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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 ...
5
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3answers
302 views

What is the term for a pop-up box that fades away but remains accessible at all times?

Workday seems to have implemented a really slick feature. A pop-up box appears that has the following features a) It fades away when not in focus but not quite fully. Transparent I would say b) It ...
9
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3answers
303 views

How to make users leave out optional fields when they don't have anything interesting to fill in?

I am working on a CRUD application for describing tumor models. A tumor model is the description of an experiment an oncology researcher did with lab animals. There are a lot of possibilities of what ...
0
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2answers
174 views

Correctly manage user's settings

I am working on a system that connects a client to a database. I am both in control of the client (written in C#) and the database (most functionality is written in pgSQL). Users have to log in in my ...
0
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5answers
246 views

Correct use of Ribbons in Windows program

I need some advice on the correct use of Ribbons in desktop applications. The program I'm working on is for a clinic, I have done a simple mockup below to make it easier to visualize. My client wants ...
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3answers
2k views

Are <,> or “Previous,Next” buttons better for form navigation in iOS 7?

Before iOS 7 form navigation in iOS 6 Safari was handled by a "Previous,Next" segmented control just above the keyboard. But with iOS 7 they are replaced with arrows "<,>". However in the iOS ...
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2answers
513 views

iOS App: Ask users to enter their email id

My app doesn't need the user to register. However I would like to get the email id of the users who use my app. On the android version of my app, users have to enter their email id before they can use ...
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3answers
650 views

Responsive Menu Issue Bootstrap3

I have a Navigation Bar which has numerous content and we are using Bootstrap 3 to build a collapsible menu but that only works in the smallest screen. Any pointers on how can this be solved. When ...
3
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3answers
274 views

User and URL friendly object ids

One normal way to serve a list of items in a web app is like this: http://example.com/clients Where the clients part of the url, renders a list of all clients In previous apps clients had ...
4
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4answers
389 views

How can I show the user where they are in a non-hierarchical page structure?

I am working on an interface for a system which enables users to browse a large model of a business' processes. The many items in this model are arranged in a "net" structure. When viewing a single ...
0
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2answers
91 views

Should I provide login functionality in mobile version?

I am working on a mobile version of the new website for my company, if users visit my website on a mobile device/tablet, they will be asked whether the visitor wants to go to the mobile version or the ...
2
votes
3answers
491 views

Mobile menu button partially hidden or fully displayed?

rSo what are your thoughts on partially hidden menu buttons? More and more I seem to find this: replacing this: My opinion: PROS: eye-catching hints that menu is hidden on the left CONS: ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

Regarding mandatory mark placement before or after field [duplicate]

This is regarding the mandatory mark placement on labels. I am confused and want to know which is a right place to put a mandatory mark is it at the start of label or at the end? Regards.
0
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4answers
131 views

Boxing of Elements on a page

I have a coworker who loves to place every element on a page in a box. In the previous decade, he was enthralled with fieldsets and legends. Every grouping of data had to have a fancy outline around ...
2
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2answers
410 views

What is the difference between Mobile Banking and Tablet Banking in terms of Design and User Experience?

I am a researcher in a team that has developed a Mobile Banking app for Smartphones (iOS, Android and Windows Phone) and now there is a request to develop that same app for Tablets. I think smart ...
3
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3answers
170 views

Is it a good idea to set a different signal for performing a u-turn?

For a long time, I wondered why is there not a separate indication to signify a u-turn, e.g. the rear lights would have two segments for flickering lights - one spaced on top of the other - as to ...
2
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1answer
272 views

What's the point behind badges? Do they make the UX more pleasant?

I'm designing badges for a client's app (when users get a certain number of points, they get a badge). It seems like badges are used in nearly every type of challenge/game app. I understand that it's ...
0
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4answers
128 views

How to capture language of input?

I am making a Windows Phone application that scans barcodes of grocery items. If the barcode is not found I ask the user to fill in info such as name brand unit size I am mainly focusing on ...
5
votes
1answer
337 views

Is there any attempt to standardize a “cancel” action in elevator buttons?

I live in a country where only a few (I've heard of 2 or 3) elevators has the option to toggle back a pressed button in order to cancel the request. Of course, I'm waiting for all elevator buttons ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Partitioning people to friends, friends of friends and “strangers”

My website uses facebook data and each two users can be direct friends, have mutual friends, or none. I am trying to find the best word for this last group. "Stranger" seems kind of unfriendly. I also ...
3
votes
2answers
265 views

Allowing non-Latin characters in address fields?

I'm building a site which will allow users to enter physical street addresses. My primary target audience is US-based but I'd like the site to be global and also accommodate an international audience ...
49
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8answers
5k views

Why doesn't the space bar have anything written on it?

All the key on the keyboard have something written on them which more or less describes their functionality, except for, traditionally, the Space bar. Why don't the majority of keyboard space bar ...
1
vote
2answers
193 views

What do you call an experience where the navigation or menu is the only thing on a homepage?

For example. This design was used frequently when mobile websites first became a hit. I don't see it as much anymore but I'm considering using it for a web app I'm working on. Just wondering what ...
0
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2answers
365 views

Why are the characters on the keyboard all capitalized?

Why are all the letters (A, B etc) and all the writings (Home, Page Up etc) on the keyboard, capitalized? Especially, the letters, because a new user could rightly expect uppercase letters to be ...
3
votes
3answers
363 views

Validation on complex forms

I have a complex web form in CMS which consists of: few tabs; different elements on each tab; properties pane; components pane. The problem with validation is that not all UI elements are displayed at ...
6
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4answers
285 views

Should tab move through the contents of a tab container before moving between tabs?

I have a question about tabs (like containers, used to group information together) and tab ordering (used when pressing the tab key to move between elements on a page) in terms of accessibility and ...
1
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3answers
332 views

Is there a better way than a drop down HTML select to offer website users a long list of links to jump to?

I am creating a sort of jump page for my team. We need to be able to select from a list of about 20 - 30 portals to jump to from this page. Would the HTML select be the best way to offer that or, as ...
1
vote
4answers
146 views

Is extra (offtopic) content on the website considered welcome or annoying? [closed]

I'll talk about my specific case (problem), but I suppose the same answer can be applied to anything similar. Also, I'm trying to focus on first impressions, since it's fairly new site, and still ...
5
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3answers
322 views

Single-character convention for weekdays?

In the ever challenging pursuit of simplifying visuals for Users, an issue came up while web developing. It is a relative simple issue: I want to offer Users a selection for weekdays using only one ...
2
votes
5answers
694 views

Do people expect to mistype their passwords?

I expect people have to type in passwords pretty regularly. Sometimes if you haven't typed it in for a while but end up faced with a login prompt, you think you remember the password, type it in, and ...
2
votes
3answers
251 views

Responsive website or not given this statistics?

Background I am about to redevelop a health-related website which has the following user statistics: 80% users from hospitals and counties (90% of these use IE8 on Desktop PCs) 20% public users such ...
0
votes
1answer
102 views

Standard margins for full-screen text editor

I would like to present a full-screen text editor. Are there any standard rules for calculating the side and top and bottom margins based on the screen size and possibly font size? I'm particularly ...
0
votes
3answers
112 views

Scrollable menu, login button vs login/password input

Which would be more engaging for the user a clikable button in a scrollable menu -( log in - expanding to a dropdown) or two input- fields: login and password and additionaly a login button?
7
votes
5answers
288 views

The side help bar is being missed by our users. How do I refuse a screen judder?

I'm designing a page which has a side help drawer for users. I.e. the users click on the 'help' text on the right hand side, and a drawer flies in from the right. The page is long so the 'help' drawer ...
0
votes
2answers
160 views

How would you filter a list of many items?

When I go to UX job interviews, I very often get asked this question: How would you display a big list of many items and many filters / filter criteria? For example: consider a huge list of items ...
1
vote
1answer
70 views

How relevant is for a user the amount or batch of results shown?

In a scenario with for a specific search, a preliminary design has been paginated in large batches of around 300 results and, besides showing the number of results obtained, it also showed the range ...
1
vote
1answer
763 views

How to handle the Drill Down Navigation for Responsive Application on Mobile?

I am working on a Responsive Web App. It provides summary across different verticals. To view details of a vertical user can drill down. So far the drill down goes till level 5. The Navigation for ...
0
votes
4answers
358 views

“Double menu problem” - Web application within website?

I am looking for ideas on how to bridge the externally facing part of a website with the logged in version. The externally facing website is fairly regular with a horizontal menu and a number of ...
154
votes
2answers
22k views

Why do movie posters use credit fonts that are hard to read?

Many contemporary movie posters typeset the credits in an extremely thin font: Is this just out of convention or is there a particular reason for deliberately making the credits hard to read?
1
vote
2answers
229 views

Lightbox Gallery Thumbnail Indicators

I have a CMS-based website with the ability to add lightbox galleries to blog posts. Galleries can have one or more images and will be represented in the body of the post by a thumbnail of the first ...
1
vote
2answers
154 views

Are window interaction buttons on the right bad for cross-platform apps with a custom border deployed on a Mac?

I am developing a cross-platform application with a custom border. The window interactions buttons (minimize/maximize/close) are in the top right, like Windows. However, when the application is run on ...
3
votes
1answer
163 views

Studies about yellow increasing readership of technical materials?

I have read contradictory opinions on this topics. In general it is thought that yellow is an intellectual color. The problem is that most of the "studies" seem very pseudo-scientific. Some point out ...
1
vote
2answers
135 views

Changing filters/sort order after editing the query of a search

In many websites, like this one or YouTube for example, after you've done a search (ex. http://ux.stackexchange.com/search?q=something) you can click an option to sort the results by a different ...
3
votes
4answers
861 views

Should US State be a dropdown or text field

For address entry forms, should "State" be a text field or a dropdown? Personally, I find a 2-character text field to be much faster to fill out than selecting from a dropdown. However, the majority ...
1
vote
2answers
209 views

Using email app to read onsite messages good or bad?

I am developing a system to serve the purpose of communication between specific users already registered on site. It will be part of a little social functionality. Will it be a good to have the ...
1
vote
1answer
150 views

Button Styling to Indicate Severity of Action?

I am designing a multi-page form for creating course proposals at a university. Once the record for the proposal is created, the user has a variety of different options for what to do for the ...
3
votes
1answer
156 views

Percent vs. Numeric Values for Voting Systems

I plan on building a voting system for rating objects using a thumbs up or a thumbs down. The question is this does it entice users to vote more when viewing the total amount of votes represented as a ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

I'm trying to design an accounts creatin system with two levels of administrators

I'm working on a ERG application for a high school debate program. I need to be able to create accounts for each user, but there are issues with the number of administrators involved. Firstly, a ...
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votes
1answer
90 views

Anonymity / free vs trust [closed]

This is a two-part question. I'm going to pick on Craigslist, but I think it applies to other sites as well. One of the drawbacks to free/anonymous posting is the amount of spam (including ...
2
votes
2answers
930 views

Single choice design - pop up dialog or drop down list

I was wondering, if we were intent to let users make a choice, which UI/UX design is better, and why? - Pop up dialog or drop down list? Pop up dialog Drop down list The reason I ask so is ...

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