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Establish a process for "hanging" check-outs to keep the system running Don't check in data automatically — that would be equal to publishing "work in progress." However, you could certainly check in the original data after a period of inactivity. Establish a certain threshold for inactive check-outs — if after some time the user doesn't go back to his ...


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Thinks will go wrong; users will go on holiday; computers with crush; users will die (or just get a new job). Therefore anther user MUST be able to do their work when an item is left checked out. So there must be a way to get a checkout undone. This could be by having an “admin” user with the power to undo checkouts, or by allow any user to undo a ...


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From a technical standpoint, you'd use javascript: onbeforeunload When they close the window, first prompt them to check in (or discard) their checkout. From a UX standpoint, I'd strongly argue that you never check in automatically. Check in should always be a user-triggered event. There's just no way to know if they forgot vs. they abandoned it. If you ...


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Leaving it checked out to the user sounds an acceptable solution if there may be a reason they left it checked out. One option could be to give any user the ability to unlock files but stress that the user that has it checked out would lose any changes by doing so. Another option would be for users to flag that they want something unlocked, this then ...


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Luckily not! or why would recommend not to make use of well established ui elements like tabs or floating windows? You can't really use bad implementations as reference to roll such guide-lines. Because if you would prevent tabs or floating windows, you are just adding much more inconvenience for your users. And opening real browser tabs? Really? So ...


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Never. You should write your code to support their browsers, especially with basic functions like bill paying. You want them to give you money, no? Why on Earth make it difficult (or impossible) for them to do so? There are several business out there that have lost my business for this very reason. I could buy the product/service elsewhere more easily ...


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I would say once every visit. They need to be aware of it but, at the same time, it's really their choice. Tell them when they arrive and make it something they have to positively dismiss. Make sure you include the relevant links/instructions to make it easy for them to comply. But, once they've dismissed the message, leave them alone until the next time ...


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Since it sounds like your users are performing a fairly critical action on the site --- paying bills --- you should show them a warning every time.



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