and the fourth one being a select box We came with below three ...
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Descriptive text concerning availability of actions in current context, good or bad?

The image below shows the action panel of a table holding a range of items. Whether an action is available or not depends on the properties of the item(s) that are currently selected, E.g. if the user ...
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Indeterminate Progress Indicator Styles

When you have an operation that has too many factors to reliably give an estimate of actual progress towards task completion, you'll often find an indeterminate busy/progress indicator. Through the ...
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Android's Action Bar visiblity

I need advice regarding Android's action bar usage. Do you think an action bar should always: a) remain visible on all screens of an application (except when the user choose to view for example a ...
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Making space for the “drop cue” in a drag-n-drop design

I'm developing a drag-and-drop reordering interface for books on shelves. (You can try it live if you're on the latest WebKit.) When you drag a book over a shelf, it accommodates space for it by ...
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Usability Concerns with Parallax Scrolling

I work for an agency that is very parallax happy. Clients seem to love it, so we keep pushing it. My goal is to build solutions that end-users love, so I've been trying to push more user-centered ...
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Using tags for access control

We are building a web-based application which contains a bunch of images and documents, and there is a requirement to be able to restrict what images/documents a particular user can see. (It's your ...
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Web Usability versus Web User Experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is UX the same as Usability? What is the difference between web usability and Web user experience and their connection to each other
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Is there any research or data on horizontal vs. vertical navigational menus?

I've seen many sites using both horizontal (top) navigation, vertical (left) navigation, and both across web sites for a long time. My understanding is that they're both conventions, but I would ...