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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Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?

Normally I use a wireless keyboard without a number pad and a mouse right next to it. Having started a new job, I was finding my right arm somewhat more sore. This was confusing until I realized: ...
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Purchasing item without registering as a user

I have this site where visitors can pay for certain digital goods, after which they'll be presented with a download link. These downloads links last for a week before they die and become useless I ...
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Cards View Vs Tabular View

I am in the process of redesigning an interface with a lot of Tabular data that is previously simply used as tables that look like the 19th century. I was a bit confused whether to switch it to a Card ...
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How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...
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Should I offer an “If your download does not start…” option?

I'm designing a web app where you can download a single file or a dynamically-generated zip file of several files. For single files, I am planning for the file to be downloaded immediately. For ...
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Deletion: Confirm or Undo? Which is the better option and why?

Which one is the better option and why? Delete with Confirmation [The action cannot be undone] or Delete with one click [And provide option to Undo]
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How to improve the experience of finding a stall in a public restroom?

Why do I try to avoid using public restrooms at all costs? Maybe I'm going to the wrong public restrooms because I can't think of a single time when using a public restroom has been a great ...
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Order of keyboard tab navigation within a form with help links

Situation: I am supporting some old web forms and each input box has an icon next to it that opens up a description section directly below the field. Right now, tabbing through the form alternates ...
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How does one present the features and functionality of an app to a new user

Example: Financial applications require a lot of information before generating reports. What are some good ways to demonstrate the features to users when app hasn't yet been populated with data? I ...
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App selection/store with not many apps

I'm making an internal-facing web-based interface for our corporate management platform. Users land on a homescreen with different applications available for them to then click on to use. (eg I can ...
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Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

I'm working on a site where I am being asked to implement a loading animation on page loads. Essentially, the site will display a loading animation as soon as possible, which will go away once all of ...
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Why are calculator screen digits right-aligned?

Is there any logical reason behind digit alignment on a calculator? If yes, can we apply this for visual interfaces of numbers on the web?
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Should a list of team members be divided into sections and years?

Our project team is divided into sections: core team, fundraising, representatives, media, etc. We want to show the member list each year so that visitors can see who is behind the project, and to ...
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Edit document name option in pop up

On my UI, when user clicks to create a new document, a pop up opens where a wizard is launched where user must select a folder in which he wants to create the new document. Pop up has a list of all ...
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User available at times

I was looking trough some answers best practices on 'user availability' or whatever it's called. Let's say I'm a user renting out or providing some kind of service. Let's assume this is my side job. ...
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Best practice for month / year input

Is it best practice to have text fields or dropdown + textfield combination form month year? Does it changed if the month is listed as 01 vs January? (The ^ indicates dropdown) Note: Users use the ...
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Auto-creating new Items vs. “Add New” button

I'm iterating on a mortgage CRM system, which involves the broker providing previous incomes of the future home owner. Currently, the system "invisibly" provides a mechanism for creating new ...
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Flexibility-Usability tradeoff: Is it OK to recommend a specific set of security settings?

As the flexibility of a system increases, the usability of the system decreases. The flexibility-usability tradeoff is related to the well-known maxim, jack of all trades, master of none. ...
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How to inform about fields in a big form?

I have to improve a very big form with at lot of fields. I'm thinking about making some type of marking to inform the user about: 1. Fields that should be filled 2. Mandatory fields 3. Content that do ...
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How to show why the button is disabled?

I need some ideas on how to show the user why the button is disabled. It is a very big system with a lot of rules and therefore it can be hard to fin out why. I would like to help the users but how? ...
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How handle many sliders in the same page?

Context: a page where users, using sliders, can set different values to get personalized results. The page contains about 16 parameters that can be modified with the corresponding sliders. At the ...
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Should “expand” arrows point towards the expanding content or away from it?

When using the official Github for Mac GUI client, I've seen that there's an icon which is used to open a hidden menu. It uses arrows to indicate that it moves something, but those arrows are pointing ...
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How prominent should the deactivate account function be?

Our app allows users to interact with multiple accounts. When any one account has outlived it's usefulness, it can be deactivated. Although users can still navigate to deactivated accounts, most ...
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Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?

We've seen a lot of beautiful custom error pages for server errors such as 404 and 503, but it seems like each site or app has just has one for whatever page you cannot reach. Is it in anyway ...
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Where did the pattern of displaying username in the top right emerge?

What was the initial intention of displaying the user's name along with the avatar on the top right of the app-bar? This is fairly common in some sites like Facebook, OneDrive etc., while other ...
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External link from main nav button

Is it ever OK to link to an external site (opening in a new page) directly from a main nav button with no notice? Both sites are owned by the same client, each focused on different aspects of their ...
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What to do about users that use two fingers to swipe?

I am wondering if you guys have any solutions for a problem I am consistently seeing on our mobile site. We signed up for Inspectlet a couple months ago and something that I see from several mobile ...
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Admin table with many rows, init state?

We have a system where we are creating a new Admin portal. In the portal we have tabs with tables like DataTables and 15 rows per page. We have around 100 000 rows and making dynamic fetching from ...
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Choice with a Radio button group

Context: In our application we implemented a responsive disclosure. Currently the choices the user can make are rendererd as a set of radio buttons. Currently there a two valid options, A and B. When ...
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Disabling text selection on mobile

From my perspective disabling text selection by default on mobile is a good approach. In almost all mobile web applications/frameworks and native mobile applications, by default you will be not able ...
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how can I clean up these piano notes?

hopefully i can attach a screenshot here... I am buried under the complexity of displaying piano notes. (hmm, thanks editor guy for including the screenshot in the message. but it's not quite hires ...
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“Standard” or “best” UI element for “turn offline” and “turn online”?

We have a series of buttons in our administrative interface, for turning systems online or offline (context-sensitive). Currently these buttons are simply either blue "Online" buttons to bring a ...
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How to encourage/direct users to tag video content based on usability instead of getting traffic (trend spamming)?

I'm in the process of developing a video sharing site which would require users to tag each video they upload, however, users have a tendency to create tags to drive traffic rather than making their ...
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How important is the location bias with usability testing for a company?

I am planing to do a usability test for a company. It is a usability test (first one to be done) for a web product in the final stages of development. How important is the location, where the ...
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Does a social timeline makes sense?

As the social networks have increased, there are several scripts and plugins to display a chronological social timeline from various networks. Is it possible to use a social timeline on your ...
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Timepicker Usability [duplicate]

A UX designer reviewed my site (http://www.fillinfor.me) and said my time picker had too many options. Possible scenarios: A. Enter text in an input box most efficient, fastest way more user ...
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Accessibility with aria-live and referencing other parts of a page

The setup: We have section A, where a user interacts with form controls and depending on the interaction receives specific messaging with aria-live. aria-live="assertive" role=”status” That ...
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Should dropdown list option be removed if the options cannot be repeatedly selected?

Let's say, I have a dropdown (html select) of questions from which a teacher can pick up questions to present to their students. The options available in the dropdown can only be picked once i.e. the ...
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Balancing between UX and Back Office Operations (The one click booking)

I am working on developing a simple home cleaning booking mobile application and I've been looking at what's out there: Most of them have a multi-step "wizard" that goes from asking the user for the ...
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Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the right?

I'd very much like to get some feedback on this, as of right now, it is a point of contention among the devs at my office and myself. Which is more usable: labels above form elements, or to the left?
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My practical Inner scroll conundrum

I have a table that needs to be scrolled (see below, and sorry for the foreign language). The table shows real estate transactions which can have a large initial set of results. Because there are ...
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Responsive form design

Is it better to break a responsive screen into 2 steps? Having a long form like this attached image, Is it bad for UX or is it better to break into 2 steps?
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing ...
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What's the best way to say “Submit or continue to do something else”

I have this form on my website: I want to add another option, like this: However, this is too long and might be confusing for users (Do I click submit or create auction?!) Are there any better ...
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What is the logic behind “Print to save pdf” workflow?

When you print any document in OS X, you can "print" the document as a PDF by accessing a PDF menu at the bottom-left of the print panel, where you can open the PDF in Preview, save it as a PDF or ...
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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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Accuracy of a text field VS ease of buttons

Our users complete coding challenges. Each of these challenges has an estimated duration. For example, "Build a CSS Robot" is estimated to take 60 minutes. All of our challenges are designed to be ...
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Problems about using modale dialogs? [duplicate]

I wounder if there can be problems about using modal dialog's in relation to the good user experience? I find that it is an easy way to add some "sub-screens" in relation to the main object without ...
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A client wants a “Show More” on every page on his website. (Weighing up the benefits)

I've been asked by a client to add a "Show More" button after a pre-defined height on all pages on the users website. It's naturally quite a difficult task to achieve because I have questions such ...
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Improving a configurable list with a lot of comboboxes

I did some testing with the interface that looks a lot like the Apple Mail Rules dialog, and received the following feedback from users: Way too many click actions Unclear what a rule does Bad ...