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Problem I think there are several usability problems in current design. Wide single line input limits the way that note could be expressed (no paragraphs, no breaks) and makes the reading much harder. Interaction style is non-convenient, as note-taking area is disjoined from appropriate order. This creates jump-and-search behavior while taking a note, ...


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There are too many decisions to make at the same time on this. You should use JavaScript to progressively invalidate later choices, but maybe not in the way you were thinking. In a case like this, I would try to break it into steps and auto generate a much narrower form from the first choice. You can remove any illegal combination when you display the new ...


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You normally design form fields to match the expected input. Do you have a maximum character count for this field? If so, you can display a countdown, decrementing that number as the user types, to provide them with real-time guidance on how wordy they are allowed to be, and also to circumvent the awkward flow of accepting their typing and then erroring out ...


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You could use your described system (hiding every entered character after input) but still showing every special symbol as in dots, slashes, underscores etc. giving the user the opportunity to check the length before and after those characters. Further I think it would be ok to show the TLD. Additionally - since you are using a touch screen - you could let ...


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Since you have acknowledged that users have an email address that they would prefer you to use, just ask them for that preferred channel. Don't try and second-guess whether it's a daytime/work/home/throwaway address: use the address they nominate. That is, the "most appropriate classification" is simply Preferred.


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Hear those crickets? That’s the sound of no guidelines for dense data presentations for any design language. There has been a need for such guidelines since GUIs first arrived, but there aren’t any I know of. For what it’s worth, I’ve been developing my own approach for dense alpha-numeric GUI presentations over the years, which I described at Coded, ...


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It sounds like your customer is, like everyone else I know in finance, very much hooked on Excel. It might seem horribly cluttered to you, but this person is likely used to working with giant workbooks containing lots of sheets (accessed by tabs). They rarely want to learn a new workflow, so don't break your head trying to force other solutions on them. ...


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As a user, in most cases I don't trust parser that reads the sentence in such human language format. Most events I enter are appointments. Appointments are always important for me, so I always want to be 100% sure that it was added correctly. So if an application allows me to input my appointment like this, I completely ignore this feature and try to find a ...


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how about using a data-entry tree like this http://www.csprousers.org/help/html/data_entry_tree.htm and this http://responsibility.motorola.com/web_help/scriba_12b_-_Remove_this_leaf.png http://responsibility.motorola.com/web_help/Scriba_XLM_Tools_Training/Scriba_-_Material_Data_Entry_for_Complex_Products.htm But this will again depend upon how much data ...


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As there are a lot of data, it's important to minimize user's cognitive load. The data should be clearly structured in a meaningful way and manual input should be minimized (recall over remember principle). To support those requirements, you could: Develop templates for the typical cases. To mantain flexibility, allow user to add or remove data fields ...


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Google Calendar uses a similar input field and I'm quite fond of it. Like Apple's Calendar, it shows a suggestion for how to input a value into it, making it fairly accessible to users. The difficulty with implementing one though is putting enough intelligence into the parsing that it can accept the vast majority of options and formats a user may try.


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I think you need to browse PC Settings of any Windows 8 PC and see what they did there. It's not immediate obvious, but they hide a lot of Windows 7 settings, focusing on most used settings. Take the workflow of changing images as an example, and work your way from there. These navigation elements, is a starting point!


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@MichaelZuschlag hits the nail on the head: there are no matching guidelines for metro, and at least I've never seen any (platform-wide) for any platform. At first look, the intent of the UI formerly known as Metro is at odds dense UI. A "dense" screen would have to be broken up into detail pages (see Navigation guidelines). Your first screen would have ...


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My answer is to first of all avoid have such data heavy applications. Can your functions be separated into a flow? Or do all these interactive elements need to be presented at the same time? Can you separate the administrative UI and the presentative UI? I would focus my work on trying to reduce the number of items per page, since there's only so much you ...


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One idea, if applicable based on your data set and architecture, could be to have : one single quick search field using predictive typing and live refresh of search results. Your users could then start typing, say, "repl 113" and the predictive typing would suggest "replenishment" as they type the "l" (in real time during typing, so difficult to render ...


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Here are my suggestions: if a gene is expressed in all cells of a specific organ, the researcher would have to type lots of cell types for each organ (or will enter something nonsensical like "all" - we accept the creation of new cell types by users) You can use: a Select all button to select all the cell types (but it may display lots of checkboxes in ...


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Some suggestions to make input more easy and less error prone on a tablet: place – and + signs into the input control and increase responsive area increase space between controls to eliminate missing while tapping To reduce information overload you could try accordion-style navigation with folding sections.


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You can certainly exchange the busy and repetitive data entry parts of each row for a single data entry area locked to the top or bottom of the pane so that you can make those controls bigger. Then you just need to select a row in order to edit the values in the dedicated area.


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I believe most any UI designer would tell you that trying to give specific advice for a solution is nearly impossible where we don't know the context and intent. For example, the engagement factor is critical, if the interface is transactional and user is pre-registration, the interface is entirely different from a UI where the user is motivated and ...


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I'd rather have a defined workflow for defining the components one after another, with the ability to pause and resume the process in between, and returning to an overview page in between. The overview describes the next required step (if no steps remain, "Mark entry as complete") optional steps (e.g. "Add special-purpose hardware") may offer to return to ...



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