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Do websites still have to support Internet Explorer 8 and below? [closed]

BACKGROUND I am about to launch my website. It's an academic site with expected user base consisting mainly of academics. It looks good in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE10 and above. I just sent ...
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Make user aware that he cannot enter arbitrary values into textbox?

In my current web project I have a textbox where the user can enter a bid for an auction. However, to prevent bidding of arbitrary sums, only certain values that match predetermined intervals are ...
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Do people use `jump to top of page` links?

I'm talking about links or buttons at the bottom of the page or screen simply linking to the top of the website. Is there any data on that? Are they used more frequently on long pages? What about ...
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Are HTTP error codes user-friendly?

Why do we still have these HTTP error codes? For me it seems like they are completely useless for the user (not for all but most of them). It says nothing helpful (look at the screenshot above, it ...
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Should I manually hyperlink phone numbers using “tel:” on my websites?

In code, you have the ability to make a phone number on a website into a link by prepending the phone number in the href with a "tel:" So, for example, you can create a link to 800-867-5309 with the ...
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Why this timed-hover “like button”?

I recently caught "Where Good Ideas Come From" by Stephen Johnson on Alex Hillman's blog, and was intrigued by Alex's unique implementation of a 'like button'. Behaviour The element's initial state: ...
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Does adding a click count next to a hyperlink enhance the user experience?

What is the main purpose behind Discourse's link click count?
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How to showcase UX work?

Presenting your UX design on the portfolio is more than just showing off some screenshots of the wireframe or finished graphics. I am just wondering what your thoughts are on the ideal way to display ...
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Is it worth having custom 404 pages for different features of a web app?

We've seen a lot of beautiful custom error pages for server errors such as 404 and 503, but it seems like each site or app has just has one for whatever page you cannot reach. Is it in anyway ...
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Are users confused by the file upload element?

I have a fairly standard profile editing page (password, email, etc.) that contains one standard file input element. Since the file input field is the last editable field in the form, the submit ...
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Should we be using the new TLDs (.coffee, .international) instead of the traditional TLDs (.com, .org)?

It seems like certain TLDs tend to have a negative connotation to them, at least among my peers, such as .info, .us, .biz. I'm not exactly sure why, but I personally don't tend to trust .biz domains ...
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When is double-clicking appropriate for the web?

I recently saw a website that required the user to double-click an item in a scrolling list to 'open' it for editing. It surprised me, as I don't usually think double-click is appropriate for ...
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Dashed underline on required fields

I am working on a massive user registration form for a web application for my company. We have been discussing different ways of alerting the user that a field is required for registration. As of ...
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Difference - Font and Typeface

I would like to know the difference between a font and a typeface. If anyone could please help me. I tried to Google it, but I can't understand that in general, Why the term 'Fonts' is used rather ...
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How to represent that a video has no audio?

It would be useful to know that a video (played on a web page) has no audio before starting to watch it. Benefits: Users wouldn't have to pause other audio sources (music player; audio/video ...
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Do web users understand the 'sandwich icon' for side bar when used on a desktop site?

I'm aware that the usage of the sandwich icon and side bar for mobile apps is wide-spread and well known by the users (so it seems, anyway), like this one from the Facebook app: I'm developing an ...
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Accordion in a webapp - Should I allow more than one open?

I have several long forms in my web application. I thought about using an accordion design to save unused space in the form (The form is already split into several sections) download bmml ...
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Should i optimize my website for non-javascript users?

I have been working on a website which relies mainly on Ajax calls and jQuery to provide a rich user interface. Though the site looks just fine without JavaScript enabled. Some Features like Login and ...
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Best practices for long “alt” text and the vision-impaired?

One of my Stack Exchange communities is currently cleaning up its missing image alt text for the benefit of those who use the site with screen readers. We understand that the alt text we add will be ...
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Why do websites use “you are being redirected…” pages?

Frequently after logging in a website - specially old ones - I see the following: Welcome! You are being redirected, please click here if your browser does not redirect you. And similar pages ...
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Secure but still usable license key retrieval mechanism?

I just had a very interesting conversation with a support rep of a software product that I love (and which shall remain anonymous here). They use product keys for licensing, and in case the user ...
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How do I choose between disabled input fields and plain text for a read only view?

For displaying a readonly details views of a certain item on a website, is there a general rule to choose between disabled input fields or labels/plain text? In this situation, first an overview of ...
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Do people really read parallax scrolling homepages?

First, let me define what I mean by parallax scrolling homepage with a few examples: Google's Nexus 5: http://www.google.com/nexus/5/ Sony USA: http://discover.store.sony.com/be-moved/ Koa Water: ...
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Is the browser back button still the second most used navigation feature?

In 1999 Jakob Nielsen stated that "the Back button is the lifeline of the Web user and the second-most used navigation feature (after following hypertext links)". But the web has evolved since then, ...
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What's the official name of concept of input boxes with tags?

I'm looking for an implementation and the (official) name of this kind of control where it's a inputbox where we can add multiple tags into it. By example, it is used in JIRA like this capture (and ...
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Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...
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Add question form - mark answer as correct

In a web-app quiz form used to add new questions (with answers) for the app, how should I indicate to the user to mark an answer as correct? Currently you mark an answer as correct by clicking the ...
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Hover state on mobile: Does this sync interaction design on the web and mobile?

I read this news article a while back about apple patenting a touch screen technology that would allow for a hover state. Ever since I have been thinking a lot about how that might effect the mobile ...
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How to display misspelled words on search results?

Since 1996 Jakob Nielsen annually publishes a list of "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design". The top mistake in the latest list is Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In 2005 Bad Search was listed ...
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Login for multiple users

What is the best way to make a login form for multiple users? I'll give you an example for your understanding: If we have three different type of users, for example, teachers, students and ...
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Convention for showing that one of two web form inputs are required? [duplicate]

It's a common convention in web form design to mark required fields with an asterisk. Is there any way to denote that one of a pair of fields is required? In other words, a form like this: ...
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Forms: Ensuring the next button is always above the fold in multiple page forms

I'm designing forms in a PPC / landing page style format where the user has arrived from an ad on a search engine page - this user is very likely to be interested in the product that I'm offering. ...
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Are there names for patterns within UI styles?

Are there names or guides to classify similarities or reoccurring style patterns within UI? For example, Retro, Legal, etc. Example of UI patterns used in login forms: Indented outlines ...
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What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?

People who cannot read or write are named "illiterate". Does a word exist to qualify someone in the same position but about using a computer or a web application? This term would be really usefull ...
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Is it acceptable to contact a potential customer who has accessed your site, using their IP?

We run ad campaigns to attract potential customers to our website. Sometimes customers click, but don't make contact. Is it acceptable to reach out to these customers, based on the public info ...
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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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Omiting label element on self-explanatory form

I have a form that consists of an input box and a button. The button says "Search". For sighted users, it seems that no label element is required for the input box as it is obvious that you enter ...
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Linking into an infinite scrollable stream

I have a web app that contains a stream of entries with a "more..." button at the bottom that loads in older entries. If one of the entries is selected then the right panel displays details on that ...
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Are SSL certificates needed to get the trust of a visitor, even if no data is sent?

An SSL certificate can be used to encrypt data. I see a lot of websites that use an SSL certificate, even though they don't need to encrypt data since no confidential data is sent. Why do they do ...
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Refresh button on a website

Is it useful/sensible to display a 'Refresh' button on a website's page (simple page, not dialog!), like the picture below? First I thought it's a good idea, but know I start to think it's not so ...
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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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How to let users know of a new feature available throughout the website?

We are considering making our product's feature available as an add-on that websites can enable within themselves. Any help with the following is appreciated: What are some effective ways of ...
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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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Guidelines/best practices for CSS hover animations in web UI

What, if any, are the accepted guidelines and/or best practices for using CSS animated transitions on hover in a web-based user interface? When does it start to simply become annoying and ...
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Is there any underlying rule/paradigm for UI that prefers LACK of animation, as in a game?

There are plenty of questions/answers discussing when/where to optionally include animation in an app. Now it comes to the point, there is almost ubiquitous animation all over media. Even a few ...
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“Right arrow” meaning for blind users

I have a menu with right arrows next to the elements that have child pages under them. The child items are not displayed in the menu, the arrow only indicates to the user that after they navigate to ...
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Responsive website UI mockups for different devices and screens?

Traditionally for UI designs, we usually do the mockups and UI layouts in Photoshop, then give it to the programmers. The UI would usually be 1920 x 1080 or 1024 x 768 or other common resolutions. ...
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Is it acceptable to open a modal popup on top of another modal popup? [duplicate]

On the web, is it wise to allow a modal popup (B) to be opened from another modal popup (A)? If modal popup B were to be closed, the user would again be viewing modal popup A. I am asking as I can ...
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How should removed pages be handled in e-commerce sites?

On my e-commerce website I create many sale event/campaign related categories which are put offline after a specific event/campaign is over. Lots of customers bookmarks those category page and then ...
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Should the logout button redirect to the last page or to the home page?

On an information-centric website that also has content only accessible for logged-in users, what should happen after the user logs out? I see two possibilities: Redirect to / stay on the page the ...