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How Yes or No Questions Should be Represented in Forms

This question started out on the Pro Webmasters SE. See: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/q/8578/1847 I am a web developer. My designer gave me a mock-up of a web form. In it, there are several ...
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5answers
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How to best represent a ToggleButton (representing on/off) with the ability to be locked

I'm designing a ToggleButton control that has the ability to be in a locked state in which user interaction will not be able to further toggle the control. In general I would like the button to appear ...
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9answers
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What is the best font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

I often have very limited space when creating reports and dashboards for users. I usually use Arial, or Arial Narrow, but UI isn't my area of expertise, so I want to know, is there an optimal font for ...
4
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2answers
198 views

How to alert the user about action required after form submission?

I'm working with an enrollment form for a prepaid card right now. In certain situations (when the user doesn't provide a social security number) the user will need to send a copy of their ID to the ...
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6answers
705 views

Feature Exposure vs. UI bloating

When developing my web applications, I usually tend to have an icon/button per feature/function and place it in a way that it is easily accessible without distracting the user during his usual work. ...
3
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2answers
195 views

What term or icon to use for marking an item for quick access later on? [closed]

If there is an item (web-link or document or image) that you use very frequently or find very useful, should you 'star' it (as in Gmail) or 'favorite' it? Are 'marking as starred', 'liking' and ...
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860 views

Client wants me to copy the Google Apps UI style for a web app I'm building - is this okay?

So, the organisation I work in use Google Apps for our email, calendars and docs. The staff have gradually got used to using it and are now comfortable with the UI. I've been asked to develop a ...
3
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5answers
814 views

Date picker subtleties: Input year by using numeric keys

We are developing a date picker and have run into a problem related to interpretation of user input. Suppose you have a date picker as the one in the picture below and the user is to change the year ...
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2answers
508 views

Good examples/resources for the design of a document archive/repository [closed]

Apologies for the fairly broad question but does anyone know of any good examples of an online document archive or repository, or has some tips/resources? I am looking to design a UI that will allow ...
3
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3answers
148 views

Need advice on a scroll situation where the clicked item is hard to place

I am developing a GUI where I have a list with products to the left. When a product is selected, an info box is shown to the right. My problem is that the scrollbar for the products is placed to the ...
3
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5answers
922 views

Examples of mouse-over “quick preview” in a Windows app [closed]

I'm working on a UI in a Windows desktop app where the user is given a textual list of names of icon galleries; clicking on one opens that gallery. I'd like to add a "quick preview" feature so that ...
4
votes
6answers
686 views

How should a breadcrumb behave?

What is the expected action when a breadcrumb is clicked? I have a hierarchy of data that includes meta descriptors such as: PersonName / Assets / House I have a page for a list of Assets, a home ...
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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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3answers
1k views

hierarchical input and display design [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the best way to view a deep hierarchy? In my application, I need to design hierarchy of product. i.e. Parent group, group, parts, subparts etc. ( add, ...
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2answers
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How should I mark “Mandatory” and “Optional” fields in a form?

I'm making a web app and in the admin panel there is in one place a list of items where (among other things) the administrator can select which items will be mandatory for the users, and which will be ...
7
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2answers
573 views

Best UX to ask for donations

I currently run a free local hiking site for California and people have recently been suggesting I add a way to enable people to give donations since the site is free. Has anyone had success asking ...
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5answers
448 views

What's your best tip for creating a more useful persona? [closed]

I'm starting a new project working with a client who already has a decent website. It will be really important to learn about the users and understand what they want/need that isn't already provided. ...
3
votes
1answer
365 views

Heuristic for dragging items across horizontal pages

I am trying to let users drag items across a collection of horiztonal pages, similar to the Android home or iPhone Springboard. On Android, I find it incredibly hard to get an icon to go from page to ...
2
votes
1answer
149 views

How to represent an ignore option for a control such as a ListBox

In this application there are several screens that guide a user through filling out criteria meant to complete specific queries. In order to facilitate the selection of multiple items we have created ...
7
votes
1answer
488 views

User Testing: 5-second test vs. 8-second test

I'm planning a "User Testing" and one of the tasks is the 5 (or 8) second test, so I want to know which fits better in my interface. I can't remember what article talks about the difference between ...
3
votes
3answers
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What do you think about the results of 3M Visual Attention Service's Web App?

First of all if you haven't heard of this service here's the link: https://vas.3m.com/ This online app generates heatmaps: you get 5 credits free at first, with which you can analyze the pictures ...
6
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6answers
1k views

Asirra or Captcha?

I've just heard about "Asirra" and tried it. But, I am a little bit confusing about using. What is your choice for usability? Asirra or CAPTCHA, and why?
7
votes
1answer
745 views

Ever-shrinking scrollbar sliders in very long documents

I am working on a very long document in Word 2007, and it's getting difficult to navigate around it. Well, I can navigate by headings, etc., but lets focus on the scrollbar slider. The problem is ...
4
votes
5answers
554 views

Android Usability? [closed]

I am in the midst of redesigning my Android app, and I've already done it for the iPhone. I think I "nailed it" on the iPhone, however I'm having a little bit more of an issue with Android, mainly ...
4
votes
1answer
467 views

Best practice: dropdown selection with associated settings.

We have the following Dialog (see Screenshot) in our software, that I would like to improve. 1) The user should select a profile (screenshot: dropdownbox on the left) to use for the following ...
6
votes
2answers
303 views

Best way to handle disappearing search facets?

As part of a faceted search system I'm putting together, I have a series of checkboxes for different neighbourhoods in a city, like so: [ ] Neighbourhood 1 (50) [x] Neighbourhood 2 (40) [ ] ...
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8answers
2k views

How to make an interface look touchable?

I'm designing a touchable interface. It is a non-iPad/iPhone for any mobile with touchable screen. So, if you see a big screen, how do you know if is touchable one? Showing a video that explains ...
6
votes
1answer
610 views

Blank slate invitations - best practices

Blank slate invitations (a term taken from the book Designing Web Interfaces) are inline invitations/instructions on how to interact with the UI - primarily aimed at novice users. That is, e.g., when ...
14
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5answers
650 views

So are there “standards” for UX?

I'm establishing a new UX unit in our organization, and whenever I try to introduce something, I get asked about "standards". You know, questions like "So do you have any standards that you based this ...
5
votes
1answer
320 views

Best way to tell user either to select an existing entry or enter new entry

I am designing a web page for mobile devices as I have limited screen space. The web page is used to select a store name from a list of stores (which the user entered earlier) or enters a new store ...
7
votes
5answers
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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 ...
6
votes
2answers
501 views

Two step selection in windows phone 7

How to display this two step selection dialog in a native way in WP7: States (in my case approximately 40 entries) Cities (in my case 1-15 entries) Here are my thoughts I want to discuss with you ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Best error message to display when too many users logging onto web system

I have a website that started experiencing issues when too many people are trying to log into the website at the same time (usually at the start of the business day). Are there some examples of or ...
2
votes
2answers
246 views

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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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 ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

Designing a web front end for launching long running batch processes

I'm looking for an example of a "web portal" application which has a well-done, easy-to-learn user interface. By "web portal", I mean a web interface to a batch-processed system that runs ...
2
votes
4answers
288 views

Need assistance with ideas for user configurable data view

I'm hoping the folks here can help me with some ideas for UI that allows a user to select which fields should be displayed in a "data view". The twist here is that the data view is a mix between a ...
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votes
4answers
1k views

How to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons without taking focus away from main content?

I am looking for a way to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons while not taking focus away from main content. It'll be great to see examples of good application design (I am doing a web app (probably ...
6
votes
8answers
7k views

Likert Scale - positive to negative or negative to positive?

We are soon to be conducting an online survey, and several of the questions will attempt to measure how the user feels about a given situation. We are using the likert scale to display the choices. ...
2
votes
2answers
231 views

Animations and business apps

While studying WPF as new tool for applications with a device-independent resolution, I read that you can make animations rendered with DirectX graphics engine. So I was wondering if it's worth ...
2
votes
4answers
681 views

Standard button control or link label

Ive recently started switching my application over to using link labels with appropriate image from the standard command button. My main reason for doing this was to maximise the textual information i ...
0
votes
1answer
242 views

Flash photo galleries without xml configuration files [closed]

I saw many examples in jquery compenents which takes image urls from HTML DOM. But flash photo galleries always need xml configuration files as i have seen till now. I need flash compenents which ...
11
votes
5answers
2k views

When creating a GUI wizard, should all pages/tabs be of the same size?

I understand that some libraries would force me to, but my question is general. If I have a set of buttons at the bottom: Back, Next, Cancel?, (other?), then should their location ever change? If the ...
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votes
22answers
21k views

Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?

This Twitter post sparked me to ask the question: totally! RT @damienguard: Dear UI designers everywhere. Stop using floppy disk icons for save. Too many people have no idea what it is now. ...
7
votes
5answers
5k views

A cross between a DropDownList and AutoComplete Text Box

I am trying to come up with an web interface that allows the addition of an item to a list. For simplicity I'll use an example of a list of names which, when selected will be assigned to a club/group. ...
7
votes
6answers
1k views

Using Balsamiq Mockups with Usabilla for remote usability tests

We are defining the usability process for our company and are looking at tools for prototyping and remote usability testing. We would like to use Balsamiq Mockups to do our inital designs but have a ...
6
votes
2answers
249 views

Which open source project should I consider to improve their usability and visual design

I am available for 5 hours per week and want to contribute to open source community. I would like to keep focus on business or health related web application for now. I have tried Sourceforge to ...
7
votes
5answers
566 views

Most Logical Sudoku Interface?

I'm working on the front end for a sudoku program I wrote for fun. I'm debating which interface is most logical: an interface entirely click-based, or a standard keyboard entry method. Click Based: ...
11
votes
9answers
3k views

friendly version of date formats

The users of my application have the ability to choose their prefered date format between: dd/mm/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy yyyy-mm-dd The 1st one (which has the Java pattern dd/MM/yyyy) produces 31/12/2011. ...

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