A web app(lication) uses technologies such as javascript, CSS, and HTML5 and is executed in a web browser.

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What control to use to select multiple months?

I want to offer the users a way to select a range of months within a year. The selected months are used to display a table of data. The control should be placed above the table and since vertical ...
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Should I capture exceptions and present a nice error page to hackers? [closed]

If a hacker is trying to hack, should I present a pretty error page or redirect somewhere instead of a generic/cryptic error? I feel that the hacker knows what they are doing, I know what they are ...
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Do users know the difference between a web application and a desktop application?

As cloud applications become more prevalent and the line between what is a desktop app and what is a web app becomes very blurry, different patterns for design, security, privacy and user experience ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look draggable?

I have a table on a web page where I need to let the user reorder the rows. I was thinking of letting the user drag the rows to reorder them. But how would I let the user know that he could do that? ...
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How best to show the 'weight' (importance) of bullet-ed items in a non-intrusive (creative) way?

I have a web page with a bulleted list of items each with an associated weight i.e. level of importance. The bullets are of equal width but not necessarily of equal height. Here's a graphical ...
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Making it clear which items in a long list are selected

I'm trying to design a portion of a web interface that allows users to tag items and view all items with a tag or set of tags on them - think gmail, if gmail allowed you to easily select multiple tags ...
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Single or Multi page web application

Is it better UX wise, to build a web application with traditional multi-page transitions or to have a single page application where the other components of the page use AJAX and jQuery to load content ...
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How can I make the purpose of a complex user interface element more obvious?

I am the author of SQL Fiddle, an online environment for testing and sharing database problems. The target audience for my site is for pretty technically-sophisticated users (database programmers, ...
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'Exit' or 'Log Out' to leave your session.

There is a button on a Kiosk style web app I am developing that destroys all session variables and chucks the person back to the logon screen (logging them out). When I took the project over the ...
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Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs

I'm trying to come up with a page-naming convention so that each page in a web application I'm developing has the human-friendliest URL possible. The current URL structure of the web application is: ...
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Pros/Cons of date- and datetimepickers [closed]

What pros and cons do you experience when using datepickers in web forms or software? What do you think is missing sometimes? What bugs you when using a datepicker? I want to know, either from ...
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For a web-app, how to differentiate “cluster” marker icons from normal icons on a map?

We have a map with around a dozen different kinds of markers, and there are too many to display at once so we're using cluster icons to represent multiple markers that are close together. What ...
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Alternative graphical representation of a goal achievement?

The client has a set goal X that he wants to achieve every month and he wants this represented graphically and I agree that it would be a good way for people to easily see how far along they are. The ...
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How to handle selections with a lot of options?

In a web app, let's say I have a list of options for the user to select from. I would usually use a drop down in this case,if there is a reasonably small number of options, but how should i approach ...
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How to explain that a data is only in localStorage?

I'm currently working on a web application where the user can enter some data. Unless the user is logged in, the data will only be stored in localStorage (i.e. in his browser). I will support syncing ...
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Should general 404 page be shown to the user if he clicks one-time link second time?

There is a Sign up function in a web application. After user signs up, an email message with confirmation link is sent to his email address. This confirmation link is obviously valid only one time. ...
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Case studies on using gradients in a design

Are there any case studies on the use of gradients in a web design? I'm looking for answers similar to this answer about the usability of rounded corners. Specifically, I'd like to know: Is there a ...
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How do I represent null values in a line chart?

I am building a web-based analytics platform. I am looking to plot a line chart that represents the number of seconds it took for me to reach a live service agent via phone on a given day. In the ...
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Folding columns of a kanban view

In our enterprise management software, we use "kanban" views for different purposes; pipeline of business opportunities, tasks, recruitment process, bugtracker, etc. The example bellow shows the ...
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Is the “Help” feature really helping?

Almost all apps/sites have a feature 'help' regardless of type and subject of the app/site. I have rarely seen people using the same for their benefit. I would want to know if it's worth putting the ...
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Is speed the most important factor in mobile applications?

I've been noticing a trend when using my phone for music at work. Sites like Bandcamp have an excellent mobile site that is simple and intuitive. However, once I find a cool group on Bandcamp I end up ...
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Whats the best way to present interface ideas to stakeholders?

My current preferred method of developing and testing ideas for interfaces I'm designing is creating interactive, sketchy, grayscale prototypes using Axure. I find using grayscale helps put the focus ...
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Identify different types of clickable shapes?

We're building an application that is like an interactive flow chart. When users are viewing the flow chart, they can interact with certain shapes: Link to another flow chart. Link to an external ...
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Is UX Copyrightable?

After the recent "Look and Feel" Apple vs Samsung lawsuits, I've been wondering to what extent this might affect websites/webapps that offer functionality similar to other existing sites. So what ...
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Most intuitive way to offer manual sorting? [duplicate]

all. I'm designing an online form builder (think Forms in Google Docs / Spreadsheets). The functionality is complete, but I'm not happy with the sorting capabilities. Everyone that I have done ...
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How to handle conflicting updates of a customer record

We are developing a simple web based single-page CRM-like app. I was thinking about what happens when two operators are both editing the details of a customer "John Doe". On the server side we use a ...
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How to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons without taking focus away from main content?

I am looking for a way to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons while not taking focus away from main content. It'll be great to see examples of good application design (I am doing a web app (probably ...
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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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Key dimensions to efficiently describe a user interface

What is clearly thought out is clearly expressed and there is certainly a way to efficiently describe and classify the various user interface types that have spread. At the UI components level, ...
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Background images in input boxes

I have been experimenting with right aligned background image treatments in input boxes for the web lately. Are there any rules of thumb for this type of implementation? Is it considered great ...
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Action confirmation through double clicking (click-twice confirmation)

Clarification: Let me clarify first: By double-click I mean clicking something twice but not in a quick succession. So here is the question/suggestion: Usually on the web applications, designers have ...
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What unicode symbol should I use for EDIT?

I'm trying to keep a very light payload on a wordpress plugin I'm writing. Users will be able to: add - + refresh - ⟳ edit I'm thinking of using the pencil glyph: ✎, but I'm not sure about it. ...
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Is it good to change keyboard's input language automatically in JavaScript?

In some websites and web applications, there are forms to be filled by the end user. In multilingual contexts, some developers try to change the input language of the keyboard, or hook to the field ...
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Software screenshots on landing page

I have a landing page for a webapp. I heard that showing screenshots of the software might hurt conversions. I know that the answer is to test and find out for myself, but what do people think? ...
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Update list when a user is viewing the list without annoying them

We have a list of items that the user will be interacting with frequently during sessions. Each session will last a minute or two and during that time they are changing state on items and updating ...
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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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Guidelines for when to auto-save settings vs “save” button

In our web application we have a number of pages to do with user settings, in different categories. For most of them we have a display page with an edit button/link, which takes them to a form which ...
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Why use 'fixed width' or boxed layout rather than fluid?

I've noticed many sites (including stackexchange) use the 'fixed width' or 'boxed' layout where 50% of my screen is white space, kind of like watching a standard definition TV show on an HD screen. ...
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Date Range: Is automatically making “To” the same as “From” a good practice when searching data in the past?

I couldn't think of a more descriptive title, but this is what I'm wondering: I have a Date Range selector box. It's quite straightforward, it has two calendars, one for the "From" date, and another ...
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App icons borderless or on a button?

In an app, when using icons, we can have place it on a button, or have the icon borderless. I would think that having it on a button gives better affordance, but it seems that many reputable ...
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Search form vs. unified search in a web application

I am looking for some help regarding UX/design guidelines targeted at (web) application internal search functionality. I have tried searching the Google and this site, but the overwhelming majority of ...
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Differentiate between exact date and date period (e.g., month vs. month of year)

I'm working on a web-based reporting system that allows users to create ad-hoc charts. The user selects the data to be analyzed (e.g., sales dollars, sales volume, number of employees, etc.) in ...
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How to say that an online demo is interactive in 2-3 words?

Basically, they can play around with the app, to get a feel for it in a advance. The target audience is business owners who may or may not (likely not) be technologically inclined. Demo implies that ...
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Disable or remove close button

The initial situation is: a user clicks on a preview image that triggers an overlay to start a video. The overlay has an "X" button in the top-right corner that stops the video and closes the overlay. ...
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Most Logical Sudoku Interface?

I'm working on the front end for a sudoku program I wrote for fun. I'm debating which interface is most logical: an interface entirely click-based, or a standard keyboard entry method. Click Based: ...
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Should image overlays have a close button?

There is a link which when clicked displays images as an overlay (translucent black background, center aligned image). Clicking outside the image or pressing escape key closes the overlay. At present ...
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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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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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Should a search page have a clear button?

Its probably a very subjective question, but here it goes....We're building a website that will provide basic and advanced search criteria. The advanced search criteria will be upto 50 fields, ...
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How to display month name in a small form?

I have to display a form with 12 months and for each month a number input and a toggle button. This form is in a pop-up so I don't have a lot of place. I did two columns with six month per columns. ...