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Character limits on fields - pros and cons and best practices?

Some of our form fields have character limits. We're debating whether we should reflect the current size of data entry, or to simply hard-limit and inhibit data entry beyond that size. In HTML, ...
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3answers
3k views

Reason for blinking laptop power light on suspend

My HP Pavilion laptop has a power light on the switch (a slide-and-release switch). This light is off when the computer is off or hibernated, constantly on when the power is on, and it blinks when the ...
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3answers
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Tooltips for Icons/Buttons

So it's mentioned frequently how icons and buttons might not always be 100% intuitive in what they mean, and that ideally they should be accompanied by a label. What about a tooltip, like in HTML ...
9
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7answers
395 views

How to choose the text on the submit button in forms?

REGISTER Username ----------------------- |_____________________| Password ----------------------- |_____________________| .------. | Submit | '------' When designing forms, do you customize ...
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4answers
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Displaying a large data set in a table cell

What is the best way to display a large data set, e.g. 50 words, in a table cell? I am thinking maybe a linkable piece of text such that when clicked, displays a popup box with the full text. ...
3
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3answers
354 views

Ask to show tutorial on first start?

The help system of my desktop application contains a "first steps" tutorial to introduce the general workflow and some terms. The tutorial can be found directly in the main menu and in the help ...
2
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4answers
3k views

Questions to be asked in a survey for Desktop Application

Can you experts please let me know some questions that can be asked in a survey? We have just released an updated version of our data security (encryption) desktop application but the response is not ...
3
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3answers
788 views

Should I use customized social buttons

I am facing a cornelian choice. Should I use custom social sharing buttons for UI consistency or should I keep them original for better recognition ?
0
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1answer
147 views

How to allow filtering Films in my app intuitively? (GUI design)

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this but I wrote an app that shows all the movies in one's computer with the appropriate info such as genre, director, rating, etc. I am wondering how ...
4
votes
1answer
600 views

Is having more then 1 label for a form element really against web accessibility guidelines?

I'm working on making my pages compliant to us section 508, and wcag 2.0 aaa. I've got a bunch of fields that have ghosting on them, like date text boxes. they use the labelOver plugin that can ...
5
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3answers
341 views

“File” for name of drop-down menu

In Windows mostly, a lot (most?) applications have a "File" drop-down menu, with things like "Exit", "Import/export settings", "Preferences", ... Is "File" a blindly accepted standard/default? ...
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2answers
2k views

Should web users see the http:// prefix to websites?

Chrome seems to have been the first to start hiding the http:// prefix last year, and there seemed to be significant contention. Rather than show the full prefix chrome lops off http:// and displays ...
8
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2answers
216 views

Is F1-F12 the same for every keyboard/language

I have little tooltip graphics, each with a picture of a keyboard shortcut. Sometimes, the picture is a F5, a F10, etc. I was wondering (for accessibility reasons) if everyone has a keyboard with "F" ...
4
votes
3answers
469 views

Is offering more than one openid/social-sign-in option a good idea?

Lots of sites nowadays offer the option to log in via Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and so on, and sometimes a standard username/password option as well. While this goes a long way toward helping users ...
4
votes
3answers
380 views

Windows directory picker: why need an extra button?

The standard directory pickers are as follows. They have a long input box with the current chosen directory, a '...' button next to it that opens a directory picker to chosen a new direcotry. Why is ...
3
votes
1answer
5k views

How to simplify a long form

We are designing a web app for tour operators and the initial data looks like the attachment, any ideas to simplify. some of the fields will be calculated those will be removed, and some unneeded ...
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vote
3answers
214 views

How to convert a visitor/ browser to a user?

I run a social learning network that enables anyone to create a class/ workshop on almost any non-academic topic and allows users to register online. Anybody can be a teacher or learner. Its free. ...
2
votes
2answers
467 views

Dialog asking to save changes when doing a selection change?

In our desktop application we have a viewer which shows the content of a selected item (both, viewer and list, are located in the same window). When the user selects a different item, its content will ...
1
vote
1answer
197 views

Detail page with different main-navigation dependent on inner-link vs. landingpage

Consider product detail pages of which some rank pretty good on long-tail keywords. However, some testing has shown that visitors often 'leak' to more general pages through the main navigation. ...
5
votes
1answer
2k views

Filtering and searching with UISearchBar on the iPhone?

For iPhone development, is there any UI/UX pattern I should be following with the UISearchBar to permit both filtering and searching? My use case is one screen were we display nearby in a UITableView ...
5
votes
4answers
461 views

Recommended training/conferences for UX designer?

We would like to invest in a couple of our team members to give them training in UX and GUI design. I realize UX is a fresh and rapidly changing field, which is why I'm hoping to get some advice ...
5
votes
4answers
365 views

Balance between mandatory fields and optional fields

I am working on the project part of which is building a user profile page that is used to collect some information from the user so that this can be used to display better matching results for that ...
3
votes
1answer
356 views

Search input on mobile device

I'm designing an mobile-web-app (ie: not a native app) for touchscreen smartphones. When you add a search input, do we need to add the search button (for processing the search) or use the one present ...
1
vote
2answers
112 views

Which input layout for choosing between Option1, Option2 and (Option1 or Option2, dynamically)

One setting in our app has to be as follows: For a certain scenario, the user select whether he wants: Always use option X Or always use option Y Or, depending on a dynamic flag, use X or Y (he ...
2
votes
4answers
1k views

Why show the global menus only on mouseover in Ubuntu Unity?

The new Unity interface in Ubuntu since version 11.04 has a global menu bar. This menu bar shows a behaviour that I find very surprising, it hides the menu entries as long as the cursor is not above ...
7
votes
2answers
823 views

What's the best positioning strategy for dialog boxes?

In a Windows application, there are many options for determining the starting position of a dialog. In the center of the application's main window In the center of the screen where the application's ...
7
votes
2answers
186 views

Balancing Information: Number of elements

I'm currently working on a redesign of our company support page. The focus is to move towards a search orientated experience, but there's been some debate about which elements to keep there and which ...
2
votes
4answers
565 views

How to resolve a multilevel sidebar menu where parent sections must show children AND link somewhere

Note: When reading this keep in mind we may have more of an information architecture problem than a menu usability one. Suppose we have this menu: Item 1 ............ Should link to ...
0
votes
1answer
177 views

Developing the news area for a website

I'm developing a simple website to a small company. It has a back-office (built with PHP and mySQL) for edit/ add/ remove some content like products and news. The news has some text and an image. ...
5
votes
1answer
900 views

How do interstitial ads impact site UX?

(Spawned by How should Ad splash pages be handled for those with ads disabled?) Has any data been published on the impact of interstitial (whole page ads between content) on the user's experience? Is ...
3
votes
3answers
150 views

When I change the name of one page, should all child's of that page, have the url rewritten?

This question is actually three questions, but since they are all related to each other, they should stay in the same question. First, should I allow a user to change the url of a already created ...
8
votes
2answers
967 views

Auto-suggest confuses users; How do I improve it?

I wanted to get some ideas on how a problem like this might be avoided. A mobile app (android, ios) that I work on uses a local sqllite DB to power an auto-suggest feature on the search screen. The ...
4
votes
1answer
217 views

How should Ad splash pages be handled for those with ads disabled?

I see it all too often; I click a link to an article on the web and I get this: It's not (as) readily apparent it's an ad screen, at first I thought it was the classic "white screen" of a page that ...
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votes
9answers
18k views

Should a button become lighter or darker on hover?

We're having a discussion in the office about whether a button should become lighter or darker when a user hovers over it. Here are some examples from the field: Apple "Buy Now" button (Second is ...
7
votes
3answers
229 views

Representing different plans without offending users?

My users can be part of multiple organisations, which may or may not have a paid account. When we discussed lately how we should make paid accounts stand out in a list, concerns were raised by senior ...
5
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7answers
458 views

What's an appropriate icon to represent an organisation? [closed]

Ok, so I need to use an icon to represent organisations in an otherwise boring list. What comes to my mind directly is either using something financially related, such as a small stack of coins, or ...
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5answers
574 views

Should apps allow the use of non-Latin names?

When you have an application with an intended international audience, you are likely to run into issues with names. The W3C has some interesting documentation on names, but I'm not sure how good it ...
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vote
1answer
332 views

Toggling a Mute Button [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should a toggle button show its current state or the state to which it will change? I was using a simple app on my iPhone yesterday (a flashlight app) and there was a ...
9
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3answers
1k views

Breadcrumb or tabbed form or best of both?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and our users have been ...
6
votes
5answers
2k views

Form - time input

I saw a few posts about dates and what not. I was wondering what the best solution would be to get time. It needs to be an exact time and it would be nice to support both time formats. Should i just ...
2
votes
2answers
342 views

Tentative vague appointment

I am working on a web functionality that allows an user to request an appointment with another user. However, users may have not met nor known about each others schedule. Therefore, options must be ...
3
votes
3answers
5k views

Which free font should I use to write code in my text document?

I'm writing some articles, mainly in blogs or small, approximately 1 paper long, printed articles. Now this text contains some code. Most often it is not a code block but just a method name, a ...
4
votes
3answers
526 views

Decline in JavaScript prompt() usage?

I've been seeing less and less use of javascript's prompt function. I find it very useful but I was curious as to why the decline of usage. I see something very similar to it used everyday ( iOS ...
8
votes
2answers
3k views

Column header alignment

What is the best practice to have a column header alignment, should it be left or center aligned? On click of the column header the columns can be also sorted. Numeric values will be right aligned by ...
4
votes
6answers
474 views

Creating Interfaces that Build Emotional Bonds

What are factors in the user experience that lead to users having an emotional tie to an interface, why, and what would be an example of each factor.
2
votes
2answers
546 views

Anyone used Balsamiq mockups for JIRA? [closed]

As both a Balsamiq and JIRA user I'm interested in this plugin. Has anyone used it? Any idea if it allows you to save the .bmml files in a specific folder, hence allowing the use of project assets?
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votes
5answers
4k views

When is a right-handed navigation sidebar appropriate?

When is a right-handed sidebar for navigation a good choice? If possible, I would like some examples where it has been used, such as this sidebar from Google's official blog.
7
votes
2answers
383 views

How to display UI operation delay

I am implementing some UI functionality. I have a button that perform some short or long (time) action. I have implemented so logic: if action's execution time more then some in milliseconds, then ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

Better approach to blue/underlined for link?

We have a web application that allows users to query a database. The results are returned in a breadcrumb style interface. We brought this change in at a new version, and assumed it was self-...
2
votes
2answers
520 views

Alternative to “Hover For More Information” Controls

I don't like modal popups, because they force you to close them before you resume normal input -- and because they tend to dominate the screen. When I made Valence, I had a dilemma: where do I put ...

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