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

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Why is the new Twitter menu bar on the bottom on iPhone?

Twitter recently released a complete redesign for all major platforms, in part the redesign has been made to unify the experience across platforms. But, because of this goal I couldn't help noticing ...
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How to show user that page objects automatically update

I'm working on an online auction site. We're working on functionality to make the user dashboard auto-update without refreshing, so a user can see bids update real-time. The bid price and time ...
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What reasons are there to not break a web applications default scrolling mechanism?

on the project I am working on, they want the web application to have the header, sidebar and footer remain fixed in the browser. So only the content area will scroll. I don't think this is a good ...
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Models of user interaction when dealing with selections from a looong list?

I'm a programmer working on a web project. We need the user to select one item from a given list of universities. It's a list of 100+ elements, and the frontend is XHTML/css/js. Here are the options ...
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How to show password reset option

In my website I put password recovery option hidden. I know there are two options to deal with it. Classical way, Show it as the next sentence to the register link. Example, "Want to try? Sign up ...
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Should tabs changes in a web app be part of the browser history?

I've implemented a JavaScript plugin that tracks tab changes in through the browser history. Here's a brief overview of how it works: Once tab is clicked, the URL hashtag (the part that looks like ...
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Why use paper prototyping, besides saving time?

When creating a web application prototype, I find it's pretty easy for me to put together a fast prototype. What are the advantages to using a paper prototype instead (or before that)? This video ...
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What is a good name for non-administrator users?

Not sure if this is the proper place for this question. In my opinion, it is related to user experience, but please correct me if I'm wrong. If you have a site/application that separate users with ...
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Should we always make every Link/Button atleast 44X44 size in Mobile site, According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines?

According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines The comfortable minimum size of tappable UI elements is 44 x 44 points. Should we follow this rule for Every link on Mobile Website for better ...
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CMS interfaces: forms based vs click and change?

In regard to CMS interfaces I would say we could split them in 2 main branches [*1]: the ones with a control panel, where you go and usually see a list of pages (blog articles/ecommerce products), ...
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Should web app users be allowed to edit/delete their own content?

I'm developing a site that will be nearly completely driven by user-generated content, similar to a recipe website. Obviously, the importance of the content goes beyond the scope of the authoring ...
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Is it better to show questions one-by-one or all at once?

I'm building a quiz system online which features simple text questions, slightly longer-form text questions, multiple choice questions, and fill in the blanks style questions. Each quiz could have up ...
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Does it make sense to show a referrer-specific greeting to users?

There's a jQuery plugin that displays specific greetings to users based on the location they reached the current URL from. If they found it through Google, it would show a greeting that mentions ...
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Radio Buttons in the header?

Our web app allows users to switch between (currently 3, potentially more in the near future) different "contexts". For example, they could choose to view the app from the point of view of a ...
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Adding D-pad navigation to an existing web application: Resources?

I have a web application (HTML5) which works well in Google Chrome with mouse navigation, and I am adding d-pad navigation support. I have asked on StackOverflow about programming models for d-pad ...
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Best possible way to test a Web app or Website?

I am assigned to test a new web app that my company has to release in few weeks. Though through continuous testing and forking I indeed found some bugs. But I want to make my testing more foolproof. ...
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In non-social applications, are usernames redundant?

If there is no social element to a web app, should the user be asked to create a username during the sign-up process? Is username creation a pointless extra hurdle, or does it serve a purpose?
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When are shadowless icons preferred over shadowed icons?

My question is when, if ever, a shadowless version of an icon is preferred over the shadowed version. By shadowed I mean the tiny, almost imperceptible little black gaussian blur below the icon. I ...
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I'm looking for good examples of Welcome pages, and any good theory on how to go about it [closed]

Kind of a discussion based question, but bare with me anyway. I am working on a web app that provides reporting. It makes reporting fun, honest! I am struggling to design the Welcome page. It's a ...
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Proportion of resources devoted to UX Design & Research vs. Software Development on a web app?

First, some criteria: The product is an application and is heavy on user interaction. Think web 2.0 or mobile application, not a marketing or commerce site, or some back-end tool with only ...
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Are web sites designed with anchors (instead of individual pages), trending because of 960 grids? or is there a different concept at play?

I quite like the minimalism that a long page design provides for a landing page. By keeping everything simple and providing more focus on a core product. I just haven't been able to find many examples ...
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With a phased UI change, how do you ensure the end result is uniform?

Currently, we have 3 primary web apps all with their own look and feel and backend systems. In some places, the apps try to solve similar, if not the same, problems. A number of our customers ...
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When to use a group of radio buttons and when to use a select drop down

I have a step in a wizard scenario. The user has a choice of 3 options before they can tap 'Next'. For those 3 options do I use a select drop down list or a group of 3 radio buttons?
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Inline vs Modal Dialog Editing for complex widgets

I am building an application where user's can create very complex widgets using a browser. The two main approaches I can think of to allow for this is inline editing and modal dialog boxes. Unlike a ...
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What are some best practices for displaying an “unsupported browser”-warning in a web app?

We're building a web app, and the technology we're using will only allow users with relatively modern browsers (IE8 and up, plus most versions of other browsers) to even log in. We want to show an ...
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What are some best practices for displaying lists of items having many attributes, but no natural identifier?

I have a database of full of items with nondescript names like "X0001", "X0002", etc. where each item has ~30 features which are usually strings of ~10 characters, but could be ranges or 50 ...
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How should I get location information in a website or mobile device?

I've created a website that stores location information for certain places: for example, basketball courts. I'm looking for a way to allow users to add location information (to the exact GPS ...
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Remember the State of a Page when navigating to other pages?

In a web application, let's say the user has several sections, which are lists of records of data that can be searched, sorted, etc. Example navigation: - Clients - Accounts - Projects let's say ...
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Nested tabs (vertical within horizontal) alternative

I am working on a component is part of a larger wizard. It is made up of nested tabs (only 2 levels deep). Here is a quick wireframe of the it: The system I am working on is a refresh of an ...
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Why is it ok that apps don't respond to device orientation but webpages are expected to?

There are plenty of mobile apps that only work in a single orientation. Landscape (Garageband, lots of games), Portrait (Settings, Phone, Remote, App Store, Twitter, Facebook, lots of games) What ...
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Should we trust a user's web browser to tell us the language/culture they want?

We are based in New Zealand writing a web application for NZ and Australian users initially, with prospects to expand in the future. Our application examines the Accept-Language header of the user's ...
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Best way to let user select one of 100 values?

In our app we have a page that allows users to select an account type and there are 100 different ones. It's basically a word + number, something along the lines of the number of users you want to ...
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Traffic light like indicator for color-blind users?

We want to implement an indicator to display 'good' 'average' or 'bad'. So someone came up with a traffic light image. (green circle for 'good' yellow circle for 'average' and a red circle for 'bad') ...
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Looking for some ideas of for an alternative display of Full Name@Company Name

I'm trying to find a sexy/elegant way of displaying a user's full name and the company they represent. Currently, I'm doing Full Name@Company Name, for example Bob Smith@Microsoft or Sally ...
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Top-down hamburger menu / is it a cool experience regarding my application?

I own an application managing some meetings (conceptual example). Of course, my website is responsive so that it's fully usable on mobile devices. Before showing some screenshots of my navigation ...
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Should I allow users to edit replies in a ticketing system?

I'm making a ticket system, and on each ticket users and employees can add replies. I'm just wondering, would it be a good idea to allow users to edit replies? A lot of web apps/websites allow users ...
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Would you consider this a button? [closed]

I am working on a web interface and I want to emphasize a portion of it and make it attractive for people to click on it, which will show additional content (with a 3d css flip animation). The first ...
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Is it worth it to re-implement the browser's find feature?

I'm working on a web application in which users will occasionally have to search for various information in a log file. So users would go to this app, kick off a batch script, and wait for it to ...
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What's the best way to represent a number which is over/under a reference?

I work with a resource management web application. I have a grid of numbers (resources forecasts). I need to show in this grid if the numbers are over or under a reference (resources capacities). I ...
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Setting vs Settings? Which one makes more sense in a dropdown button

This button should do what it looks like it should do. It opens a drop down of actions that a user can perform on their user account. Should I go with "Setting" or "Settings"?
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Is there something like 'chronological breadcrumbs'?

The MoinMoin wiki engine has a UI element I would like to add to my web application. It looks very similar to breadcrumbs, but it behaves in a different way. According to UI Patterns, Breadcrumbs ...
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“Modernizing” legacy applications and legacy users

I'm tasked with modernizing many older UNIX based applications to new, web-based applications. The UNIX applications are completely keyboard-based (ie. "04" to select the fourth application, "Enter" ...
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Color-coding percentages, how should I interpret a result of 0/0 (as 0% or as 100%)?

I am making a report that requires me to display some calculations as a percentage. Basically, I'm doing a database query for records matching a specific ID. The number returned becomes my denominator ...
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Should filters reset on refresh?

I have a web app with a list of results that are filtered by date. By default, only the last 3 years of results are shown, but you can change the date filter to whatever range of dates you want. I ...
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Are “About” views necessary in applications?

I am currently assisting in the development of an app for mobile and the web. Someone recently pointed out that we haven't discussed the "About" view yet. My first reaction was, "Do we need one?" An ...
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When to use 2 accounts (buyers and sellers) and when to combine them into 1 account?

I'm struggling with the idea of either making separate buyer and seller accounts for a marketplace I'm creating, OR to combine the accounts. The main hurdle in my mind is the rarity that in this ...
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Internal Vs. Consumer site UX

I am in the middle of designing a web application for a company that deals with institutions, there are both the end-user facing site (what the schools will see and use), and the "behind-the-scenes" ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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Do Top Rated / Most Popular sorting features drive more conversions?

I'm trying to design an ecommerce concept around the idea that good sorting increases conversions. It's just an assumption, but based on my experiences and a few conversations, I'm wondering if an ...
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Fixed footer vs non-fixed footer in mobile web app

On a web-app, a fixed footer creates a performance issue, as the response and sensitivity is not quite as good as native app. But we have some important controls at the footer level like adding items ...