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Does the padlock icon make users perceive your site as safer?

I was recently in a discussion with one of our developers about the usage of padlock icons (not on the https link) in user interfaces. I remember encountering the icon in lots of different ...
4
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1answer
249 views

How can we have usability and UX tests around PAN (personal area network) gadgets interfaces?

Our gadgets around us are changing and I think that it will continue for a while. I really wonder if there is a nice example about usability and overall experience testing methods for Personal area ...
6
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4answers
184 views

How should Likert scale options be ordered?

I was asked to give feedback after chatting with Apple support. It seems odd that Apple would ask for feedback in this manner: High to Low (5 - 1). I would expect it to ask for feedback this way: ...
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1answer
115 views

100% width user's profile cover photo?

I just wonder whether anyone or services allows a user to have a 100% width profile cover photo like these examples I found on Dribbble. I want to try to put this feature into my one of my projects. ...
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3answers
60 views

Tree view: How to indicate that only some sub-items are selected?

I have an application where the client can select items from a tree-like structure using checkboxes. Items with only some sub-items selected show only a "grayed" check mark which transports the "not ...
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0answers
27 views

How to desctibe by an icon that something is mandatory? [closed]

Entering a subway station yesterday I noticed a sign with two parts: No smoking icon, and just a textual message saying something like "No entry without a valid ticket". Indeed, it's easy to ...
3
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4answers
112 views

Comparing and merging user interface revisions from multiple people

How can I compare, merge, and prevent conflicts between UI changes made by different members of a multi-person UI development team? Context for this Question: Visual diff and merge tools like Meld ...
0
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2answers
113 views

Why most web designer don’t embed the image sizes in the html document [closed]

Most web sites have images on then but the actual image size is not embedded within the HTML document itself. I noticed that because I always enter the text I am looking for in the search box and ...
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3answers
247 views

What content is considered off-putting, “scammy”, or users don't care about for a website?

I've been recently told that users don't care about certain information or find the website (consequently, the company) suspicious or questionable when the following info are stated: Number of ...
0
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1answer
73 views

Add simple option to an InstallShield Express project?

I've got a very simple, straightforward Install Shield Express project that installs our client software. Currently, I only show a minimal set of dialogs during the installation process (Welcome, ...
0
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1answer
31 views

notify user of not being able to update array

I have an array of images that is loaded on my iphone through the internet. It is then cached. If I don't have any internet or bad internet should I load the cached array with: An on screen alert ...
2
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1answer
66 views

Prompting customer login before making changes to their account

In a project I'm working on, there's a service website where customers can register objects they own in order to use the service. If a customer owns many of these objects, all can be registered on the ...
0
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2answers
93 views

Task list due date format

What is the most user-friendly way to display a due date (in the context of a task list). For example (time until due): Do the dishes - One hour until due Wash the car - 3 days until due Buy ...
0
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1answer
71 views

Is there any established convention for indicating that a link will scroll the page? (jump links)

There are various existing conventions to give users clues about what will happen on clicking or touching a link when it is not a standard link to another page, for example: Single chevrons pointing ...
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11answers
6k views

Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?

There are many puns online where not having the Oxford comma (Serial comma) can be interpreted as something other than intended, such as the infamous Sky News notification: It’s hilarious, I know, ...
0
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1answer
245 views

Sign Up and Sign In widget on every page: Slide-down Panel or Lightbox

I have a question about implementing a sign up and sign in widget that works on any page on a site (i.e. without redirecting users to a sign in page when they want to log in to interact with content ...
0
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2answers
51 views

What is the best practice for styling video metadata on a webpage?

For a project i'm working on, a video must be displayed on a webpage, as well as the metadata that goes with it. The metadata includes video title, description, rating, video size, time uploaded. At ...
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2answers
67 views

What is easy to perceive? Width or height?

Let say I have to show the difference between two values then what will be the best to show the values horizontally or vertically. Edit: I need to know in which graph it would be easier to compare ...
0
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3answers
76 views

For an app with videos, how do you get users to view more than just the first few pages of results?

I'm making an app that has tonnes of categories of videos and within each category could be hundreds of videos. The problem is that users generally only scroll through maybe 30 results which means ...
0
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2answers
64 views

Usability of vertical split bar to resize splitted view

I have a program with an interface that is much like jsfiddle, specifically the vertically draggable inner "bar" that lets you resize between the size of the left panels and the right panels. I ...
2
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2answers
81 views

Can I use the same touch gesture to navigate between screens and to interact with content on screen?

I have a situation where I don't really know if there is a possibility that the user experience can get sloppy. Its specifically for an iPhone app if it matters. Basically, I have two views, a list ...
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2answers
253 views

Pagination on desktop version of website, but not on mobile version?

The New York Times articles are paginated in the desktop view, but on the mobile site there's no pagination at all. (you can try it with this simulator) What could be the reasons behind this ...
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1answer
21 views

is there a tried-and-true pattern for explaining required oauth permissions?

I'm building a webapp that depends on oauth with an outside provider. Before I send the user to the oauth page I'd like to explain to them why I need the permissions I do. Obviously I cannot do this ...
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1answer
133 views

Advantages/disadvantages of a ring or stair design for long page websites

I'm currently planning for my personal website, which I plan to make as a long page website. (See this for an example of a long page website) As how I imagine my Experience section, it will ...
2
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2answers
105 views

Title Case or Sentence case for dropdown options in web form?

We're adding dropdown boxes (HTML <select>) to several forms to allow users to choose between several options. Should dropdown options be Title Case or Sentence case? In our web application we ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Displaying user skills with pie chart (in percentage)

I have seen various job templates where users have shown concepts to show skills in a percentage value or pie charts. Below are some examples of that: Source: Source: Source: Is this ...
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0answers
45 views

UI for Map and Navigation with multiple destinations

i'm currently developing a map functionality using google maps, using it's wide array of services, that includes directions service. My question is about a good user interface to handle this ...
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2answers
198 views

Should I use Collapsible Panels on Landing Page or something else?

I am looking to build a landing page for new users from advertising. On my site, there are several ways to get what you want -- all of them equal weight from my perspective -- but with different ways ...
0
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1answer
62 views

Open intranet in a new tab

I´m working on a new website. This site has a front-end part, which is about the company, etc, and then the users could log in and go to an intranet site with the information about their accounts. My ...
2
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3answers
388 views

Standard notation for describing UI

Is there a somewhat standard (commonly used) notation that allows to specify key information right on the mockup like: font, size, boldness color something being centered or left/right aligned same ...
4
votes
2answers
222 views

Best way to include multiple upload fields in crowded form?

Context: I'm working on a four step form, each step has between 4 to 10 input elements of various types, from text fields to dropdowns and checkboxes. I've managed to keep it gradual and easy so the ...
7
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8answers
370 views

Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges?

Is there evidence to show that number ranges are more readable using hyphens or en dashes (on digital screens)? For example, according to your style choice, you can correctly list store hours two ...
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1answer
71 views

Reactive (real-time update) or not for better user experience

Let me first explain what does the attached mock do. It's an order manager application where the customer support can go through the orders for a customer. That's what the Customer Order screen does. ...
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1answer
64 views

Progress Box and Subversion Repository Backend to update user on revert progress

I am currently on a project that uses a Subversion Back End to commit/revert/lock content. Right now, I am trying to find a way to communicate to the user when a revert fails, why it failed. ...
2
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0answers
129 views

Why has Amazon not significantly changed their design in years? [closed]

When I use amazon, I find it inelegant, clunky and it seems to me there's all this distracting information dumped all over the place making it hard to find what I am looking for like a release date ...
2
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1answer
48 views

An alternative to Indeterminate checkboxes?

How best to display incomplete or indeterminate state? Microsoft UI pattern has an display icon for this - a dark box within the checkbox instead of a check. (See pizza toppings [ALL] in the link ...
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vote
1answer
1k views

Should content be left aligned or right aligned in a table that contains a mix of text and numbers?

I have many tables within a site that have a mixture of both numeric values of all types (currency, integers, etc) and columns that contain text. What is the guidelines or standards for alignment? ...
0
votes
1answer
432 views

What patterns should I use for huge data

I have a situation where i'm splitting one huge table (it is beyond 3 fold of screen) and creating two tables(one is new and other is updated version of old) Which are again huge in terms of height. ...
0
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2answers
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How do I decide whether my app needs a landscape mode? Is landscape mode good to have as a best-practice?

I am building an app(for the phone), my dilemma is that am not sure whether I want to have landscape orientation or not. Since by default we hold our phones in portrait mode, isn't the expectation to ...
0
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2answers
46 views

What are the arguments against modals when a page loads? [duplicate]

I'm working for an e-commerce client who has requested a design for a newsletter signup modal to appear on page load the second time a user visits the site. I've tried to explain to them that blocking ...
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0answers
38 views

Group (page) navigation: Buttons together or apart

In one part of my application the user can select different groups through a combobox. In addition to that I have two buttons to move to the previous or next group. I have placed these to the left ...
4
votes
3answers
508 views

Popups: No UI-Element to indicate Close-Function (Touch)

I'd love your thoughts on this: Context: Self Service Touch Screen Terminal (Content focused) Instead of using UI-Elements (X-Button, "OK"-Button, "CLOSE"-Button) to close Popups, I m attempting to ...
0
votes
1answer
78 views

How to focus visitors on the search bar when there's a category list also present?

I have a product category list on the left side of my store and I can't remove it. What options do I have in promoting the search bar so that more people use it? I added action text inside the ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Loading GIFs, too many or too few

what are your opinions on loading gifs or spinners? I have some pages on my site that take a second to load up, and I am tempted to have a translucent overlay and spinner, but it looks irritating I ...
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vote
1answer
192 views

Avatar vs Profile Picture vs Display Picture

I have noticed that on message boards, that we use the name avatar for the picture on our profiles. On Facebook and Twitter they are called profile pictures, and on Skype it is called Display Picture. ...
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vote
1answer
112 views

Placing and styling the “Read all answers” for a interview question answer web page

I have a blog where I post interview questions and answers. So for each category like SQL, Java etc I have separate pages. Where in each page I have a collection of questions and a link to their ...
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0answers
71 views

Designing online TV player [closed]

I am currently designing an online TV player for live and recorded TV streaming. The problem I have now is how to display TV categories, channels and program, so that it is most user friendly when ...
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vote
3answers
142 views

How do you make it very obvious that the user should click on a text input that has an onclick event?

I have an input that invokes a datepicker (with pickadate.js) that requires the user to click on it to choose a date. This is what it looks, as an example: From a UX perspective, how do you make it ...
0
votes
1answer
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Why is lexicographical organization not considered a continuum?

http://usabilityfriction.com/2009/09/29/five-hat-racks/ Both Lexicographical (alphabetical) and Chronological seem like they are members of Continuum to me. They can be plotted like any other member ...
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0answers
19 views

Representation of rating scale values that are not whole numbers

Rating scales are used on many websites, generally as a numerical value (e.g. 1-5) or a qualitative value (e.g. very good - very bad). For input it is easy to contain the values to whole values so ...

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