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What are the negative and positive aspects of dark color scheme?

I am using Light-on-dark color scheme (dark background with light text) in my application. My question is, what are the negative and positive aspects of this color scheme and why this color scheme ...
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Is a cancel button necessary in a web form?

Personally I have never used it. I don't put information in a form and then decide everything needs to be cleared. I would edit one field. Plus cancel in a UI suggests canceling an action which is in ...
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Where should the second most important tab go?

Is this picture true or false? My assertion is that it is true, but I would like your collective second opinion. Do you know of some research online on the subject? My explanation is that users ...
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How to make a progress-speed bar more understandable?

I've just installed Windows 8 and noticed the brand new File copying dialog. When expanded, it shows the progress and the current transfer speed in one graph. However, the graph confuses me greatly. ...
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Intuitive interface for Composing Boolean Logic?

I'm interested to know how people have, or would construct an interface which simplifies constructing logical boolean conditions? (Yes, it's a database query builder) In my mind a bad interface has ...
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Radio Button: Yes/No or No/Yes

In some cases, as No is the default option for a radio button, should it be placed first instead of Yes? In my opinion, default option should be prioritized to place on left. What's your opinion?
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How to prevent users using your app while driving?

I'm working on an app project for professional drivers. Besides all the features we need to offer them, we need to prevent as much as we can our users to use the app while driving. Can you think of ...
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Synonym for 'GUI' for non-technical people?

Does anyone know a good synonym for 'GUI' that non-technical people will understand? Or a simple sentence explaining it that still won't scare them off? I mean this in the context of, for example, ...
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Why is it called the fold?

Why is the place where the visible screen (on load) ends called the Fold? I have a hard time even writing out the definition for it, but when someone says The Fold, I know exactly what they mean. ...
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Why don't users want to see adverts relating to products/services they might be interested in?

As we all know, Google's content display network, as well as many other successful setups rely on delivering targeted adverts to users to increase the chances of adverts falling in front of the ...
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What are some great web-based prototyping tools? [closed]

I'm looking for a list of web-based prototyping tools and I'd like to build one up here by using StackExchange's democratic voting system. There are already some lists around the web, notably these ...
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What is the best font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

I often have very limited space when creating reports and dashboards for users. I usually use Arial, or Arial Narrow, but UI isn't my area of expertise, so I want to know, is there an optimal font for ...
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Why we don't use wider interfaces on wide screens

Screen are getting wider and wider. Almost every interface uses a fixed width and content is centered in the screen. I know we can't read a too long line easily, but there are solutions to fill the ...
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8answers
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As a programmer, how do I move into User Experience Design?

I've been a developer for over 6 years, mainly working in the web context, and generally distributed applications, services, and also front-facing apps. I got into programming originally through ...
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17answers
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Computer login with password only, without username

I have an idea to simplify the login screen on things like home computers with a small number of users (say, 2-10) with passwords. Today, a typical home computer's login screen has three steps: ...
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13answers
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Is there a better character than the asterisk to indicate a modified document?

In Windows applications it seems to be a common way to indicate modified, unsaved documents with an asterisk * character. E.g. this is how Visual Studio .NET 2012 indicates a modified document: ...
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9answers
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How can I make monochrome icons work?

My company has just implemented a monochrome icon theme in an attempt to transition to a more "modern" interface. Feedback from the first round of user testing has been mixed: Almost everybody ...
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10answers
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What is the best way to inspire users to choose strong password?

Most of the users use weak passwords. They may use weak passwords even for services where they store sensitive information. I think it's because they don't believe that their password may be ...
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When a button contains text and an icon, which should come first?

Assuming I'm optimizing for making it as fast and easy as possible for most users to find the button they need, what's the optimal ordering?
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9answers
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Is there a universally recognizable “Download” button?

I was trying to download software from a website below (I white-outed the software name, etc.): At first, I couldn't figure out which was the download button. The first button up top was painfully ...
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9answers
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Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?

Here at Stack Exchange we're currently wrestling with weaknesses in our tags system. As we open up new verticals – some of which include very non-technical users like cooking – we suspect that the ...
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7answers
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How should you show that an accordion is expanded?

When you have an accordion, you need some way of showing the current state is expanded. There are a number of different ways of handling this, and each is used by a number of respected websites and ...
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Deletion: Confirm or Undo? Which is the better option and why?

Which one is the better option and why? Delete with Confirmation [The action cannot be undone] or Delete with one click [And provide option to Undo]
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Merging firstname/last name into one field

I am entertaining the notion of a single field for name entry on our scheduling web app. I think this is an excellent case for a "forgiving format" to make it easy to enter their names quickly. I ...
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7answers
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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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6answers
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Don't hide or disable menu items?

In 2008, Joel Spolsky wrote: A long time ago, it became fashionable, even recommended, to disable menu items when they could not be used. Don't do this. Users see the disabled menu item ...
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Which are the best UI related blogs/sites? [closed]

This goes along the lines of the Must-read UI books. I haven't found too many blogs/sites that are aimed exclusively to this topic that are good resources for UI, so I hope you can recommend a few ...
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How do you prevent scope creep in agile projects when usability testing?

I have a client who recently asked me about this problem. I was wondering how you'd handle it? They are new to UX and to Agile methods, so they are struggling in interesting ways. As part of a ...
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Is 'Home' button still a must?

I was wondering if the 'Home' button is still a must on a website menu, or are users already used to clicking on the Logo? There is a qustion on ux.stackexchange.com about this topic - Home button vs ...
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13answers
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Why do Microwave oven UIs fail?

I’m not a professional chef, but I do know my way around the kitchen and its machines. The dishwasher, the fridge, the freezer, the stove and the oven all works as expected in many homes. Could you ...
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6answers
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Should I provide feedback from a save button?

I'm currently in the process of developing a Windows Application which produces Word Documents. In the program there is the ability to save your progress (different to the "Save as a Word Document" ...
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14answers
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How do I get users to read error messages?

If your intended audience is nontechnical you find yourself at a severe risk that your users will plain ignore the carefully worded error messages, either staring in shock at them, calling and yelling ...
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6answers
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Is scrolling better than clicking to reveal more content?

Which is faster? Scrolling down or clicking a button to reveal more content? Currently, our site requires clicking of page numbers to reveal more content. We have 9 channels per page, which fits on ...
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6answers
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What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design?

What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design? I am bit confused about fluid and responsive design. Fluid is the one where we give width in percentages so that design will look ...
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14answers
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What part of overview item should be clickable

We're making an overview of whitepapers, videos and other resources. Me and the frontend designer are in a small disagreement over which part of the item should be clickable. Should it be: only ...
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4answers
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How many clicks is too few?

I'm analysing the users on a website and notice there are lot's of options that are almost never clicked on, which have the same prominence (so I'd assume as easy to find) as some much more popular ...
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5answers
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Should a dot or period (.) get italicized?

When do we italicise the dot (.) or period symbol, does it actually change the (.). So, is . different from . Can anyone tell just by looking at the example which one is italicised? And ...
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6answers
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When the username is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?

When the username for a service is an email address should the field be called 'username' or 'email'?
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5answers
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Why does the space bar do page down in browsers

Why is the space bar doing a page down in some viewer apps, especially browsers and PDF readers? For me this seems to be a bit counter-intuitive, and also this behaviour affects games and other ...
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5answers
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Do “promo codes” or “coupon codes” do more harm than good?

My clients seem to love coupon and promo codes, but I've recently become very skeptical of them. When I'm shopping there's times I'll see a promo code field and I'll wonder off to other sites to find ...
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3answers
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What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?

Here's how Microsoft new Windows Azure portal elements look like: and that seems to be "Windows 8 style". Visual Studio 2012 also has plenty of user elements in ALL CAPS. For dozens of years ALL ...
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5answers
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What research is there suggesting modal dialogs are disruptive?

It seems "Everyone" knows they're highly disruptive for many situations but often times clients don't. Particularly in desktop applications this form of dialog is often misused, often disrupting a ...
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7answers
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Designing a password/authentication system usable for young children in a classroom

We are all familiar with the best password practices for websites which will be used by adults, such as storing passwords in one-way hashes, using password resets instead of emailing password, etc. ...
40
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10answers
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Display big numbers in a small area

I am developing an accounting app where I display several orders. Every order has a price. I have a box where I would like to display the price as shown below: This works pretty well for fairly ...
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10answers
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Is a “Never tell your password to anyone” message in chat really necessary?

In almost every chat window I open, there's this fairly obvious statement: Never tell your [password/credit card/social security/etc] to anyone. Are there some standards for chat functionality that ...
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Why do we say we “browse” to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser? [closed]

Browsing the web is a common daily task for more than a billion users, and we do not pay much attention to it. We just “browse to a place” or ask our laughing friend across the table “where she is on ...
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5answers
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Default gender, “Male” or “Female”

Should our default gender when selecting male/female on the dropdown list be based on the local sex ratio (if a country have more female than male then female is the default value)?
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9answers
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How much information should you ask for when users register?

So the company wants all the information it can get on the users of its site, but how much should be asked for upon registration? On one hand, it would be easier for the users to enter only personal ...
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6answers
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Will forcing response time to the average time as a minimum improve UX?

I have a situation where my Ajax call response time could vary from 14ms to 600ms, because of the complexity of a Query they could make. From my experience Users take for granted those 20-80 ms round ...

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