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How to handle users typing without input focus

An issue I repeatedly observe with novice web users is that they will occasionally begin typing without first properly selecting (focusing) an input field. A typical pattern I see is this: the user ...
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Web App - How to grab the user's attention no matter what! (notifications)

I'm working on a web application that, among other things, receives orders for a business. There's a page where the orders are listed, and it is refreshed at fixed intervals so that the list shown ...
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Using delayed appearance of some UI elements to grab user attention suggest actions

I'm looking for some examples and opinion of delaying the appearance of some elements in mainly static UI. I'm not talking about banners, which are affected with "banner blindness", but rather ...
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Driving users attention through opacity masks (reading rhythm)

I was reading this handy answer about Light on dark vs. dark on light: which is better for attention span? in the Graphic Design SE site and while reading the most voted answer I discovered that my ...
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Is it useful keeping “foveal vision” in mind when arranging content?

I came across this video explaining how you can reduce the congnitive load by arranging your content in small chunks fitting into your "foveal area": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzgRfE5B1Yc Of ...
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What is a useful way of doing “all ok” notifications?

Who watches the watchers A monitoring system (e.g. nagios) usually has a good way of producing warnings and change-notifications. But the worst thing that can happen is to miss an event because the ...
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Why is it an industry-standard to have a window automatically grab focus and how do we change it? (in Windows at least)

Why is it an industry-standard to have a windows automatically grab focus? From a usability point of view, why is it considered "good practice" for a desktop application to grab (more like hijack) ...