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

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Separate administration pages vs. front-end integrated administration

I was wondering if there have been any studies on this topic. Which one do most users prefer? For example, Wordpress separates the front-end views from the site administration views. Different theme ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What Is the Best Approach To Minimalist Buttons (Icons)?

My web app, like most, is trying to utilize as much space as possible by trying to use an icon as a button to perform specific tasks. I have quite a few that would make for a pretty obscure button, ...
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Can customisable dashboards in web-apps enhance user experience?

I'm currently in the process of redesigning the dashboard for one of our products. One of the requests I've received so far is that it should be customisable. Instinctively, I oppose the idea as I ...
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Elements running from the viewport perimeter, is there a name for that functionality?

So you know how if you right click on your desktop, the menu will appear either at the top-left, top-right, bottom-left, bottom-right depending on where your cursor is on the page? (<select> ...
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DatePicker UX for single and multiple calendar mode

I have a situation where I have to use same datepicker/calendar to do single date selection and multiple date selection in two different modes in the same page. I thought of a solution where the ...
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Voting System - Which Symbols to use

A lot of sites out there allow their users to either vote-up or vote-down content to determine both it's quality and relevance (just like this one!). My question is which set of symbols would be more ...
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Which is the better user experience for a web app: an integrated support ticket module or a separate app?

I am building a new web app which hopefully will be subscription based, and I am wondering what will be better: to develop a quick ticket module or redirect user to separate knowledgebase / ...
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Client wants me to copy the Google Apps UI style for a web app I'm building - is this okay?

So, the organisation I work in use Google Apps for our email, calendars and docs. The staff have gradually got used to using it and are now comfortable with the UI. I've been asked to develop a ...
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How should a small team begin to address usability/UX for a web application when it hasn't been a focus in the past?

I've recently become product manager for a small team - our product is a business management software (HR, Estimating, Contracts, etc). In a survey of our current user base, Usability improvement is ...
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How to display an error log/report for user?

My web application is supposed to display the trace and a error report after process and shows for each uploaded files all the errors and operations accomplished. Here's a simplified and really ...
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How to make users expect app-like features on a website?

I have a website with some app-like features like drag and drop. I use the standard indicators for these features, but testers don't discover them in user tests. When these features are pointed out, ...
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confusing software-install flow for web-app

I am working on a web-app that has an application to listen to audio. The problem is the playback software requires another piece of software just for the items to be placed on the playback software. ...
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Best way to allow registration to an invite only web app?

I'm in the process of planning a web app which will offer an advice service to people who earn above a certain salary threshold. The thinking is that the new users will be procured through their ...
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Animation with a vertical Toolbar?

We have a web mapping application (Flex), that our clients can use from anywhere between 10min to 5hrs a day. It is simulating a desktop application (think similar to Photoshop) and users select from ...
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Hyperlink at the top of page with smooth scroll to a form at the bottom

I've been tasked with creating 3 new web pages for our site. Each page has a hyperlink above the fold that takes the user to a form at the bottom of the page just above the footer. None of these pages ...
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How can I style an editable text area so that its purpose is implicit?

I considered a skeuomorph using yellow paper with lines but it seemed tacky and didn't fit the overall design of the page. The textarea fills an entire "panel" on the page just like other panels of ...
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Representing a plugboard in a web interface

I'm currently making an enigma machine in JavaScript (early working prototype here). I've now just reached the stage where I need to implement the plugboard. Now the plugboard is a set of 26 ...
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master/detail view blank state/detail view when nothing is selected

I have a following view/form: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Basically it is a form where I can fill out some information for a new record. When the ...
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Admin interfaces for reporting data

I am trying to design how an assigned administrator for a web app that manages students and audiobooks, can generate a report to view the data in longituginal graph. The admin can either view ...
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When is it ok to have two different layouts for the same page inside a web application?

I have a page inside the application that will be displayed inside a popup on other page. Since the page was not designed for the popup size I wanted to create a compact view for it. Would this be ...
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Is there any problem having a left scrollbar on a 2-panel web window?

I'm building a web interface with two panels. On the right one there would be a map, on the left one there would be some places, similar to Google Maps. We are considering having the scrollbar of the ...
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Is there a particular reason contextual content areas and menus aren't more prevalent in web applications?

I'm developing a user-driven sandbox application, wherein the user (more or less) builds their interface. In my preliminary web design drafts, I've found myself favoring a contextual content area at ...
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What video players/sites are fully accessible?

I am in need of a video player that is fully accessible, but I'm hoping not to have to code it from scratch. How accessible are the youtube/vimeo players? are there other ones pre-made online that ...
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Should the comments/discussion slide-in from the side?

I'm implementing something similar to source control (like GitHub for flow charts) where users will have a list of changes that can be submitted. On this review page they can click on a change to see ...
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Idea management system for a feedback portal

I am making an idea management system using Ruby on Rails and Twitter Bootstrap. This is a static mockup I have created. Here is how the system is supposed to work The comments will be managed ...
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Is it better to have a modal or an inline entry for a table?

I have a styled table containing first and last names in each column and nothing else. As part of the usage of my app, people will be entering names. Should I: Have the "add" button launch a ...
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Should a “windows-desktop style” interface be recreated in a browser app?

I have project where I need to design & build a complex interface to sit on top of an ASP.NET/MVC4 back-end and run as a web-based application in a browser. The client has an existing "sister ...
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Are in-app tabs bad practice?

I have certain advanced use cases of a web-app that can be handled by allowing users to open details of items in new tabs (i.e. a single page app with an unlimited row of in-app tabs which imitate the ...
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What function keys can be safely used for a web app?

I'm creating a small web app and I want to be able to toggle it on and off via a keyboard shortcut. I would like to use one of the function keys (F1–F12). I'm planning on overriding F4, F8 or ...
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How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing ...
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Do the concepts of typographic scale and vertical rhythm apply equally to print media and web apps?

I have been learning about these two fundamental concepts and I see how beneficial they are for print media (including 'digital print' like blogs and webzines.) do these concepts apply equally to ...
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How to explain Login with OpenID to end users, good models to follow?

I have an analytic app for data-oriented professionals. For authentication it offers social login (Sign in with Google, LinkedIn, Twitter) or "Email me a signin link" (like Forgot my Password ...
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Communicating changes and new feature in my web application

We are currently in the early phases of developing a web application for a client. We have regular sprint demo's during which we take the client through the new features and changes from the last ...