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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Borders editing control usability

I need a simple and intuitive control for editing rectangle borders. At the moment I have the following: At the left - preview box and current border selector at the same time. User can click on ...
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Are the Metro UI icons poor for usability?

While looking at Metro UI styles I thought about one of the unique aspects of the icons. Their placement inside circles. E.g. I can imagine that this provides a target like effect, emphasising the ...
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Studies showing the impact of response time variability on user experience

Have there been any studies, or results, focusing on the impact of variability in latency of response times on the overall user experience? I'm aware of the research on the "generally accepted" ...
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Best way to display continents and countries lists on a web page

A world map and two lists displayed on a web page are connected. Hover over "Romania" link and the Romania region highlights on the world map (jVectorMap fiddle example). As you can imagine, the two ...
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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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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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Why is a manual transmission so complicated? [closed]

While driving I noticed that the gearbox is complicated for a first time users. I find it hard to tell which gear my car is in while driving. Is there a reason for this design, and is there a better ...
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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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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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Help with expert reviews

I am reviewing a client website. Usually I will find plenty wrong and will be able to highlight issues and recommend solutions. The problem with this particular project is that the website is actually ...
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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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How do I improve the readability of body text?

I always find it hard to judge the readability of my site and there is so much conflicting information out there. So I thought I would ask for some options here. Could you please take a quick look at ...
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Does “ink is expensive” apply in a user interface context?

Edward Tufte in the book The Visual Display of Quantitative Information states, more or less, that ink is expensive. Any ink which is not used to actually convey information is chartjunk and it will ...
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What is the best way to display a queue of items in a large space?

In a desktop web application I am working on, I was considering several designs for an ordered queue of items. My initial design was: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Why did older Windows installs delay before automatic restart?

Every time I need to install an older copy of Windows (today it's Server 2003 Enterprise), I run into the screen where the initial install phase completes and my machine needs to reboot. The ...
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Icons vs. Dropdown for primary mobile navigation

I am working on a responsive design in which there are 5 selections in the primary navigation. I'm thinking because there are only 5 I could use icons instead of a dropdown for the primary navigation. ...
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Should I verify that the output directory exists or just create it?

In my job, I create apps where I'm converting data and frequently need, among other things, an input and an output directory. Obviously, the input directory needs to exist, but for the output ...
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On mobile phones why is the green (call) button at the left and red (hang) button at the right side?

Some old mobile phones have switched position of green/red buttons. Currently the green button is at the left and red button is at the right side on mobile phones. Why? That is rationale? Which ...
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Can we expect users to close popovers by just clicking away?

We use popovers quite a lot and, when you click away from them, they close. Do you think it's reasonable to expect that the majority of web users will know how to close it this way instead of adding a ...
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How to convey a true/false value to a user?

I'm developing an application where users will be allowed to create custom fields that are part of a record, in addition to the fields that are provided by default. Users will be able to choose names ...
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Do embodied agents improve usability?

When you search a web site from outside using a search engine and having the addendum site:mysite.com you have a good chance to find what you want. At least you get close to what you want to find and ...
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Behavior of the Enter button in a form

What is a better experience for a user if they press enter when using a form? Should it submit the form or move to the next field?
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What should we ask from a Usability Trainer to identify if he is right for Training us?

This looks a bit odd but we have been identified to get training on Usability and we have to talk with some of the Usability trainers who could provide us training. On the basis of meeting up with ...
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What do you think of gauges to display information in web dashboards?

I'm redesigning a reviewer-type website for college entrance exams - there are different categories such as math, science, english. Students can take as many review quizzes/exams as they want, and ...
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Threaded messaging, simplicity

I am building a many to many messaging system, which means that one user can send a message to 35 other users, and any one of these users can reply, to this message, which then again everyone else can ...
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Is it acceptable to have more than one type of confirmation message?

We're discussing having multiple types. For example, one type would appear at the top of the page and drive users to perform another action: The other type would appear "inside" a submit button ...
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Press-and-hold or Long-Press Gestures: Unintuitive?

Often, I find people struggle with the usage of press-and-hold gestures on mobile/web platforms. The mere thought of having a user press on a defined object and hold for an arbitrary amount of time ...
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2 Line Calendar Module | Alternative Calenders

I'm exploring a new format for a calendar module. It only uses two lines for the dates causing it to be more of a landscape format than square. The only problem is for users deciphering how the ...
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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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Percentage of users who edit the URL of the site they're on?

The company I work for rents out vacation properties, with an alphanumeric ID for each property. Such as http://www.example-domain.tld/abc123456 There are SEO recommendations for using a slug / ...
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Modals on top of modals

Using bootstrap modals, I keep running into the issue of having an info modal with content inside of it, but there's a need to have a "confirm your decision" modal/popup on top of the initial modal. ...
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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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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 I use javascript cookies in lieu of autofill where autofill is unreliable?

Autofill is a good option for users who don't have an account. But it seems that how browsers determine how they'll implement autofill information varies. I'm not surprised of course. In Chrome, it's ...
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TreeTable as a flexible condition/filter editor

I face the task to create condition/filter editor every time I need to develop a data/request/event processing system. As usual, there is no universal one and only solution. Google shows a lot of ...
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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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Why is high website availability good for UX?

I'm trying to understand how much should I invest in website availability. What impact does a not so good availability (let's say 95% - 18 days in a year) have in User Experience. Why is it that ...
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Why do some cars have the fuel door on the passenger's side?

Many cars, such as the BMW M3 pictured below, have their fuel door on the passenger's side of the car. I do not understand the reasoning behind placing the fuel door opposite the driver; placing it ...
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select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
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Two-level menus: Why? and When?

Two level menus: should they be used? Why are they important? I never found any resource explaining this. Should I avoid them and only use them when you really have too much stuff to present?
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Should marking a chat message as spam automatically ignore the user?

Two typical features of chat rooms are, the ability to ignore another user (hide all of their messages) and to mark a particular message as spam. Should marking a user's message as spam automatically ...
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Are Mailing list popups bad usability

I had a client request that they wanted a mailing list popup like the example given below where the popup is presented to the user as soon as they land on the site I am a little concerned about the ...
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Should survey for canceling subscription be before or after the subscription is canceled?

We want to collect data about why our users cancel our product subscription. Should we put the survey form on the same page? Since it might be more likely that they will fill it in, but probably at ...
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Mixing rounded corners and square corners

The question of the usability of rounded corners versus square corners has already be answered here. My question revolves more about the consequence of having them intermingled. I've heard some ...
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How can I encourage my users not to multitask?

Context: I'm creating a website aimed at middle-schoolers and high-schoolers to help them collaboratively create stories. The site is gamified so that each user will want other users to vote for the ...
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Does number of screens affect usability of a specific software?

Does it matter to the user if the application has 70-80 screens as long as all the functionality are provided? Does it depend on the platform, e.g. Handheld devices vs Desktop ? Is there a limit on ...
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How usable are digital whiteboards?

I am building a whiteboard that records what is written to it and that is connected to the internet. One of my primary focus is usability. The whiteboard is not like standard digital whiteboards. It ...
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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 ...
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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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Selected group item - How should collapsed group indicate selection?

Requirements: . selectable groups and items . click on the arrow expand and collapse groups . click on row selects the item or group . click on group row select all items within download ...