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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Security questions vs secret password/passcode when logging in or retrieving login details?

I am currently in the process of re-designing a login process which uses security questions to verify the identity of users before they are successfully logged in, and also to allow them to reset ...
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User testing with no access to users?

I have an interesting set of constraints to work with: -We're launching a new line of products early next year. In a few weeks, we'll be sending out beta software/hardware units for distributors to ...
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What is the optimum button size of touch screen applications?

There was a not so recent blog post about the ideal button size of touch screen control sizes (sorry there is no link, the website is now a spam trap) that was based on the study form the MIT touch ...
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Hierarchical treeview problem

In a complex hierarchical structure where the user can create multiple levels of various types (folders, projects) what is the best way to manage all levels? The image below illustrates what I mean. ...
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Is high contrast mode really useful?

In most operating systems and on some websites there is a high contrast mode, intended for use by visually impaired people. I have doubts, however, whether using such mode makes any sense - from what ...
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Website with splash page with user selection

I'm designing a website that has two distinct audiences. My current idea is to have a splash page with a selection stating to which audience the person belongs to, then it would redirect to the ...
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Should a web service assign users an auto generated email address or let them pick their own?

I’m building a web service, that assigns a private email address to users and lets them email their content to it. I want the email address to be easy to remember, so they can use it from any system. ...
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Layout filterable grid and categories

Background A user goes to this page to view the levels their groups (>=1) have been placed in for certain categories, i.e., basketball, etc. Each category has an overview pdf document assigned to ...
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How to highlight the concept of degree of separation?

I own an application aiming to organize meetings between users that may know each other. For instance, Bob creates a meeting, and Alice then notices it. Alice expects the application to inform her ...
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Easiest “two factor verification” method (sending verification codes to cell phones)

I'm testing out my app with real people. They sign up, including entering a phone number, and it text messages them a code. The person responds to the text with the code and viola, mission ...
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How to force user to select a location and not simply type it?

Let's suppose this simple form: So, the user is expected to enter the keywords of the meeting's full address. While typing, suggestions are displayed (autocomplete feature). Here's an example: ...
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Middle Eastern usability considerations

I have been given a task of researching usability of Middle Eastern websites so the considerations can help shape the functional specification and wire-frame diagrams. What is noticeable from the ...
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What user research data is available on Twitter Bootstrap? [closed]

Has anyone come across any user research or done studies that can show improvement in usability and user experience using the Twitter Bootstrap framework? I would especially be interested in the real ...
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How should you size text in website design and what should be the relative sizes? [closed]

For example, you have Website Logo text Home page punchline text (the top most line visitors see describing what the website offers) Details on the punchline Page title text where title can be ...
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Why do some cars only have a physical lock on the driver side?

I have a car (tsx) and I realize that sometimes I will need to use the physical key instead of the electronic key fob to unlock my car. Such as if there is something wrong with the electronics or my ...
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Is Microsoft's Ribbon UI really that great, from a usability perspective?

The first time I ever used it was at my current job. Among my coworkers, the feelings toward it for usability are mixed. The other developer doesn't really care one way or the other, as long as Office ...
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Better UI for exchanging blocks up and down

I have developed a UI as shown below: Now I want to add a functionality to this UI that if user wants to exchange positions of if and else if blocks, he must be able to do that. One option could be ...
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Better option to warn user about an existing name

If a user wants to rename a file, he double clicks on file name, and name becomes editable. If user types an already existing field name and presses “Enter” or click outside the edit box, there could ...
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Alternate for radio button to show default selected file

User has a list of multiple files. When user logs in for the first time, I want to show current file selected by default. Currently I am doing it using Radio Button like shown below: But in UI it ...
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Action icons on context menu

I have an object and a menu on its toolbar. When user clicks this an menu icon from top toolbar, a context menu opens in drop down like shown below: There can be actully three kinds of objects so I ...
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Show items related to selected item in list

I have a list on my UI. One item in the list is selected. Out of the remaining items, few can be related to this selected item and other may be totally unrelated. For example, Item4 is selected. No ...
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Warning message to the user if name he enterred already exists

I want to warn user if the file name he enters already exists and ask him if he want to try with another name. Following options I think will go good in such situation: "A file name with this name ...
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How to display an “upper bound” or “max” value when you really want infinity?

What I really need is a way for users to create, using numeric text boxes, ranges for quantities of items with their corresponding prices. For example: *Qty |____1_____| - |____50____| : $ ...
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Microsoft Ribbon “More” button of some sort?

We deal with the Microsoft Ribbon UI a lot, one of the things we are considering is if it is possible to have a "More" button on the ribbon somehow that will show extra buttons or options on the ...
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Suggestions for Microsoft Ribbon UI where multiple actions are required across groups

We have an application that heavily relies on Microsoft Ribbon UI to perform actions etc on say a document. We have a few ribbon groups defined and each have a certain set of actions they can perform ...
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How to get users' heads around multiple views on the same dataset

Our product enables our (mostly non computer-savvy) users to gather data in a number of ways. They can they set all kinds of automatic behaviour based on this data. This data is stored in our ...
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Why would a company change it's landing page based on a user's operating system? [closed]

I was on www.Zillow.com today and I noticed that the landing page differs on both Windows XP and Windows 8 versus my Macbook Air running OS X 10.9; all running the latest version of firefox. Why would ...
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How to design UI to allow user to enter multiple sets of data

I am having some trouble figuring out how to do an interface that has these characteristics: allows user to enter several sets ("cases") of data. Minimum one, and there is no limit but say 12 is ...
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Visually show “File cannot be dropped here”

I am trying to show to user if "File cannot be dropped to the desired location" on my UI. Refer to the image attached above, user can drag and drop a file to the rectangular areas defined but not ...
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allow for user to customize a ribbon and its buttons?

Are there any problems associated with allowing a user to "define" or customize a ribbon in any fashion that they would like>? In other words, if we allow them to re-arrange the buttons etc, would ...
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Visually show start and end of a condition

I want to visually show starting and ending of an if block in my UI. Each if block starts with if and ends with end. The condition is written in red. I’ve figured out a few ways to show the start ...
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A new way to display true / false values to user

The company I'm working for is looking to develop a new user control to convey true / false values to users. Currently we are using checkboxes but due to some constraints we are now forced to develop ...
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Where should I place the “Actions” button?

I'm building an iOS application aiming to let user create meetings and wait for some participants. Basically, when the user is on the meetings list page, he can click to open a specific one. ...
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Why are smartphones getting so big? [closed]

It seems there is now a global trend among smartphone manufacturers, which is to make them bigger, over and over. It reached a point where they have to make "mini" phones which often are low-end ...
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Which page should I redirect to after item edit/creation?

Let's suppose a mobile app aiming to show "all" items, "my" items, and create some items. The important thing is that an item I create should appear to both "All" and "My". When I click on ...
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How to show facts & forms in first fold of the browser?

I am working on a form page. In which first their is a page heading comes then facts related to form & then form comes. My project manager wants facts & form comes in the first fold of the ...
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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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Should I enable hover dropdowns?

I was reading this article about tips & tricks for Bootstrap 3 and it has a trick for a hover dropdown (so you don't have to click before a menu pops up). Should I enable this? Is it generally ...
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How effective are banners in the left sidebar on ecommerce websites?

Does anyone have a case or study about the effectiveness of the banner that appears after the sidebar menu? A client insists on using them but this banner represents less than 1% of clicks.
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Creating a control panel allowing users to control logic used for automation of tasks?

I am working on a web application. To put it mildly it has issues. I have performed my stakeholder interviews and am towards the end of the contextual inquiry. I have two different user types. The ...
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Why don't ATMs show blank arrows for unused buttons? [closed]

Have you ever had trouble lining the arrows up with the correct button on ATM consoles and other similar interfaces? Height of user can affect perceived alignment, as well as poor installation or ...
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Is re-authentication necessary? [closed]

Is re-authentication necessary? If you login to a website, then want to change your username, password, or email address, is it necessary for you to have to login again?
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More efficient UI to progress the user through a complicated process?

Quick background I run a SaaS that lets users extract PDF data using my Chrome extension. They use the extension to create a job in their dashboard. They have up to 10 tries. How my current UI ...
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Tab index of pages

I am creating a website with lots of form fields and was don't know where things should sit regarding the tab index of the page. As you would expect, the log in fields at the top of the page have a ...
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Better way to offer a user a free plan vs paid options

When having to offer a user the choice between a "free forever plan" and a paid subscription, which is the best approach to present the plans to the user, in order to make the paid subscription more ...
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Table many users access checkbox usability concern

I have a data grid will allow an array of admins to update access for their associates. Are there usability concerns with just have a checkbox or will a user not understand that the checked box ...
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How to create a web application with good user experience or usability?

I am a front end developer, new to "user experience" world. I got a web application which has usability issues, which I have to recreate as per usability point of view. I referred many articles ...
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Time Scheduler UI

I am working on a doctor availability schedule page. In this page I need to setup the available times for each day in a week for a doctor. This is a one-time activity. Something is repeated for every ...
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Wizards: should pages with no options the user can change be shown?

I have an install wizard for product X with steps A > B > C>...>G, where C has a single drop-down selector. The drop-down selector in C either has one option, or many options: this is determined by ...
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Visualizing version-controlled hierarchical data

What would be the best way to visualize versioned hierarchical data in an interactive application? Let's say we have the following hierarchical data, where the capital letters identify the objects, ...