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Warn desktop user of draggable website

I'm building a site that uses the jQuery iScroll plugin in the main navigation system. (http://lab.cubiq.org/iscroll/examples/simple/). Please note that the plugin is not exactly drag-n-drop. Right ...
4
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2answers
140 views

Forgiveness Enabled Dialog Pattern?

I'm working in some workflows, and we've caught a number of possible exceptions (before actually implementing) that might allow the user to correct their actions. We're debating between just sending ...
2
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3answers
131 views

Forcing users to use a new password everytime they reset

This is getting common that while resetting one's password, web-applications force users not to use a password which they had used before. Just like forcing users to follow a particular pattern of ...
1
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2answers
135 views

Proper web UI elements to select interval between snapshots?

Let us assume that I have a system where temperature, humidity, rain, etc. measurements are recorded at certain dates & times for certain locations (let us call them "snapshots"). This is just ...
3
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1answer
89 views

Predecessor having a bad influence on file saving method

There is a program which downloads a bunch of data, generates something like a report/save file from this data, and saves it to disk. I guess the best user experience with saving the data will be the ...
11
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2answers
306 views

Should primary click/tap action be listed in contextual menu as well?

Contextual menus are a nice way to extend the number of actions that can be performed directly on an item. However, the primary action is sometimes doubled there, usually listed as the first one. ...
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2answers
56 views

Should Checked-in People be disabled, or non-checkedin people

I am designing a backend roster system. The administrator scans the users barcode and then records the time they checked in. My question is which group of people should look disabled? My thinking ...
3
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3answers
3k views

Navigation bar vs toolbar in iPad and related controls

I'm getting a bit confused with navigation bars and toolbars when migrating from iPhone to iPad, since toolbars in iPad seem to be moved to the top, as described in iOS Human Interface Guidelines, so ...
2
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1answer
152 views

Listing of a schedule/itinerary

I've searched for the discussion about tabs and accordion and the differences between them. I'm currently designing a layout for an application displaying the itinerary for a holiday/vacation. I'm ...
6
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5answers
246 views

Better method of displaying recipes [closed]

I'm working on a recipes-saving application and trying to figure out which method of presenting recipes is better. Each recipe that is displayed on the page has a name, but not necessarily a photo. I ...
3
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2answers
127 views

Helping users identify site search functionality

I'm looking for ways to better expose the search functionality, which in my case plays a big usage role. I've been conducting talks with users, and have managed to identify that it's functionality was ...
36
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7answers
4k views

Why do ATMs need to take your card in?

In every ATM I've seen, the card is "swallowed" by the machine, and returned at one point or another (or not, if you type the wrong PIN 3 times or whatever). This leads to people forgetting the card, ...
6
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1answer
102 views

Notify users with deactivated JavaScript that “secondary” functionality is missing?

On http://xmpp.org/xmpp-protocols/xmpp-extensions/ there is a table listing items with different statuses (active, obsolete, final, …). When JavaScript is activated, there is a filter widget above ...
3
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3answers
1k views

How to provide autocomplete and autosuggest on the same search box at the same time

In this article, Tony Russell-Rose explains autocomplete and autosuggest, and the differences between them. Any thoughts on how to apply both to the one search box and the one time? Any examples or ...
4
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2answers
2k views

Why does the Xbox controller have non-symmetrical analog sticks?

The image below shows the controllers of the three eighth-generation consoles (Xbox One, PS4, Wii U). As you can see, both the PS4 and Wii U controllers have symmetrical analog sticks, which seems ...
2
votes
3answers
241 views

Action menu placement for bulk actions in a grid

I have been playing with an idea of placing a bulk action drop down menu for a grid/table in the header of the column where the selections are done. This is to save some precious space above the table ...
6
votes
3answers
254 views

Should user be able to scroll a web page while a modal is active?

As far as best practices are concerned, should user be able to scroll the page while a modal is active?
0
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2answers
58 views

Is the term account confusing when referencing the user of a site or app?

I'm currently working on a user menu for a site and I'm worried that the term Account could be confusing because of the nature of the relationship. Just like with a bank one user may have multiple ...
1
vote
1answer
280 views

Admin site UX design

I am building an application for multiple customers at once. So they will use the same system, but they will have their own admin site, with data, what they need. I have different kind of elements to ...
0
votes
1answer
85 views

Can the information ( i ) icon be used to define a field name?

What's the best UX when it comes to using the 'i' (information) icon when defining a field name? Currently I have the field name defined above the field; before and after the the input field itself, ...
2
votes
0answers
301 views

Why does scrolling when dragging an element scroll faster on mouse wiggle? [closed]

I don't know about other operating systems, but this is very prolific in Windows. Let's say you have a scrollable container that items can be dragged onto. You want to drag an item onto the part of ...
2
votes
2answers
68 views

Should the user be given an option to turn off confirmations?

Should users be given an option to turn off the confirmations across the whole website? An example could be to add a checkbox under user settings that turns the confirmations on and off for actions ...
2
votes
3answers
205 views

How important is it to show profile picture of a person in the header?

More and more social platforms have your name, after login, in the top right corner next to an arrow or icon where one can access settings, log out and other items. In many cases I also see the usage ...
2
votes
1answer
145 views

Timezone madness in task management app

I am currently working on a task management application that allows users to create and assign tasks, set start and due dates and track work progress. In my app users do not plan hours, they just set ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Importance of parameters on a report

Is it really important to display the parameters selected by a user on a report? What is the best way to display the parameters?
0
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0answers
54 views

why office microsoft website is aligned to the left? [duplicate]

I know this question pops up regularly, but if for some case I can understand left decision followed by just design guidelines, then for Microsoft I can't get my head around.. They have all web ...
8
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3answers
180 views

How to load data into a table based on the selection in a tree?

We are developing a web application that has a screen with two parts. On the left side we have a tree where the user can check or uncheck specific items, even leaves or nodes in the tree. If we select ...
3
votes
2answers
72 views

Should input be accepted after confimation (or other actions)

I often find myself in the following workflow: Enter user name Enter password Click "OK" (or enter key) Wait for response Discover the checkbox next to OK-button Think: "Bugger! It would be nice to ...
3
votes
2answers
170 views

Is the Agile Manifesto based on UX philosophies (or vice versa)?

Looking at the statements in the agile manifesto, it seems to reflect user-centered design principles quite well. With a few very minor wording changes, it would probably work for a UX manifesto. I ...
11
votes
1answer
265 views

North American electrical outlet, why so sad? [closed]

I wasn't sure whether it was more appropriate to post here or rather on electronics SE, but please bear with me... Why was the 120 VAC outlet and the pinout of the plugs shaped the way they are? ...
10
votes
5answers
776 views

Will removing the border & bevel on these buttons make them look un-buttonlike?

First: I'm not a designer by trade, but I do occasionally do design some things. A week ago I began writing an open-source, extremely small (960 bytes gzipped/minified!) CSS framework. Since then ...
21
votes
3answers
773 views

Is it a bad idea to have two progress bars in one dialog?

Discussing with my team-mates this morning but we're not sure which one is the best way. Scenario: When users select a single document to process, they will see a progress bar and text displaying its ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Names of common UI styles [closed]

Are there official names for the overall UI design styles of some common layouts? The one I have in mind specifically is the minimal style of the windows 8 desktop. Are there any good resources for ...
3
votes
2answers
162 views

Is a “Call Now” button next to a phone number nessessary for mobile users?

We currently have a phone number on a page, set up so that users on smart devices can tap it and call the number from their devices should they want to get in touch. My bosses have suggested that, in ...
7
votes
3answers
331 views

select from predefined list if exist ,else insert a new item to the list?

What's the best experience to do the following: The user will insert a new subject(text) only if it isn't in the existing list. So, it will be added to the existing list for all users. I have ...
4
votes
5answers
1k views

UX and design spec

I am working on a big m-commerce project and trying to apply the principles of lean UX within my team. Unfortunately I am limited by the fact that the development team are not co-located with the ...
3
votes
2answers
141 views

Reaching single product page in one click from home page

My client wants users to reach single product pages with one click from the home page. They also want to display products' images already in home page. The problem is that the product list is huge ...
7
votes
3answers
155 views

Telling user about updates in interface

Our product is some kind of CRM for our partners and they want to know about all the updates we release. Types of updates we're asked to tell about: Technical — invisible changes (counting money ...
1
vote
2answers
219 views

Notifying the user of unsaved changes

I have some settings that the user of my software can change via a GUI. The settings reflect both the current state of the underlying properties, and the state of the user interaction. Example: A ...
65
votes
13answers
5k views

Why does the email subject appear before the body when composing an email?

Note: I am not talking about reading experience, I am focusing on the experience of composing email. I am very aware of this issue since it happens to me all the time, and I am pretty sure that it ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

Best Way to Display Event Start Time for an International Event

I am scheduling an online event that will be happening from 4-6pm Eastern Standard Time on a certain day. However, this online event will involve people from many different timezones, not just Eastern ...
8
votes
2answers
297 views

Why do most Create Account forms clear the password fields upon wrong validation? [duplicate]

In most Create Account forms that I've used, when you enter in something wrong (username not long enough, passwords don't match, invalid email, etc.), it'll keep all the fields but erase the password ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

How to indicate to visitors that they are using a test environment?

We often release a test version of our web service to a select group of customers. This version of the web service normally has a few bugs and anomalies (database being reset every day) and we would ...
0
votes
1answer
500 views

Best practice or alternatives to handling sub/side nav in a mobile site

I am looking for what would be the best way to handle a websites sidebar in a mobile website template. I am going to be involved in a redesign for a large web site (approximately 10,000+ pages) that ...
3
votes
1answer
135 views

Unlock Account for Highly Secure Website

I am working on project for a very secure sensitive website in which the objective is to make the "unlock account" workflow easy and intuitive. Currently, if user enters wrong username and password ...
2
votes
2answers
102 views

Linking back to previous webpage?

Currently the company I work for separates their company corporate website and their careers page. What this means is if you go to the parent site and click on the link to see career opportunities, ...
3
votes
2answers
310 views

Action Overflow Android

In a case where we have only one action (that is having a info icon) should we still keep it in action overflow for Jelly Bean design or we can have it as an icon itself on the action bar? The reason ...
5
votes
3answers
175 views

Creating an emotional bond with the user on a business site

I'm currently working for a client on a site which offers search services. The users can rent modules that perform an action 24/7, namely searching an internal index for specific items. Each module ...
5
votes
1answer
248 views

Mobile Site Footer Location

I am developing a full on RWD with a very small footer. Footer contains only couple links which are orphan pages (FAQs, etc). Our main target users will be accessing the site using iPhones (mostly), ...
23
votes
8answers
2k views

Which phrase is better: “Sort chronologically” or “Sort by date”?

I'm adding on to an advanced search screen, the standard few sort orders: by date, by name, etc. I'm just wondering what the more commonly used/accepted way of phrasing it would be. "Chronologically" ...

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