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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The design and implementation of the purely theoretical “self destruct” button

I had an Adobe Flash instructor in college who told me a story about getting bored at work. He had some downtime and was looking for a way to pass the time. While looking at some Flash code, he ...
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Responsive user interface for embedded system

We are developing a embedded system (a electronic door lock) that uses different LED's and a Buzzer for signaling different events to the user. There's a very limited opportunity to communicate to the ...
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Four states, one checkbox - any way for it to make sense?

I have a product. Product have property, simple yes / no one. Sadly, in reality this property have four states: Yes (graphic card is a discrete one) No (graphic card isn't discrete, must be ...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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Multiple search fields on directory website homepage

I am developing a web directory app whereby users main action will be to search for business addresses right from the home page. Currently, I have a search box centered on the homepage. Like this: ...
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Do users notice “don't show this again” checkboxes?

In a shopping cart, items can have a discount, but if a users asks for an express delivery on a specific item, the discount will change. I need to make them aware of that. 1 item = 1 line. The ...
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Alternative to Tab View in Dashboard

I'm working on designing a prototype for an internal dashboard, and the customer is very adamant about having a horizontal tabbed view for the information displayed. Each tab will allow the customer ...
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Have seperate Post for each question or a single page for all related question

I have developed a website using WordPress, wherein I post Interview Questions and thier Answers. Now my dillema is say I have 10 questions and answers I want to post on the "Core Java" topic. Do i ...
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Multitasking UI in Photoshop - Good or bad?

Being an advanced user of Photoshop, I never noticed this until an intermediate Photoshop user pointed out how they had misunderstood it. Perhaps it is partially due to the steep learning curve of the ...
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Enable Button Only to Give an Error? Or Show a Mysterious Disabled Button?

Currently our system is limited in that we only allow documents to be downloaded and not folders. Eventually we will allow the download of folders, but not in the immediate future. So right now if ...
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Why do most smartphones need to hold the power button in order to startup?

All of the smartphones I've owned required to hold down the power button for several seconds (ranging from 3 to 8 in some cases) in order to startup from a shutdown state. I've wondered why was such a ...
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Is there any reason Google does not provide any filter beyond bare search bar?

I have recently used the Russian Search Engine yandex.ru and was impressed by their filters assisting in easier search, see for instance, this page, here the screenshot: Any reason Google or Bing ...
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Criteria selection : use empty for ALL?

We have the following criteria screen. Based on these criteria data are fetched. Empty From/To Date field means that no date criteria will be used, but for the type criteria we have two options : ...
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Mixing AND and OR filters — how to make it more clear and less confusing? [duplicate]

I am working on the Hotel Search App (33hotels.com), where I let the user filter Hotels by facilities. Most filters are "AND-filters" but some have to be "OR". For instance, someone may want "wifi" ...
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Is there a way to have a user only input multiples of 5,000?

In the web app I'm designing, The user will input a restricted value that is a multiple of 5,000 with a minimum of 5,000. The maximum could potentially go up to maybe 1,000,000. (In actuality there ...
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UX navigation best practices for older adults

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to navigation on tablet devices: are menu bars preferred or ...
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Changing navigation based on task completion?

There is some conflict in my team regarding site navigation for a tax product. Specifically, one group wants to have an wizard-guided action, "Complete Tax Organizer", as an item in the primary ...
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Autocomplete / Typeahead / Find As You Type widget usability on mobile

I'm wondering if anyone has a good solution for the following scenario. In a Web App I'm working on users can type "freeform" in a text field that has an AJAX Autocomplete list "drop down" provided ...
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Carousel - To have or not to have images on slides

As a developer I'm involved on a discussion about Carousels. We have a CMS backoffice where the user can activate a carousel for his/her site. The main point is wether or not is needed to make ...
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Is Markdown for emails effective? [duplicate]

One of the services I run is a simple email service that lets people send emails from their own websites. Because it's only a simple email thing, I didn't want to have to install an email client ...
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Rotating arrow vs plus/minus sign for a dropdown in Android

I wish to implement an expandable list interface in Android. To show that the list item expands on clicking I have considered the following 2 options: A plus sign which changes to minus when the ...
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Is there any evidence that typing DOMAIN\Usename to login to a company network affects usability?

We seem to be having a number of issues related to users having to enter the company DOMAIN and then their usernames to log in to our internal web based systems. For example the username would need ...
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How to visualize a large Neural Net?

How to visualize a Neural Net with thousands of input nodes and tens of thousands of connections? The image above does not have any connection values, but the visualization that I am creating does. ...
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Why does the title attribute have a delay?

In HTML the title attribute usually displays a little popup conveying information about the element. In most—if not all—browsers the popup doesn't appear immediately but after few seconds. Why was ...
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How to better represent this multi selection?

Suppose a web application showing a form where user is expected to specify the friends he wants to share with (conceptual example): User can select either: No friends at all (no sharing) within ...
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UX designer requirements [closed]

What are the requirements and tools to work in a company as a UX designer? And What is the specific function? So If i have good experience in usability and ui-ux design, How i can start to become ...
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Dropdown vs radio button

User have to choose type of food (from 3 or 4 choices) in our application. Default selection is used in 60 - 70% of cases. What will be better: dropdown or radio buttons?
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Do fine-grained message statuses (such as when a message was seen) help usability?

I was just reading this question, and noticed how often I see chat applications that allow you to know if/when a message is being typed up and when it is read/seen. I know the concept has existed well ...
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Single-character convention for weekdays?

In the ever challenging pursuit of simplifying visuals for Users, an issue came up while web developing. It is a relative simple issue: I want to offer Users a selection for weekdays using only one ...
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How to define/classify messages and notifications in web applications

I have seen content from various style guides and UX guidelines about this, and was wondering if there is a much more simple system to create a consistent and easy to implement design for various ...
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Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users?

The Problem I love using Markdown to write questions, answers, posts, comments, etc. That being said, I am a very technical, detail oriented, programmer type. However, I am working on a CMS of ...
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Which are better: horizontal or vertical vehicle seatmaps?

I work for an online travel agency. We have designed interfaces that show vehicle seatmaps for users to select a seat on an airplane or a bus. Recently the debate has been on which is better: a ...
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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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Placing full name, including prefix and suffix, on one line in a form?

I am working on a form page that has a name field, including Prefix, First Name, Middle Name (NOT Initial), Last Name and Suffix. The client would like to have all these fields on one line. So here's ...
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Showing users what kind of content is behind a link (popups)

I've been developing a website which contains quite some links inside a text block. Clicking one of those links will open a popup with one of these types of content: image video exercise translation ...
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Do screen readers have built in “back to top” functionality?

So on my web application I have a floating button for back to top that's visible to users after they scroll down the page from the top. I was thinking whether I should consider attempting crafting ...
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Placeholder Miscommunication Prevention

I've been doing some research into text input placeholders, and came across this: Pardot User Guide: Placeholders are not Substitutes for Labels. What struck my interest was: Data suggests that ...
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Source of user contacts for app

I'm making a mobile app similar in functionality with Whatsapp where the user will have to select and contact acquaintances (friends, family, co-workers ..you name it) so I'm just wondering if it's ...
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Ideas on dismissing a popover without a Close element

I have mocks from a designer showing an initial form for searching a location. There are fields for location (business) name and city (pre-filled) and a Next button (disabled at first). When the user ...
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How many required fields are too many?

Is there a general number of fields where people will likely be turned off and not even fill things out? When does frustration begin to set in in a long form with a lot of required fields? I ...
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How to implement a Toggle Switch behavior for multiple Input Boxes

Consider part of the web page below: Currently Users can add new rows and and enter values, which are either various numbers that are considered as English Units upon entry. i.e. feet, inches, and ...
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About pages - when should a web startup have one?

How should the team behind a web startup decide on having an About page? On one hand, many users tend to look for it, while on the other, there is value in disclosing as little as possible to the ...
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How to handle long processing task in UI?

We have a Desktop based WinForms application. Application performs some very complex logic in database and is bound to take long time. By long time i mean it will take anything from 1 min to 20 min ...
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Is it wrong to have your primary actions in red?

We're using red as the colour for primary Actions. This can be in the form of a button. In terms of usability, what are the downsides. Are there any upsides at all? An example for using red coloured ...
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What type of map will be suitable for marking an accurate address

What I am doing: I am working on google maps and the application currently allows user to mark address on the map, then the application saves the coords to database. My question The map currently ...
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Layout for assigned roles to users and organizations and managing those users

I am building layouts for a public-facing site that requires the user to fill in multiple pages of information to apply for a license. Think in terms of someone applying to hold an event on public ...
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Where can I find Spanish & Portuguese versions of the System Usability Scale (SUS)?

I've found mention of them BUT, I don't find them. Ideally, I seek the all-positive versions. Thanks!
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Best position of a help icon in textarea

What is the best position of a help icon in a textarea? here is my idea but this position could have a chance that the user will already be done typing in their text before seeing this icon. ...
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Why are developers ignored by UX? [closed]

I'm a hobbyist software developer who dutifully looks at UX to better design software with the user in mind. I appreciate the nitpicking that UX does for three main reasons: The user's benefit ...
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Best practices for name search?

I have an app that will allow you to lookup the salaries of public officials. I have a few multiselect boxes to narrow the search by role and department. I am thinking about how to design the name ...