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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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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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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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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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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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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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948 views

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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586 views

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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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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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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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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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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990 views

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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How can I incorporate IAB advertising banner standards in a 960 grid layout?

When I try to prototype a website thinking in the IAB display advertising guidelines using a grid system (960gs - 10-60-10) the only banner that fits in a 3 column space it's the half banner (300x250) ...
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Scroll Down Menu

Lets say I have a scroll down menu with ten options. That menu comes down when a user hovers over a link. Problem is...When the menu comes down, it covers a bit of the text beneath it on the ...
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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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Affordance of ContentEditable elements (without changing the background)

Context I want to use the ContentEditable attribut instead of classic inputs. It sounds like a duplicate of Affordance of Edit In Place functionality, but actually I would like to avoid the changing ...
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Matrix question type in mobile

I am working on a tool for conducting surveys through the web. One of the most common question types is represented with a table, where the column and row headers form the question, and the rest of ...
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Re-skinning web apps: Yes or no?

During Phase 1 of our current web project—a site with thousands of pages and 38 legacy web applications for several groups of users—we're focusing on content strategy and implementing a CMS. The web ...
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What's the best way to open links from widgets?

I have a portal consists of set of widgets, each widget contains a block of data and a link to an application . it appears like this .My question is : what 's the best user experience to open the ...
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A Web Enabled Desktop App

So you know how the whole web 2.0 moment is about moving native desktop software to the cloud in the form of web applications, with UI being rendered through a web browser, data being pushed through ...
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How to drive conversion in a website?

I've built a website for a startup. The websites purpose is to convert the visitors (mostly iPhone developers) to register to the beta of the SDK that the website presents. Out of about 100 visitors ...
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2answers
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tab menu + side panel - how to organize menu and “context menu”

I have a dashboard, with tab menu (tabs over the content) and a side panel with a vertical menu. My question is. i would like to make one menu (tab or side panel) as first level menu and the other ...
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Color Scheme for an Older Demographic

I have a couple of questions: Is this color scheme too distracting for a senior demographic? Do you think the blue puts enough emphasis on the "buy now" button? Or does is not stand out enough from ...
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Recommend UI modifications [closed]

I am looking to modify the "faceted filter" on our schedule page and would like some input on what kind of UI elements I could use to enhance the experience. The current one is woefully bad and the ...
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When dragging large elements - will an equally large placeholder hinder Usability?

I am designing a Web Sortable (via D&D) Interface. When you drag an element I would like to have the placeholder indicate where the element will be dropped. The problem is, if I want to move a ...