Website design involves the structure of websites, information architecture, the layout and pages, and the conceptual design.

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Drawbacks of auto “focusing” on a web page's text field (JavaScript)

Do you guys know any drawback of focusing on a text field on a web page ? It's pretty useful when you know users will use this text field more than others (like on the google homepage), but it's a bit ...
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Font sizes for WCAG2.0 AAA

Anyone know what the WCAG2.0 definition of 'Normal' and 'Large' fonts are, as they relate to the AA and AAA levels? I've googled and read the WCAG site and docs but unless I'm being really stupid ...
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If an iPhone can't use it, is it bad UI?

Question: If an iPhone user has trouble using a website, does that mean the UI is intrinsically bad? Examples of trouble: Here are some examples of where a website can give users trouble when ...
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Seasonal changes to the user interface? [closed]

Partially adapting the UI for the holidays is not an uncommon practice. This is also humorously known as the season of: "the client wants snow on the logo". Do you have any good, funny or dreadful ...
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what is the best UI for multiselect from a heirarchy of data

i have a hierarchy of data and i need to create a UI to pick from this list. the data is structured something like an org chart where teams have parent teams. team seven team three --team one --team ...
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User friendly method of arranging replies in a site that takes the two most voted replies and place them on the top?

Basically, I'm building a site that has a liking/voting system like Youtube (it places the most voted comments on the top. But is harder than I imagined, for instance, I've been facing the situation ...
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Web comic site with three languages?

I want to start a web comic site like this one. But I want users to see English, Spanish and Chinese at the same time (so they can also learn). Not sure how to arrange that. I want the user to feel ...
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Which of the following layouts is better in terms of design and usability (Online date renting site)?

This is proposal number one: This is proposal number two: Which one is better in term of design, usability, accessibility, and visual appeal?
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Need a better way to list events

Our site, http://www.racedayworld.com has events that you can register for which are listed in a table with sortable rows ... I'm basically not too enthused with the design, but can't think of ...
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DPI independent UI for webpages

For almost a decade, before LCD became the norm, screens used to be 72 or 96 DPI (Usually only found on Trinitron displays). However, now 120 and 144 DPI displays are quite common. With the coming of ...
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Top list of the most down-voted items. How to avoid user confusion?

Context: web application. I have a list of items, each one with up and down arrows (a la reddit) but my list doesn't shows the most up-voted items, but the most down-voted (technically it's ordered ...
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what do you think design an on-line newspaper?

I got a practice project to design a online version for a printed newspaper. The basically thing is to reorganize the information, and the navigation would deal with this. What others do you think is ...
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Keyboard shortcuts overriding default browser action

I'd like to add some keyboard shortcuts to my website. How severely is usability affected if I override the default browser behavior? CTRL+B: bolds the text instead of open bookmarks. CTRL+N: go to ...
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A suggestion/complaint selection page for 3 languages

I want to create a web page from which a user can select the language and if its a suggestion or a complaint, I was thinking of creating six links, two for each language one to take him to the ...
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When would I use HSLa over RGBa? What are the benefits with HSLa?

I recently learned about the HSLa format for specifying colors with CSS3. When would I use HSLa over RGBa? Here are two articles that briefly talk about it: http://css-tricks.com/yay-for-hsla/ ...
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Should I use a banner-like or logo-like header in this website I'm designing? (based on aestetics and ui-design principles)

This is proposal number one: This is proposal number two: In terms of aesthetics, professionalism, and balance of colors, and ui-design principles, and how it fits the current layout. Which one ...
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Progressive images = Better user experience?

Do progressive images give a better user experience generally for browser based web applications?
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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How does one create Website UI guidelines? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How did you create design guidelines for your organization? What points do you need to consider while writing the UI guidelines for a website. How much in depth should ...
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Best way to align text on a website?

Curious about text alignment on websites. For a blog, for example, is it better to have left-aligned or justified text? I like the look of justified text but I'm not sure if there's any downsides to ...
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Suggesting options without limiting input?

When designing a page for adding a new software project to a website, one of the information I want to ask is the project's license. Since most projects will probably fall under a small set of ...
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What are some good User Interface words/phrases

I'm a programmer, and I come across the issue of naming UI elements on web pages often. What are some good words/phrases? Like: Dialog popup Modal Window Alert Box Image carousel Is there a ...
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Is it correct to sometimes capitalize words mid-sentence in computer user interfaces?

I've noticed that many sites and user interfaces tend to capitalize certain words or sentences like so: Choose File Select a File to Upload Account Settings How to Format but in some other ...
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On date select field, should the weekday be displayed after selection ?

I have a date selection field in a reservation field. The standard popin calendar is there to help users select a date, with a the top the weekday names in short form. After the day is selected, there ...
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Suggestions for menu mockup with “user options”

I currently have the following mockup for a menu of a web application. I like the left hand side with the main menus and their sub fly out menus. What I'm not sure about is the right hand side. I'd ...
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Geek-friendly website design for a software shop [closed]

We are in the process of branding our start up. Our target customers are technology shops around the world. Thus we want our logo and website's look and feel to be appealing to techies and geeks (Not ...
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Simple design for a phpBB forum [closed]

I'm looking for some examples for a better design of phpBB. I would like to redesign a forum which is targeted to people with a minimal experience with forums. Now the forum isn't working well. No ...
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Search box in header or body?

I am designing recruitment sire where focus is not to search job but to write resume .As I know focus is on resume writing service , I have option to place job search box in header or down after ...
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What we should write inside “Search box”?

What we should write inside "Search box"? Blank (noting) Search ....Search Search here Enter you search term Type here....... Or something else.
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HTML buttons vs hyperlinks for navigation

When creating an overall site style guide, how do you determine when a button or a hyperlink should be for something other than navigation? I see many time with the heavy usage of jQuery and AJAX, ...
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HTML templates for web applications [closed]

There are a lot of sites with free templates for homepages. These are often too simple for web applications, which have sometimes a lot of deeper nested content. For example. An application view ...
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Is there a site where I can vote for usability issues in well-known software to be fixed? [closed]

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this question - of course I am willing to move/delete it if requested. I wonder if there is a site where well-known usability issues in popular software ...
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Inline sharing URLs

What's the purpose of these inline URLs? Why clutter the interface when people can easily copy and paste their browser's address bar? Google Maps Google Maps does not change the browser address bar ...
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Change text color when hovering over hyperlink

Should the text color change when hovering over a hyperlink? I usually change my hyperlinks to a lighter shade of blue upon hover. a:link { color: #0088cc; } a:hover { color: #0099dd; } I ...
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One website for multiple client resolutions

I keep thinking that although creating a single website for multiple client resolutions or screen sizes might be hard work, it's far more maintainable than creating a separate website for each device ...
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External link warnings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: External links: Whether & how to distinguishing them from internal links, and to open them What would be the best method of warning a user that the link they are ...
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Is it necessary to double-check a user's password on registration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? (Migrated from Stack Overflow) Do you find it necessary/worthwhile to make a user repeat his ...
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What objective qualities or elements of a website design can help build trust with users?

I've seen some anecdotal evidence of trust seals or security badge helping improve conversions on ecommerce sites by boosting the user's confidence in the site. Companies like Verisign, TrustGuard, ...
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Is it a bad idea to have input fields after password on a login form?

I was intrigued by this statement by @DanWilson on Twitter: All Web Developers: Never Ever Ever put anything after the password box and before submit button on a form. Tab MUST go directly ...
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Labeling an advertisement

Management at my company said we needed to start labeling our ads. We need to make it clear that an ad is not part of our site by putting the word "advertisement" near the ad. (A) Is labeling ads ...
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Best practices for a sidebar on a blog

I see a lot of blogs that seem to have really cluttered sidebars, with a ton of additional widgets, navigation, etc, that I never find myself using. What are some tips for things that make good ...
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Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? [closed]

Does this site use a good UI for shopping cart? How do you drop something in the cart? Is it intuitive enough to be used?
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Japanese people hate my site [closed]

I did some A/B testing on how language translations affect the ability for people to install a browser plugin. I got around 20 languages professionally translated. I use Javascript to default to the ...
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Who designs great UIs with usability testing?

If you want to make a usability expert twitchy and uncomfortable, ask her how companies like Apple can create acclaimed, wildly successful, and usable products using top-down design without ...
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UI design app for programmers.

I am looking to do some basic UI elements for my website, eg a logo. I am not looking for anything really fancy, something like: and this sort of things. Besides photoshop, was program do you ...
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How or where to add an explanatory legend without the use of asterisk?

We are currently working on improving an online e-commerce website, and recently we bumped into the issue of adding an explanatory legend that had not previously been requested. There's a product ...
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one page websites

Yes or No ? Why ? Why not ? I'm thinking of making my future project a one page website. It's not going to be something simple. I want to include membership, comments and views in the same page or in ...
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How should I allow my members to delete their membership from my site?

What is the best way to allow a member to delete their account if they wish to not be a member of our community? Should I simply have them click a delete button on the site? What other measures should ...
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How many CSS Files should there be for one website? [closed]

Well, the title is my question. I (the programmer) want exactly one for caching and compressing reasons but my designer keeps sending me separate files for each site. Maybe there's a designer point ...
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Speed enhancement at the expense of not working with JS turned off

I have an image gallery that currently loads the images using standard img tags and since it has a lot of large images it loads quite slow. I can speed things up by having the gallery script ...