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Default gender, “Male” or “Female”

Should our default gender when selecting male/female on the dropdown list be based on the local sex ratio (if a country have more female than male then female is the default value)?
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When is endless paging appropriate?

When is it appropriate to use endless paging in a web application (e.g. auto load or a "see more" link)? Examples Google Reader Facebook This also creates a few issues for the user: Returning ...
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Are hover menus in headers easy to use?

Do users find it easy to use headers/menus like the one displayed below?
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What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?

Given that there is no logically default animal from the list of animals below, what should be the "Default Value" below, according to best practice? <label for="animal">Animal ...
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accordions vs tabs

What is difference between accordions and tabs from the UX point of view? This is repost from this thread on SO: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5690589/difference-between-accordion-and-tabs (I ...
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Should an interface ever say “please”?

Often I'll see a website, especially when registering or filling out a form that says something like "Please only use letters and numbers in this field" or "Please try again." Please is a pleasantry ...
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Should hyperlinks be blue?

I've built a site where all hyperlinks have the default colors: blue for links, purple for visited links. They turn red on hover. I believe that always using blue for hyperlinks is a good thing, so ...
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How does use in bright sunlight affect how a web site should be designed?

We're building a mobile web site that will mainly be used outdoors in bright sunlight. What design factors should I consider?
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Closing modal dialogs

I come across modal dialogs everyday and I see different implementations all the time. Most modal dialogs have a [X] in the upper right hand corner of the dialog along with a Cancel/Close button. ...
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What do I need to know to get started as a professional UX/interaction designer? [closed]

I am a student of Software Engineering (mainly focusing on Requirements Engineering). I am a beginner in the field of UX. There already are a few questions on this forum regarding books etc. Still, I ...
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Is it ever okay to have multiple rows of tabs?

We're working on a UI at work and people want to have the number of tabs in a certain area be flexible width so that in certain situations depending on the title length and the number of tabs, the tab ...
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Discovering new features

I work with a web-based platform with lots of data and various tools to view the data, perform analysis. Users are often impressed by one or two features and stick with them. The platform adds new ...
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Hide or disable form options? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Don't hide or disable menu items? On a create/edit form, where the options available to the end user will depend on their previous input, in order to give the user ...
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Blinking, bouncing and flashing elements

I'm responsible for the UI/UX in a software development company. During my absence, some developers decided to implement a "bounce" effect on a button of a website that they think should have more ...
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4answers
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Social network login or not?

I am developing a niche social networking iPhone app of my own. I was wondering if it would be best to allow the user to connect to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter to login to my app ...
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Should disabled options ever be hidden?

Comments from this question prompted me with this other usability proposal. In my opinion, tt's a bad idea to hide disabled options. I like to see all the available options regardless whether some ...
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close button on the left or right side? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the important aspect to consider when deciding where windows interaction buttons should be placed? From a ux point of view, does it make a difference if the ...
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4answers
859 views

Best Way to Darken a Color Until it is Readable?

What's the best way to darken a color until it is readable? I have a series of titles which have an associated color, but some of these colors are very light and any text drawn in them is unreadable. ...
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Why is the mouse cursor slightly tilted and not straight?

Is this a legacy thing or does a tilted cursor serves a purpose? I can tell that, the angle provides a totally vertical left edge which helps when highlighting text but what else apart from that? ...
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What kind of design do users like the most at the time of this question, 'Flat' or 'Skeuomorphic'? [closed]

I have read multiple articles on-line that say that the era of Skeuomorphic design on the web is over, and that a new era of so-called 'flat design' is now the new thing for developers, but do users ...
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12answers
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Is there a point to paginating articles online?

Is it better to paginate a long article or show the entire article on one page? The following is a side-by-side of the same article. On the left is page one with navigation and on the right is the ...
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19answers
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Which way should be “on” for a switch?

Most of us use switches every day in various forms. And although there are sometimes general norms in countries as to which direction is "on", there is variation between countries. So when ...
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14answers
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Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we ask the password twice during registration? When designing a new and simplified signup page I got into an argument with a colleague about the necessity of ...
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13answers
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Why don't we auto-save for users instead of having them save manually?

With the advent of Apple moving to auto-saving in its newest release Lion, should everyone start adopting the convention of auto-saving? At first it is definitely awkward and the user can feel like ...
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5answers
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What is the best color combination for on screen reading?

I work at an airline as a pilot and I am involved in the "paperless" project which aims to have no more paper in the cockpit - all the data should be accessible from tablet devices. We have a lot to ...
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12answers
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How should large table columns be handled on a responsive design?

Related to This Question, I'm interested in what I should do with a responsive design theme where the users have control over the columns which are displayed in a tabular, data rich page. Users are ...
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How should I interview UI and IA job applicants?

I'm a programmer who knows enough about UI/IA to sound convincing and cares enough to want to hire someone who actually knows what they are doing. Interviewing programmers is easy - they go on and on ...
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9answers
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Drawing users' attention to unrecoverable actions?

We're working on an internal business app, and throughout the process the users have been very involved in all aspects of the design. They have explained their workflow, terminology, etc. and the app ...
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Deletion: Confirm or Undo? Which is the better option and why?

Which one is the better option and why? Delete with Confirmation [The action cannot be undone] or Delete with one click [And provide option to Undo]
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What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?

Most of the users use weak passwords. They may use weak passwords even for services where they store sensitive information. I think it's because they don't believe that their password may be ...
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Pros/Cons of PSD mockups vs. HTML mockups

I've read some articles (this one and this one) recently that are opening my eyes to HTML mockups as opposed to the usual PSD mockups. In the article they cite certain pros: Changes are a lot ...
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2answers
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What research methods can I use to create personas?

My experience with personas has been from creating personas with data that already exists usually provided by the marketing team based on their research. How do you go about conducting research to ...
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9answers
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Dropdown vs radio button

User have to choose type of food (from 3 or 4 choices) in our application. Default selection is used in 60 - 70% of cases. What will be better: dropdown or radio buttons?
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How much should a UX professional know about front-end development?

Apologies if this is too much of a fuzzy question, I was wondering what people's thoughts were regarding the level of front-end development knowledge a UX professional (Experience Architect, Usability ...
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International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes

In developing a web application that presents monetary data for a variety of locales, I have inquired about the differences of currency formats. In particular, I'd like to know when it is appropriate ...
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4answers
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Input form label alignment top or left?

Although I have researched on input form label alignment, I need solid suggestion on when to use form label alignment top and when to use left and why? For example in the below form username and ...
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9answers
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The Usability of “Lightbox UIs”

Lightbox UIs are becoming a lot more prevalent in mainstream web-design. You know the drill -- click on a link, the background fades darker, and up pops a UI for interacting with an object, making a ...
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9answers
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Can ugly be good UX?

It's heresy I know, but look at DrudgeReport.com. It's raw, hand written HTML, it's plain, boring typography, it's something any UX or Graphic designer would scoff at if you handed it across their ...
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3answers
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confirm email or email verification later?

I have a registration form, name, email, password. I also offer the Facebook connection and in the future all other Open ID ways but for now I would focus on the regular process: Currently, I require ...
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7answers
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Why does the golden ratio work? Or does it?

This is just one example of an article promoting use of the golden ratio in design. Over the past few years I've seen quite a few similar articles, but none of them really seem to go into depth beyond ...
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4answers
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How to explain to director that a multilevel dropdown menu isn't a good idea

My director and designer want to make a big drop-down menu on our site. Multilevel menu : | MENU 1 | MENU 2 | MENU 3 | MENU 4 | ...
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10answers
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Are radial contextual menus better than vertical list menus?

I've read suggestions that contextual menu items be arranged in a circle around the mouse cursor when the menu is activated, since Fitz's Law suggests that each target would be easier to hit. ...
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6answers
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Alternatives to a dual list for selecting a bunch of items from a long list?

What alternatives and examples are there for selecting a bunch of items from a long list of items instead of a dual list? This question has some nice enhancements on the traditional dual list, but ...
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6answers
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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it? [closed]

I see a lot of people taking this certification nowadays and I wonder if its actually worth it and how is it received by the industry and does it really help in bringing you up to speed with UX and ...
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3answers
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Table data in Mobile phones

I want to display a table with 4/5 columns and possibly 100 rows (as in desktop app right now) in smartphones. The table cells are also editable. Now we want to port this desktop app to smartphones ...
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13answers
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Tab Overflow: What to do when I run out of space for yearly tabs?

I have page that lists previous recipients of an award, with tabs separating each year's winners. Every year there are forty recipients. The recipient's name is listed, along with his or her job ...
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12answers
15k views

White text on black background

Are there any reasons to avoid using white text on a black background?
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5answers
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Is left-aligned text generally preferable over centered text?

I am currently reviewing the usability of some internal reports. One thing which strikes me as odd is that all the text is centered. I always prefer left-aligned text. But apart from my personal ...
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6answers
5k views

Disabled submit button on form vs allow submit then show errors?

We have a few different forms as part of a web-based medical application. These forms have quite a few fields - 10-20 depending on the form. Each has at least 5 or so required fields. We currently ...
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5answers
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Toggle Buttons “Turn On” vs “Enable” [duplicate]

For about a year now, we've used toggle buttons on a couple of segments of our site. We try to be very consistent in our user interfaces, always using the same blue button styles for every clickable ...

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