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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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 ...
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How to resolve a multilevel sidebar menu where parent sections must show children AND link somewhere

Note: When reading this keep in mind we may have more of an information architecture problem than a menu usability one. Suppose we have this menu: Item 1 ............ Should link to ...
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When I change the name of one page, should all child's of that page, have the url rewritten?

This question is actually three questions, but since they are all related to each other, they should stay in the same question. First, should I allow a user to change the url of a already created ...
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Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
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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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How can we communicate that UX work can't be done by just anyone?

About 2 years ago, I asked about a good usability/UX elevator pitch, so I can quickly explain what UX is whenever I need. But, to this date, I still can't get over one little issue: lots of people ...
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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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Usability - Testing Windows applications under different settings

I'm testing a Windows application for usability. While I thought the application looked pretty usable at first, I tried the application using the "Large text" setting in Windows 7 and realised that ...
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Making a legend Interactive?

I am working on an interactive map which displays various pieces of geographic information about a person - places worked, education, holidays taken, home addresses etc.. All in all there are 9 ...
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Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
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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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How much text markup is good, before it becomes bad?

In 1997 Jakob Nielsen told us about how users read on the web. (Actually in a typically headline grabbing way, he says they don't and then tells us how they do!) Nielsen is a big proponent of using ...
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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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Is UX the same as Usability?

The two terms have seemingly become synonymous, but is "user experience" really the same thing as "usability?" It would seem that some sites, apps or products provide the user with an experience ...
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Can ugly be good UX?

It's heresy I know, but look at DrudgeReport.com. It's raw, hand written HTML, it's plain, boring typography, it's something any UX or Graphic designer would scoff at if you handed it across their ...
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Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
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Replace radio-input with “buttons”? (web forms)

Is it good (or okay) UX to replace radio input fields with something that looks kinda different (please look at the image to see what I mean). I think most people will understand that they have to ...
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In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
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When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
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Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
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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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Ideas and/or research results on the best way to present a lengthy list of chapters

I'm looking for the best way to present a list of chapters on an iPhone. My first stab was to create a vertically scrolling table with a row for each chapter. For example, when showing the chapters of ...
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What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?

On a page that lists products, we would like to give the user the option to sort the products by price. The problem is some products do not have their price displayed and are "request a price." What ...
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What is a Modal Dialog Window?

What exactly is a modal dialog window and when should you use it? Are there certain cases where you should refrain from using one?
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Password and in place editing

I decided to support in place editing for a simple user table. I am not sure what i should do about password... When i create a new user i can have a textbox to type... When viewing i can hide then ...
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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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Which icon in a native iPhone app's footer menu bar resembles 'sign-in'? [closed]

I'm looking for an icon that will live in an iPhone's footer menu bar that resembled 'sign-in'.
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Decreasing the display size of posts on the home page, depending on the amount of content

I am developing a RSS news feeder. I want to keep it minimal and just to the point, that is the posts. Some bloggers that post news mainly, sometimes they just write content like "You have to look at ...
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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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3-level tab design alternatives

I have this new requirement for an application UI design. There is one instance of the app wherein the user needs to input a lot of info, the recommended wireframe was to put a 3 level tab design ...
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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 easy should I make it to delete content?

We want to make it easy for people to perform task in an application, but we also want to prevent them from accidentally deleting something. Where is the middle ground between these two opposing ...
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Is it good practice to only accept numeric keystrokes in number-only fields?

I have a form that only takes in numbers as it represents a dollar amount. Currently, the form only accepts numerical keystrokes. Is this good practise?
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The most complex touch application?

Nowadays, there seems to be a limit to how complex you can make an application solely for touch, the controls needs a lot more space plus removal of "unecessary" tools is so much more taken into ...
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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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Content first or Design first?

When designing a layout, should we consider content first or design first? I make websites and 99% of the time my client wants the design before they start thinking about the content. In these cases, ...
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Where we should keep primary navigation in a mobile website, especially on the Homepage?

1) Vertically On home page with logo and footer and then at bottom of each page see on iphone http://j.mp/qpbN1A 2) Or horizontally like desktop websites see on iphone http://stackoverflow.com ...
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Studies showing significant usability differences between Windows and Mac OS X?

Everybody has their pet gripes about one or the other, but I'm curious if there is any actual science showing that "The Windows Way" or "The Mac Way" is significantly better for some task. Just to be ...
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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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Displaying information in a dashboard: Advice or references

I have to design a dashboard for managers who need to report to their managers on their areas of responsibility. In the past I have just put counts and line charts over time of what they are ...