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

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Automatically redirecting to mobile app from home page?

We have an iPhone app that is our main focus. We have an informational website (3 pages). And we just created a mobile web version of the iPhone app for Android and other smartphone users. Our debate ...
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How often is too often to do focus groups while designing a web app?

I'm trying to come up with a strategy for putting together focus groups while designing a web application, but I'm starting to wonder how often is too often to do focus groups? In my mind, they would ...
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Why doesn't YouTube append the video title to the video URL?

How come YouTube doesn't append the video title to the video URL? I know they are owned by Google so good SEO isn't exactly necessary, but from a user experience stand point it makes much more sense. ...
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Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The ...
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How to properly layout multiple interactive controls using best UX pattern?

I'm working to redesign an existing page that generates reports, based on user selections. Currently, this is a rough draft of the page layout: The user must always begin at 1 and that selection ...
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Mobile WebApp - Gradient vs. flat regarding UX

Recently, I've looked at a lot of sites to figure out patterns used in mobile web design. I've noticed that if the app is using lists or buttons, most designs use a gradient background. Is there any ...
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Best usability: visual presets or simple action?

I'm working on a webapp that lets designers generate CSS through an intuitive interface. Right now I'm working on the Shadows panel and I can't decided which option has the most versatile usability. ...
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When given the choice on a website; are people more likely to download the app or keep using the browser?

When you go to Zappos.com on an iOS device you're greeted with a splash screen saying "We made an App!" and it gives you the choice to "Download Now" or "No Thanks, I'll just use the browser." I was ...
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How to handle lots of space with little content in a web app?

Currently I'm working on creating an interface for a web application. The main menu is at the top, a sub-menu is collapsible on the left side and another collapsible bar (pretty thin) on the right ...
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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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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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Wayfinding and Orientation on Nonlinear site structure?

I have an interesting quandary. We are building a web application that is structured in a way whereby there are many ways to get to the "destination" pages. Some pages can also be part of multiple ...
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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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Adding a state to a control that indicates a row hasn't been saved yet

I'm working on a web application that users use to approve a bunch of items from a list. Imagine, say, an expense report that someone has to approve every item that's listed. Currently, the system ...
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What are some good examples of well-illustrated web apps? [closed]

Sites out there like Vimeo and CarWoo do a really good job of incorporating illustrations as primary design elements. Are there any others out there that you like?
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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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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In this article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Total redesign for already established app?

Usability is not excellent, and stylesheets are inconsistent. What's the best way to deal with this ?
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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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Styling Labels for a Line-of-Business Web Application

I'm looking for some guidance on how labels should be styled for a data entry web application. My client feels that the labels detract from the user interface where I feel they provide necessary ...
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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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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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Where to put a global “add item” button?

We're adding a global "Add new X" button to our application (it will show a CRUD form for an activity, the fundamental "thing" in our app). We want it to be clickable from anywhere in the application ...
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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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upgrade-friendly visual treatment for features disabled in the free version of a freemium product

My company is preparing to launch a "freemium" web application for business users. Most of the surface area of the app will be enabled in the free version, but a few features (e.g. ability to assign ...
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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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What is the best way to improve the experience of a product with existing user base?

I'm researching for a product (web app) that I intend to improve which has a sizable user base that logs in on a regular basis. The existing product was not thought through design-wise and needs a ...
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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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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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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 ...