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Sometimes it can help to take a look at what the giants are doing for tricky usability questions like this one. Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter do nothing and give no message. Bing and Baidu take you back to the homepage and give no message. Yahoo takes you back to the search homepage and gives no message. Wikipedia takes you to the search results ...


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Show error messages before the user even started filling the form can be misleading since the user haven't started to fill the form yet. From what I've seen in common forms, the error messages appear usually when the system recognizes an error while the user try to submit. This can also be misleading, especially when there is a large form and the error ...


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One relevant study that springs to mind is described by Luke Wroblewski in Inline Validation in Web Forms. It found that validating inputs prematurely can be harmful and that validating fields after input helps users to complete forms more quickly and accurately. To better understand when to show inline validation messages, we tested a few variations ...


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For most commerce sites, you do not want to lead the customer on or p*ss the customer off. Therefore, letting the customer know as early as possible is the best practice. If you can determine the location beforehand (e.g. using the methods that @skwotz outlined), then you can filter products accordingly. But sometimes sites cannot tell where the customer ...


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It's best to let people know this as soon as possible. It is very disappointing to get halfway through check out only to realize you can't get it shipped to where you want. A lot of large ecomm sites have a modal when you first arrive at the site to select a country. http://www.louisvuitton.com/ I've seen ones where they bring you to a browse only section ...


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Why are you fixing its width? Surely the size of the message box is dependant on the size of the message. Short messages (such as you have illustrated) will look better in a smaller box, which could even be centred. As the message size increases the ideal box pushes wider until it fills the entire screen. However you refer to messages which leads me ...


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Interestingly we are working on similar patterns this week, the design we are recommending has a clear classification of error messages. Classification based on type : Error, Warning, Info Classification based on target : which part of the screen is initiating the message. The first classification is used to decide on the color and fading properties. ...



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