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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
184 views

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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3answers
209 views

How to improve my layout [closed]

I have a couple of questions here: 1) What if I have two news stories posted for a day should I bullet the titles or how should I format them so that it stands out more that they are separate news ...
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2answers
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Alternatives to MDI layout?

As WPF has no built-in MDI support I was looking around for alternatives for a rather large graphical work oriented application. The application will have a lot of different widgets, and for a lot of ...
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Contributing UX/UI to Free/Open Source Projects?

I'd like to exercise some of my UX/UI knowledge by contributing to a couple of the FOSS projects that I've used over the years. I've found that these projects usually have a huge deficiency in the ...
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How can I make it obvious that a page element is to be hovered over?

On my webpage I have five boxes containing the names of each step in a five step process. When the user hovers over one of the boxes, it expands and shows text explaining that process. How can I ...
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4answers
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Good ways to handle precisely overlapping data points in a graph?

In an application, I have a graph of markers--either with or without connecting lines--in which it is possible to have data points, and therefore markers, that are at the exact same location, even if ...
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5answers
261 views

Is it normal for users to ask for more detail than should really be implemented?

I just released my first ever application into the world and asked for feedback. I was surprised by the feedback, because the users are asking for a lot of detail. They seem to want a user interface ...
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4answers
350 views

Does pagination make the impression that there is more content than when it is displayed all at once?

Does pagination make the impression that there is more content than when it is displayed all at once? Note that this is not the regular "Is pagination better than scrolling?" question. I'm only ...
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1answer
2k views

What properly goes into the “caption” of a message box?

By convention, what is the best practice for the text that goes into the "caption" field of a text box? The "caption" field is the text that shows up in the title bar: I have experimented with ...
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2answers
595 views

Icon for collapsing/expanding left side panel on tablet [closed]

I'm struggling to find a good icon to represent to users that while reading an article or something similar, they can click a small icon to reveal a left side panel to show additional options. I've ...
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17answers
10k views

How to discover what users NEED and not what they WANT?

I have been thinking a lot about my favorite quote from Henry Ford: If I asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'Faster Horses'. -Henry Ford The trouble I have been having is that ...
2
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2answers
228 views

What examples are there for grouping multiple site tools under one button or dropdown?

We're considering moving links to all our site tools under one button. Clicking the button would open a modal exposing links to these tools. The button would be in the header and be available on all ...
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5answers
860 views

Is user experience a job position?

What I meant by my question was is user experience a stand alone job position, or is it a technical or artistic position that uses some principles of user experience design? The reason I ask is ...
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3answers
1k views

travel website UX

Background I have been asked to review a (very) beta version of a travel site (http://barrheadtravel.traveltek.net/holidays.phtml old site: http://www.barrheadtravel.co.uk/) and was wondering if any ...
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6answers
1k views

Is there a name for the UI that marks key positions in a scroll bar?

In Chrome, when you do a text search, you'll see the locations of found instances of the text string shown as yellow lines in the vertical scrollbar. If you run Visual Studio with the Resharper ...
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5answers
1k views

email field or username for logging in an application?

What is the best solution for an app : Email or username field? I like email because: it's unique user will easily remember it's personal (which can be a disadvantage sometimes; Multiple users on ...
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3answers
381 views

How to provide keyboard navigation in editable table that includes drop downs?

I'm designing a business application. When the user enters the main data entity in the application part of the form is tabular. Since some of the users will have an intensive usage of this ...
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1answer
296 views

Advertisement headers for a website

What are some good ways to incorporate a 728x90 ad into the header of a site keeping the navigation in mind?
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3answers
864 views

Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons

I am trying to create a navigation menu with 2 functions in it... the website 'page' navigation links and 'action' buttons... sort of like this image http://skitch.com/christieday/gg2sr/dribbble-...
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1answer
2k views

What is best practice for designing a Persistent Navigation (or navigation that stays visible and fixed when the user scrolls)

Looking for best practices when designing a persistent navigation like below: NFL (the scores in the banner)http://www.nfl.com/ Facebooks blue header http://www.facebook.com/ Creatticas header and ...
1
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1answer
208 views

Easy way to let every-day users embed images, videos, audio files, etc. inside text?

I need to let users embed videos, images, audio files, etc. inside text. For right now, these videos will come from urls, but they might one day point to videos/images/audio files stored on the server ...
6
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4answers
440 views

What are good rules for naming tags?

Similar to What are good rules for naming menu items?, what are good tag naming conventions? For example, should one pluralize the topic (wavelets) or always use the singular (wavelet)? Is it better ...
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5answers
2k views

How do I make a table row on a web page look clickable?

I have a simple web-based report presented as a table: Some rows are clickable, others are not (it can be seen with the third column. Greater than 0 means the row can be clicked and expanded in a ...
4
votes
3answers
134 views

Actions without text or hidden actions

In web UI as of late there seems to be a change in how actions (buttons and links) are displayed. Here are a couple of examples: Actions are hidden until the user scrolls over the "thing" upon which ...
6
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3answers
549 views

Emails in plain text or HTML?

When communicating with customers, is it better to send emails in plain text or html formats? Each has different strengths and weaknesses, but the question of which is better still remains. Which ...
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3answers
476 views

Help or support?

I'm interested in the difference between using the words help or support when used in the context of customer help/support on a website or application. Which would you use and why? As always any ...
3
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3answers
222 views

Outline to improve the user experience

I am working on a project that is basically a search engine for food. It tells you the nearest place that serves the dish you want to eat. They requested me to make a simple outline about our actual ...
2
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3answers
465 views

What to ask for in a UX / IxD Masters degree

Ive just been accepted in a masters degree created by some of the most experienced interaction designers in my country. Before kicking off theyve asked each student to tell them a little bit about ...
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3answers
184 views

User Scrolling Issue

I have a site where I am thinking about putting an ajax "click for more results" similar to twitter, etc. But each of my results is displayed with A, B, C next to the result. I'm wondering what I ...
4
votes
2answers
811 views

Best way to handle mobile website terms and conditions?

A form I am optimising for mobile has specific references to terms and conditions in numerous times (not just at the end usual checkbox, for example "We need this detail to sometimes contact you, read ...
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2answers
2k views

What is a good approach to reordering table rows from a usability standpoint? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Most intuitive way to offer manual sorting? I have a web application that uses many table rows. Each row typically has an ordering field, and the client just put a number ...
4
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1answer
339 views

Why at some web are pages always from 1,2,3 … for newest messages?

When I visit some pages, they have newest items first; page 1 has always the newest items. Some examples are imdb boards and icanhascheezburger. I think this is case of top posting, because messages ...
2
votes
1answer
192 views

Best way to add account providers?

I briefly looked at spotify and I found that they use 2 providers: Themselves and facebook. Ie I can log in to spotify with facebook. But then it asks me for my spotify account when I downloaded the ...
6
votes
4answers
985 views

Deliberate Barriers to Entry in Web Design

ACHICA.com has taken the "members only club" concept to a level I've never seen online; you can hardly view anything on the site without registering. This is the first time I've seen barriers to entry ...
2
votes
4answers
898 views

How to design batch adding in a web application?

I'm creating a web application with batch adding and batch editting function. Could anyone suggest an interface on how this will go about? Im using PHP as the server side language. I am creating an ...
4
votes
4answers
464 views

A portfolio of … text? (Information Visualization Challenge)

I'm trying to build a portfolio template for a writer's portfolio, and I'm having trouble finding an effective way to present so much text. Most portfolio sites have the benefit of (hopefully) ...
2
votes
3answers
227 views

Selection in a dropdown with two different input formats

I am building a tool which will be used on a regular basis by call center agents. The tool is concerned with supporting products - and as such each product has a product page which contains ...
7
votes
3answers
5k views

Better to use hover vs. click to display dropdown menus on main navigation of web app?

I work on a web-based medical records system. In the previous version, main horizontal menu employed ExtJS. It used the standard click to display the sub-menu found in ExtJS. I'm considering whether ...
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vote
2answers
490 views

Is there evidence or rule in UX against showing tabs within wizard steps for forms?

Is there evidence or rule in UX against showing tabs within wizard steps for forms? For e.g If there is a 4 step process and it needs to be brought down to 3 steps, we are thinking of combining 2 ...
6
votes
2answers
357 views

Is it acceptable to contact a potential customer who has accessed your site, using their IP?

We run ad campaigns to attract potential customers to our website. Sometimes customers click, but don't make contact. Is it acceptable to reach out to these customers, based on the public info ...
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vote
3answers
295 views

Reasons For Moving To Required Login For Order Form

Now I know the question seems like it will have obvious answers, but what I need mostly are sources if possible. I would like to convince my boss' that requiring logins to order is the right path. I ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

Forgotten Passwords - is there a real benefit to asking for memorable password hints on signup?

On several signup forms I see fields such as "Choose your Memorable Password Question". Is this actually benifical nowadays? Surely a more secure method if someone forgets their password is to build a ...
4
votes
4answers
615 views

Should a file location field be provided up-front as part of a file upload feature?

Where there is the option to upload a single file to a website, what is the most intuitive method of doing this? There seem to be two obvious options: Give the user the location field and 'browse'...
31
votes
8answers
24k views

How to tell the user his login credentials are incorrect?

When a user has entered incorrect details into a login form, is it better to tell them: The username or password you have entered is invalid. or The user name you have entered is invalid (for ...
100
votes
15answers
93k views

Why is it impossible to deselect HTML “radio” inputs?

In HTML, there are currently two types of "checkbox" style controls: Checkbox: Allows toggling on/off, multiple values can be selected Radio: Only one value in a group may be selected, does not ...
7
votes
4answers
2k views

Form Design with fifty search criteria

I am working on a search screen which has 50 fields having the following types of controls. Also one more problem is user can choose any one of the search criteria that can still fetch the results. ...
2
votes
3answers
177 views

Including everyone in the company User Story creation?

I am a firm believer that design happens in every part of a company. Encouraging participation in Story creation follows that vein. We have been experimenting with encouraging anyone - programmers, ...

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