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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On news apps, how does using a different colour for each category help the user?

On news websites and news apps, a specific colour is often used for the link to each category (background colour or underline colour), and I would like to understand how this is helpful for the user, ...
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Has my comics website successfully left the 1990s? [closed]

So, a little while back I posted this question to try and help my website, http://HittingTreesWithSticks.com, out of the 1990s. How to not make my website have a "1990's" look So the ...
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Login/register: How to balance ease-of-use, number of clicks, and appearance?

I'm working on a new design for the log in or register page, and since we have some very unique constraints, this might be the first time I've done one of these pages that isn't reinventing the wheel. ...
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Playlists: horizontal or vertical?

Let's assume that playlists are groups of items that are selected for some reason (to be played, to be converted or to be used in any other operation). My question is: what is the best way (if there ...
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Print array index in plain text

I'm developing an engineering application which stores data in C arrays. When a user edits data representing one of the items of the array, I want to be able to show the item number they're editing. ...
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Favourite or Visible?

I am currently analysing the GUI of one application. It happens that the application has a list of locations that only displays favourite locations. When you create a location, the new location is ...
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Hide controls by default?

This question might be too general but its bugging me a lot. If you look at the screenshot below: Maybe J have been sending emails for too long, but I expected the 'CC' and 'BCC' fields to be ...
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Maximum usability for purely text-based menus?

I'm designing a 'retro-style' video game, in which the user has to navigate relatively complex (around six or seven options on the screen at a time) text-based menus very often (once every minute, ...
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Placement of delete button on form

I have a form which edits a flight, and it should be possible to delete them. I have considered putting a delete button in the index page, which lists all the flights, but the table rows are clickable ...
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Why are sinks always rounded?

I've noticed a trend recently that some sinks have a flat base, but they seem to be few and far between. Are there any reasons related to UX for why sinks have traditionally always been round?
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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. ...
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Link destinations

If the interface that I am working on has 3 lists: A) Top 10 performing companies B) 10 recent transactions across those 10 companies C) Top 10 performing promotions across those companies The ...
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Counting to Infinity - Are counters usable?

As the web gets older and bigger the numbers in a lot of counters will tend to increase more and more. I'm very curious about the implications in usability and user experience: Are these big numbers ...
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Tag cloud for web site actions - a no-no?

I am building a website, and my designer came up with the idea of using a (3d) tag cloud to display the different actions a user can take (the site's functionality is somewhat complex, and so ...
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In a high precision meter do I display battery voltage as a fractional number of volts or as a whole number of millivolts?

There's an Android battery meter application for enthusiasts (control freaks actually) that displays the remaining charge percentage and the current voltage. A typical phone will use a Li-Ion battery ...
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Automatically clear cache from scripts

I received a request to implement browser clear cache automatically when a user starts a session. This is the first time I encounter such a odd request. Is clear browser cache for a web application ...
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When to use reversed/mirror arrow cursor?

Is there an established pattern for when to use a reversed (right-pointing) arrow? I most frequently notice it in Outlook on part--but not all--of messages in my inbox: My Google-fu failed at finding ...
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Group of checkboxes and supporting text fields

What is the best way to layout a group of checkboxes and supporting form fields? For instance, in this form the user can select several choices for a report delivery method. Some of the choices ...
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What to do about “occasional” recommendation in a decision support application

I am designing a clinical application which displays a list of potential actions for clinicians to take ranked by their appropriateness to the clinical scenario (i.e., it looks like Google). ...
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Converting two character dates into four character dates

I have an application that converts the following invalid dates, with only two-character years into a valid date format automatically while the user's filling out the form: (NOTE: The application is ...
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How to effectively paginate many objects

We used to have a table interface which showed 1-10 on load and had the pages listed all the way from 2, 3, 4, ... n. We would like to re-design this interface to support scrolling of objects much ...
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How to visually indicate which pieces of information have changed

I work on a warehouse hand-scanner based GUI. It tells a user where to go, and which item to collect when they get there. When they scan the correct item, the screen changes, and indicates the next ...
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Displaying million records in Master Detail Grid (Million in both master detail)

I am facing a design and UX issue while creating a master detail grid in which both master and detail can have over a million rows. The simplest solution would be to enable paging (click) in both ...
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UI Layout improvement

I'm currently implementing a database querying tool, and am currently working on a section which would allow users to specify ORDER BY and Aggregate clauses. My biggest challenge has been to represent ...
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Custom liking function - do I need user login?

I've recently implemented a working custom liking/disliking function for my comics site. but I feel it’s pushing me towards implementing a login system for all users… which I really don’t want to ...
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How large should the logo be for easy clickability?

I was skimming through some of the older questions namely Is 'Home' button still a must? and Home button vs Logo link? and there seems to be a general impression that the home logo serves as a general ...
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Why does the advanced twitter search options not using a radio button

https://twitter.com/search-advanced has the following options Any of the words All of the words Exact Phrase But the user could make a mistake and enter values for all of them, why didn't they use ...
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Drop-down list with advanced search

I am creating a control to allow users to select an item from a list. The number of items can vary greatly - anywhere from a handful up to millions. A drop-down with autocomplete functionality seemed ...
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The navigation on Corporate websites

Corporate websites appeal to multiple audiences. I've seen from benchmarking the majority of sites have based their navigation around the audience segments. You'll see Investors in the main navigation ...
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Is a Q&A site a reasonable replacement for a forum for a software product?

I'm building a website for an open source piece of software that revolves around backups and cloning. I was originally going to use phpBB for the forums, but then thought about the possibility of ...
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Videos on landing pages

Is it a good ideal to feature videos on landing pages or should their primary purpose be to signpost users to content elsewhere? I am developing a set of pages for an event, it is supported by a ...
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Best way to show long list of detailed information for summarized items in a table?

I'm working on an application page for an insurance company regarding purchasing policies and showing all the detailed information that comes with the policy. The problem I'm facing is knowing how ...
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studies on passcode/keypad versus password/keyboard?

When designing a tablet-based app that needs it's own extra security, there seems to be a couple of common choices: add a password screen with a keyboard, or use a passcode screen that has a keypad. ...
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Input mask on credit card number & SSN

Our company is discussing the use of an input mask (asterisk) on credit card numbers and social security numbers. I'm completely against masking the CCN, from a UX perspective, especially since our ...
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Whats the UX strategy behind Twitter's Retweet dialog?

Mouse Hovering over a particular tweet on the feed will show these links - / Reply , Retweet , Fav , More / - These links are prominent enough and clean. I dont understand the reason for ...
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Scrolling inside overlay or on the whole page

I have this web-app that has mostly web pages with search results (such as google is), so there's scrolling normally. But I have this scenario that you can open an overlay that shows additional ...
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Why are AC adapters (wall warts) designed to block adjacent AC outlets?

The AC adapters for a lot of equipment seem to be specifically designed to block the AC outlets around it (this is in the US). Is this a safety feature to minimize the power to that outlet or just ...
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Concept for adding reminders

I'm remaking some code for a survey-system I'm the maintainer of. And one of the problems is adding reminders for the survey invites. I made this: ...
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What's a good way to use text over a picture?

My dilemma is aptly shown in the picture below: How can I make the text more legible?
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How do roads switch from driving on the left side of the road to driving on the right? [closed]

Some countries that drive on the left side of the road aren't island countries (although most are; the most notable exception is India). For those countries, how do people laying out roads for drivers ...
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Why use paper prototyping, besides saving time?

When creating a web application prototype, I find it's pretty easy for me to put together a fast prototype. What are the advantages to using a paper prototype instead (or before that)? This video ...
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Is there any good reason why I shouldn't make some mobile app parts sticky?

What are the downsides of making that part with column-chart sticky (Always positioned to the top even when bottom part is scrolled down)? Haven't met that kind of solution in any mobile app before. ...
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Is it “unsafe” to rely only on placeholders (input fields)? [duplicate]

I've noticed that in many sites, the text within input fields are always either label tags and span tags. Twitter's example: (in this case, the labels seem to be inside the input field). I never ...
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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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A tabbed Android UX element similar to iOS App card?

Is there a standard Android layout that allows for tabs within a context menu? Something similar to the iOS app card would be great.
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Should you be allowed to change your own data?

Let's imagine you were about to use a CRM Enterprise-Application that contains your working-data (street, housenumber, office phone number and so on). Should we allow the user to change this data at ...
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What is the reason behind the upper-case-lower-case behaviour of the Apple iOS keyboard?

On Windows and Android phones/tablets the case of the keypad letters alters when pressing SHIFT: But Apple seems to ignore this presumably useful feature. Does Apple really know it's better NOT to ...
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Stopping people abusing star rating systems

I want to implement a 5 star rating system for particular articles on my site. But, I know that with a little bit of scripting, it can be easy for hackers to abuse these systems. However, I want it to ...
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Best order of heuristics for filtering gift suggestion search results

I have created a gift website where I want users to find gift suggestions based on a series of questions. To display the questions and search results I have two panels on the screen: Panel 1: Search ...
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Clicking twice to edit filename - what are the reasons for this pattern?

Like we all know, one can edit a file or folder name in Windows Explorer by either right clicking and choosing "Rename" from the context menu OR by highlighting the file by left-clicking, and clicking ...