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When should “Log on” or “Log off” be used? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Using “Sign in” vs using “Log in” I'm porting an old application that has a "Log on" screen. When would I use "Log on" vs the alternatives (Sign In ...
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Swapping between different responses to a form question so that both outcomes can be viewed

I have a site where at one step in the wizard the user has to make a choice between one option or another. Once they've made this choice the form fields and resulting information are specific to that ...
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best location for multiscreen/tabbed view toggle button

The application i'm working on can be displayed either on multiple monitors or as tabs on 1 monitor. All the top-level controls will be located on 1 (main) screen and additional screens will display ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, to ...
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What is the difference between a 'slider', a 'gallery' and a 'carousel'?

From a pattern perspective is there a difference? Or are they really different names for the same thing?
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Multiplication sign, using '*' or 'x'

In mathematics, the operators provided on keyboard are quite clear for addition, subtraction and divide: + - /. The multiplication sign * might be familiar as the multiplication for programmer, but I'...
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Localizing due dates in a task list

I am currently working on a calendaring application that needs to deal with a list of tasks that the user can create. In all calendaring applications I have used (outlook, thunderbird, google ...
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How to present data, part now, part later

Here's the scenario: You have a (hierarchical) catalogue of information about products. Some product information is local and the rest is remote. There could be upto 1000 distributed in some way - ...
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Filtering stats: What are some good patterns to follow for filtering a time/date range?

Im looking for some good patterns of how to filter date/time in a graph. It doesnt need to be specific dates, more like day, week, month.
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How to create a date range picker with a “present” option

I'm trying to design a date range picker, with the caveat that there be a way to designate the end date as "present". Has anyone seen a clever way of doing this without the need for a check box? ...
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On SUS Usability Questions, the first one “I think that I would like to use this website frequently” does not make sense

On SUS - the question "I think that I would like to use this system frequently" does not make sense for sites which are used infrequently, for example a mortgage payment site. How does this question ...
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1answer
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What is the best graphical interface for inputting a list of pairs?

I want to create a graphical interface for inputing skill build orders for an RPG game. A skill build is an ordered list of (skill, number) pairs, like this (see footnote): (A x1) -> (B *) -> (...
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What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website?

What should be the maximum length of a page on Mobile Website? I'm making a website in which some pages are long because of lengthy articles. Should I divide long pages into multiple pages? Should I ...
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1answer
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Managing Rosters and Company Accounts

Can anyone suggest examples of sites with UIs/workflows that allow individuals to create and manage accounts that are linked to umbrella entities, such as a company? We're looking to refine the online ...
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What's a good way to find a user and display personal information?

On the site I'm working on, users will at some point have to assign a user as the manager for a particular resource. Let's make up a resource and a manager, just to illustrate what's going on here: ...
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1answer
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Is there a term for the “auto search” that Google Instant utilizes?

Is there an official term for the automatic search that Google Instant uses once you stop typing for about 1 second? This is also used on UX.SE when searching for a user. I am looking to add this into ...
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How to differentiate icons for *client* from *server* IT services (mail, web, filesharing and so on)

I need to design a UI that includes widgets to control a server computer, and a client computer. This means I'll be doing similar pairs of icons for mail (mail program vs mail server), web (browser ...
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At what point do I throw graceful degradation to the wind?

For a feature I'm currently working on implementing on my application (a pretty standard feature), it seems like I have to essentially disregard "graceful degradation." I'm referring, of course, to a "...
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Hiding empty categories or displaying “nothing in this category”

In a shop-like website, we have a horizontal menu in the header where all categories of items in stock are listed (7-9). Depending on availability of items, some categories may be empty. Usually the ...
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Your download will start in X seconds

Is there any reason why many websites - including very mainstream ones such as microsoft.com and sourceforge.net - show a page with "Your download will start in 10 seconds; if you don't want to wait ...
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6answers
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of full screen mode

I'm trying to understand how viewing a website in full screen mode could impact our browsing experience. Full screen mode has existed for some time for videos (e.g. YouTube) and Flash games. I've also ...
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2answers
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How to create a common shared vocabulary to talk about design?

A client I am currently working at has a problem with inconsistent designs. I have identified the causes and one thing I notice is the lack of a proper language shared by all stakeholders to ...
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1answer
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What do you do after paper prototyping? [closed]

Lot's of us - UX people. Love to start their work on paper. Either sketching or using sticky notes. What's the next step for you? I usually redraw whole paper prototype in Axure. Making the same thing ...
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7answers
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Canceling/limiting a user's search

I'm developing a reporting application where a user can make some searches on our database against an extremely large data set and display them in a table on a web page. One of the searches has the ...
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4answers
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Can personas work for enterprise level software with 10+ archetypes?

I am developing a group of personas for a very complex piece of enterprise software. The problem I am having is that there are very distinct types of users, and I can't seem to boil them down to fewer....
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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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3answers
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Is there any free tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? [closed]

Is there any tool to explain the interactions between website pages and elements on a big single screen? I have all screenshot images for all pages of websites, Some are lightbox on same page. some ...
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Why shouldn't we call it UX design or us UX designers?

I came across multiple different reasons why UX design should not be called design or why a UX designer is not really the designer of user experiences. For example: User experience (UX) cannot be ...
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4answers
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Progress indicator for non-system processes

Our software has dialogs for sending requests to other users. Dialogs remain open as long as default until the request has been answered (request time about 3 to 15 seconds). During this response time ...
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Examples of spartan/basic web sites [closed]

I am looking for examples of web sites that have a very spartan and minimal interface - mostly text and very few graphics or even styling - yet the user experience is good enough that users are not ...
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1answer
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Where should I put a sub-menu on the screen?

This might seem like an odd question, but where should I put a sub-menu on the screen, assuming the main menu is horizontal - similar to the Questions/Tags/Users/Badges menu on this site. The sub-...
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2answers
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Treatment of disallowed HTML tags in forum posts

Suppose a user attempts to post a message to my forum, but their message contains HTML elements that I have chosen not to permit? e.g. stackexchange and others disallow <table>; All forums (I ...
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Files size units: “KiB” vs “KB” vs “kB”

I'm working on a web app that will show the size of certain files, and I'm wondering if there's any consensus about how to report the units of bytes. Technically the IEC has weighed in with an ...
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2answers
1k views

What are some good font guidelines for headers, paragraphs, etc. that just look really nice? [closed]

One thing I find somewhat difficult is getting the various fonts and sizes and weights to look "just right". What are some good guidelines to follow for font sizes, weights and styles when making web ...
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1answer
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Dealing with navigation with mixed nodes that expand and collapse, some being selectable, some unselectable

So I am faced with an issue where I am saddled with an existing navigation that has nodes that are expandable/collapsable to reveal child nodes. No problem, however the issue is that some are ...
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1answer
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What should be covered in a UI Standards document?

I'm a coop student who is creating a web/desktop application design standards document for a company I'm working at. Each standard in the document needs to be supported by a reputable source. What ...
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4answers
229 views

Best method of rating passwords

I'm creating a webpage which has user accounts and I'd like input on the best way of rating the user's password. There are four ways to rate passwords which I have encountered: Rate the password ...
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6answers
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Is there a standard “to left justify text and right justify numeric values.”

I'm being told by an experienced BA (> 25 years) that "Numeric numbers are usually totaled therefore should be right justified." And that text should always be left justified. I have never heard ...
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2answers
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Best way of handling a special requirement in shopping cart

I'm mocking up a shopping cart for a hair salon. It's going to end up on their Facebook fan page so I'm restricted to Facebook's tab size of 520px. Because of this I've decided to use an accordion ...
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2answers
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Does it matter if Pagination controls are Left, Centered, or Right-Justified?

Should Pagination Be Left, Centered, or Right-Justified? Does it matter? Any usability studies? We are redesigning our pagination to be more usable. In the process a question came up of where to ...
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3answers
302 views

What is the best way to elegantly browse and select an item from a parent, child, or grandchild tree-structure?

they will select only one item the items in this case will be sporting activities the levels go from general to specific…..ex: biking (parent) > mountain biking (child) > downhill mountain biking (...
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4answers
2k views

Any usability studies on password strength meters?

I put together a password strength meter for a signup form, and overall it works very well. It hooks into our DB for the "rules" (number of characters required, mix of letters and numbers, etc.), and ...
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2answers
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How do I show that text has been automatically translated

For some products on our website, we have reviews for the product on our foreign language sites. We want to show these on the UK site (and the UK reviews on the foreign sites). We give the ability ...
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2answers
543 views

Bland shades of grey application

I'm going to be working on enhancements to an existing desktop application, however, it's basically different shades of grey with some dark blue-grey. There are some icons with some color and that is ...
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2answers
920 views

Automatic redirect to mobilesite - Best practice

What if the user really wants to access the website rather than the mobilesite? The solution I'm thinking of is this: Having a special root page on the domain http://example.com. Here I detect when ...
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3answers
602 views

Any evidence of increased click through rates on blue underlined links in html emails?

I'm redesigning our company email template. At the moment links are grey, bold and not underlined. I don't think this makes it very clear that it is a link. My gut instinct tells me that I should make ...
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6answers
383 views

Why do some webmasters INSIST on having auto-playing music elements on their webpages? [closed]

Is there any positive reason why someone might implement an auto-playing audio feature onto a webpage? I seem to see it all the time, especially on band pages and so on. The frustrating thing is ...
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4answers
205 views

Optional Comments on Saving

Maybe I'm crazy, but every UI mockup I seem to get passed to me, I end up ripping apart. And in the end, my suggestions are often shot down. We end up creating UI's with what I consider to be a ...
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2answers
244 views

Map functionality when using a designed map with Google Maps

I'm working on a site that has a designed map of the US with market areas. There is currently only one market area per state. Once a market is clicked on, it will go to a Google map of the market with ...
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2answers
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adding/removing/searching thousands of data

I have 2 tables : a contract table and a part table. every contract has thousands of parts. The user can select a contract and I display the thousands of related parts to the user using paging. ...

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