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5answers
326 views

In a form, is Switching between advanced to basic a good idea?

I have a web page/form which users have to fill in before clicking the 'proceed' button. Same old story I guess. It looks like this: report name: [...] report type: (*) PDF ( ) HTML ...
16
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3answers
2k views

How can the classic footer elements be integrated into an infinite scrolling layout?

Infinite Scrolling is a fairly new and effective way to display practically infinite amounts of data in a user's window, but one page element simply does not suit itself to this method; the footer. A ...
3
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3answers
1k views

When and how to validate forms in a usability perspective?

I am implementing a business application and wounder what's the best way to validate forms, and when. An example is a form where three textfields where a currency amount is expected. A valid input is ...
2
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3answers
162 views

OpenID login takes a second, how do I make it feel quicker?

Users on my site log in via OpenID. This is what loggin in looks like: Click the login link in the header Click one of 6 OpenID providers (wait one second) If they're there for the first time: Log ...
1
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2answers
100 views

Time-aware customer service contact modules?

If a site has module that directs users to call a phone number to receive service, can the module be programmed to recognize the times the call center is open? For instance, the call center is only ...
1
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2answers
185 views

Load more posts with sliding effect?

I created a feed aggregator with a "load more" button at the end of the posts. When the user clicks on it, loads some more posts and when it is completed, the list of the new posts slides to the top ...
0
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4answers
264 views

Are there books explaining why software with good UX is not always well accepted by users? [closed]

I'm a big fan of About Face 3 by Alan Cooper and similar books about interaction design and how the software must be done correctly. At the same time, working as a freelancer, I observe daily my ...
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2answers
1k views

What's an alternative to data tables for key/value pairs?

I have a list of 8 key/value pairs I'm displaying in a sidebar using a table element. I'm using a th and td element on each row. However, the td content is often too long and has to be truncated. I ...
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9answers
7k views

What techniques can I use to wireframe sites with responsive/fluid layouts?

How do you make wireframes for responsive or fluid layouts? Typical wireframing techniques are static and aren't well suited to showing how designs scale. What techniques exist to capture the dynamic ...
1
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2answers
123 views

What effect does requiring a plugin have on conversion rate in a web app?

An HCI professor of mine found in a small study that requiring an added plugin (Java Silverlight ext) to view certain content resulted in a greater than 50% drop in users completing the task. Users ...
2
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5answers
252 views

Who is the average user?

We get occasional questions about designing for the average user, but the term is bandied around pretty often - especially by clients who want to design their product or application so that it can be ...
14
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2answers
17k views

'Scrolling divs' in mobile land. Yea or nay?

An interesting problem/challenge came up this week where some mobile designs requested a part of the screen be scrollable. This is quite common on desktop sites--typically a little scrolling box for ...
7
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3answers
580 views

Which is more likely to be understood, *Hover* or *Mouseover*?

We have a page where the content all has tool tips. There is a bit of explanatory text at the top of the page. We want to let visitors to the page know that they can hover their mouse over items for ...
3
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3answers
166 views

Do people know how to use what Wordpress calls “Shortcodes”?

For example, when posting to a blog via email, the user can enter [tags x,y,z] to add tags via email. How "technical" does that feel to the average user? Reference: http://en.support.wordpress.com/...
12
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3answers
2k views

Is it good to leave Select dropdown with default style for better UX and Accessibility?

When I design websites. many time I try make the select drop-down more attractive. example By default select drop-down looks slightly different in almost each Desktop and Mobile browser but ...
2
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3answers
835 views

Is it good to create a separate screen for change password?

I have a web-page to create a new user; Now, I want to use the same page for editing the user's profile. Is it good to use the same page for change password? OR do I have to create a separate page, ...
4
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2answers
1k views

Why do some patterns flicker in strange colors while scrolling? [closed]

This image (source: Guardian Business) exhibits strange behavior when scrolling on some browsers. At 100% in Safari (on OS X on an LCD display), it flickers red when scrolling; at some zoom levels it ...
2
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1answer
942 views

iPhone button on screen with table view: last row or outside table?

I have a table view that's showing attributes of a record, very much like Edit Info screen in the iOS Contacts app. Also like that screen, I'd like to show a "Delete Record" button at the bottom. It ...
6
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7answers
2k views

Red buttons in an e-commerce site?

I'm designing an e-commerce site with red buttons. It has a yellow/white background and it looks quite good that way. Now, my boss finds the same, he likes it, but he is doubtful, because red could ...
16
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2answers
1k views

Is “Read more” a good link text?

Excerpts of posts displayed on a blog index page usually end with a link saying "Read more", "Continue reading", or similar. Now, it's very well understood why "click here" is not a good link text, ...
4
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4answers
133 views

A usable and extensible approach to a localized field

For a website, I'm trying to find a usable way to localize a value in different language. Lets assume the name of a trip called "Raid des loups". The English version of this field is "A raid with the ...
7
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4answers
251 views

What's the best terminology for switching from a mobile site to the “full” website?

I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any ...
2
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4answers
221 views

Ideas and/or research results on the best way to present a lengthy list of chapters

I'm looking for the best way to present a list of chapters on an iPhone. My first stab was to create a vertically scrolling table with a row for each chapter. For example, when showing the chapters of ...
3
votes
5answers
202 views

Behaviour of a user diary with both general patterns and specific entries

I'm working on an application that allows users to keep a 'diary' of times they are available to work. The interface is very simple, and deals purely with ad-hoc availability. It's effectively a ...
5
votes
5answers
307 views

What to do with non priced products when sorting by price?

On a page that lists products, we would like to give the user the option to sort the products by price. The problem is some products do not have their price displayed and are "request a price." What ...
159
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13answers
13k views

Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?

Over the years of surfing on the web I have found numerous examples of people saying that you shouldn't use the word "here" in a textlink etc. Personally I like the idea of using the word, because it ...
7
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5answers
533 views

How to say that an online demo is interactive in 2-3 words?

Basically, they can play around with the app, to get a feel for it in a advance. The target audience is business owners who may or may not (likely not) be technologically inclined. Demo implies that ...
20
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7answers
4k views

What is the most pleasant and fast UX when logging in / registering for a private web-app?

In my case, the openId login is out of the question. The application that I'm working on will only allow corporate users with a given specific email domain to register. The login/register form needs ...
3
votes
4answers
811 views

What is a good field separator that can coexist with colons?

I am currently migrating a bunch of data from several Excel files of similar formats into a more structured format. Imagine Tabular data like this in File 1: Customer | Cabinet : Device : Port | ...
23
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6answers
4k views

Is infinite scrolling justifiable?

Recently I've noticed a new trend in user interfaces. Facebook and Twitter do this, and I've come across it on other random, less famous sites. However, to keep things simple, I'll just use Facebook ...
3
votes
2answers
406 views

Should I be using zoom and pinch to resize user elements?

Is it a violation of the iOS Human Interface Guidelines (HIG)—or for that matter, of good UI design—to use pinch and zoom for the user to size elements on the screen, rather than the whole screen/...
23
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6answers
4k views

Are custom scroll bars easier to use or do they just look “nice”?

I've noticed that a lot of webapps have started using custom scroll bars. A few examples include Facebook, Trello, Google Docs, and Twitter. I'm sure you can think of some more: How do these types ...
2
votes
4answers
334 views

scale or rating design

I was wondering what would be the best way to say someone is one thing or another. So, i want to create a form for Jungian Personality, but i want to make it fast and simple. So i was thinking of ...
8
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4answers
321 views

nice way to display a text message for two dates (range)

I have two arbitrary dates. I was wondering if somebody can suggest the rules to create a text message which tells in a very effective way what the two dates are. Let's assume that my solution is ...
0
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2answers
203 views

MeeGo-based Nokia N9 screen dimensions [closed]

What are the Nokia N9 screen dimensions? Is there a reference to human interface guidelines or available gestures?
11
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5answers
11k views

What is a Modal Dialog Window?

What exactly is a modal dialog window and when should you use it? Are there certain cases where you should refrain from using one?
27
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4answers
1k views

You, Me, or Joe Soap

When listing content in an application (think of a list of documents) we show the name of the document and the name of the author. What should be shown for the author's name when the person reading ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Is there a standard layout for an Android app or should I design mine from first principles?

I am creating an app that provides users information about a building that the app is being designed for. For example it will tell the user the location of the building, hotels/restaurants/cafes ...
7
votes
3answers
389 views

Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...
3
votes
5answers
2k views

Parallax technique on the Web: Types and Best-practices [closed]

I'm trying to gather some best-practices on how to use the parallax effect, combined with different types of uses of the technique. Here is my beginning, do you know more than me? (probably!) What am ...
4
votes
8answers
381 views

Why people tend to go traditional instead of using their cool reminder phone app?

We all have some cool reminders applications in our phones, that have all the features to remind as at a specific time a task we have to do. Besides this, as I read in a review/survey, people tend ...
3
votes
3answers
133 views

Are user able to accurately identify their persona? Or should the be able to?

We are currently developing Personas for our website and as part of the validation process we wanted to see if usability participants would be able to identify which persona segment they most closely ...
4
votes
2answers
953 views

How should I sort items in a drop down list?

I have a simple drop down list containing about 12 choices. The choices are not countries, states, or any other common set of items that users would be used to scanning alphabetically or by name. What'...
39
votes
5answers
35k views

What is a “toast notification”?

Microsoft mentions the toast as a visual element in the package manifest for Metro-style apps with the attribute ToastCapable="true". What does this mean?
3
votes
2answers
176 views

Intutitive way for user to navigate to a second window in application?

I have a 3D model of an aircraft in which the user uses to navigate to get to a specific parts. When the user hovers over a part the part is highlighted with a rectangle. When the part is ...
5
votes
7answers
2k views

What is the best (& quickest!) way to learn wire framing? [closed]

I need to get-up to wire-framing speed! What's the easiest way to learn? I have a good understanding of the concepts as a content manager, but my next role requires these additional skills.
3
votes
1answer
675 views

When to use grids vs lists?

In which cases are grids more useful? With grids I mean something like the homepage of youtube, where you have many rows of videos, and in which cases are lists better, such as the youtube search ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

Courtesy email, is it always good?

From a UX point of view, when writing to a company email, should the company return a courtesy email (we have received your email), or not? Email responses are also feedback, and as such, I'm ...
8
votes
3answers
332 views

Using “user” in a URL structure

This question follows on from this question: Better term for “user”. If it's bad UX to call people using your product "user" then isn't it also bad UX to structure your URL's as YourDomain.com/user/...
3
votes
7answers
339 views

Is touch the ultimate device?

Apple has fallen in love with it, all the smartphone-vendors use it, Microsoft is aiming for it with Windows 8. But is touch the ultimate device? Some people will probably answer this question with ...

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