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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How best to display truncated links?

I'm working on a Q&A platform, and I was wondering. Within My Account you can check your questions, answers and comments such as [Your answer] Date: [XX-XX-XX] Number of answers:[XX] ...
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Who to involve when making user tasks/scenarios for a usability test?

I am conducting my first usability test in our in-house testlab. I have asked my team (and the rest of the company) for hypotheses and aches regarding the service we are goint to test. Based on these ...
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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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Crash dialog - motivating user to explain what they were doing

In my application (a browser), there are two types of crashes which can occur: Python exceptions, i.e. I can handle the crash just when it happens and display a crash dialog immediately. Segfaults ...
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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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Focus the user on save screen, or still show preview?

In my 3 screens below, I've shown the edit, review and save screens. These screens are part of a 4 stage process. On the final screen (save), instead of the interface having a new screen, a sidebar ...
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Validating a Preferences/Configuration “app”

I have a system configuration / preferences "app" I'm designing as part of a larger browser-based application. Our overall application has "apps" (like a development app, a user management app, a ...
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Is My Needfining Observation Plan Methodologically Sound?

I was wondering if you could help me conduct a proper needfinding observation. Mostly, do you see any methodological errors in my observation plan or survey questions? Does my plan maximize the ...
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Scheduler Design with Slots

I am trying to create a UI design for recurring events. Example: John, cuts hair on week days monday-friday, from 02 Feb 2014 to 04 Apr 2014, only between 10 A.M to 1 P.M. Also he will do it ...
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Design UI panel

I have a dashboard screen with one of the panels as below; So as you can see there are different fields and corresponding values. Now I need to design/update the same panel to consider the ...
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How to create a good filtering and sorting system when there are 30+ options to choose from

I have +30 categories grouped into 3 groups. Each group contains about 10-15 categories. Group A - Category 1 - Category 2 ... Group B - Category 11 - Category 12 ... Group B - Category 21 - ...
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State of the art [closed]

I recently joined a Software Engineering research group and my tutor suggested I should concentrate on Software Usability. I am interested in this subject but I wouldn't know where to start looking. ...
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Any best practices or examples of mix and match functionality on a fashion e-commerce?

I'm trying to design this feature, but so far not much luck finding any decent implementations of this feature. one example is http://www.bonarium.com but even that is pretty basic. what would the ...
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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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The Keikendo Maturity Model for developing an organization's UX capabilities

I saw the Keikendo Maturity Model of an organization's UX maturity and immediately thought of the paper by Jonathan Earthy that talks about the Usability Maturity Model. Comparing the two ...
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Providing grid summary

We have a grid listing some data and then there is summary, which is also a grid. What is the UX pattern/ideas/designs to display both? If there is an operation like clear (which should clear both ...
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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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Differentiating quick-contact and full-contact in a website design

I am designing a commercial website which is very elegant, thinking about adding a quick "sliding" contact form with the essential fields, to be available in all pages of the site, in addition to my ...
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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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Best way to call out important content to screen readers?

We're adding new content to our page that describes the accessibility options available at a destination. The user may make accessibility requests via checkbox inputs (bathroom, hearing-impaired ...
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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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How to allow users to position newly created items in a sortable item list

Background I have a list of items that a user can create, move around, edit and delete. Each item can be a different type such as a textbox field or a header. To create a new item or edit an ...
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Do older adults prefer white-on-black or black-on-white?

Please suggest current resources for designing UX for senior adults. W3C standards documents are about 6 years out of date. With respect to contrast: white on black, or black on white. [I did an ...
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Interested in why the “Sign In” options are sometimes so trivially designed compared to the “Sign Up” option?

Over the past few months I've noticed a lot of big name websites that seem to trivialize the "Sign In" design in comparison to the "Sign Up" design, which is much more centrally located, and usually ...
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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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UX resources for very specific use cases (Surveillance software)

I'll try my question as specific as possible. Where can I find UX or usability research regarding special use cases, such as video management software for surveillance systems? Almost all of the ...
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How can we have usability and UX tests around PAN (personal area network) gadgets interfaces?

Our gadgets around us are changing and I think that it will continue for a while. I really wonder if there is a nice example about usability and overall experience testing methods for Personal area ...
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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 ...