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Part One You Do! Simply: If you need the information, it's required. If you don't need, but want it, it's optional. Part Two The Database Does! I like this better, in terms of the back-end. If your database has it as NOT NULL, mark it as required. If your database has it as NULL, you leave it as is and take what you get from the user. ...


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Here's how I think of it: a "required" field needs a value in order for the form to be submitted. So, even if a field is pre-populated, I'd still mark it as required. (Consider address forms that pre-populate with the address info saved in your profile.) Now, whether you should pre-populate your Family Status field is another matter...


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Given you’re designing the user interface, not the program’s interface, it makes sense to signal what’s required of the user, not what’s required of the program. Part of the purpose of the UI is to communicate the actions the user can or must make. In the case of require fields, the commonly used red asterisk communicates to the user “you must put something ...


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I'm from Optimal Workshop. We have actually started work on a mobile app especially for scanning barcodes into OptimalSort, but unfortunately I don't have a release date for you just yet. You don't actually need a barcode scanner at all. The card numbers are also printed directly below the barcodes and are generally just 1 or 2 digits long. So you can enter ...


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Your proposal looks like an emergency solution: "My apartment is burning; How can I improve firemen efficiency?". Another view would be to prevent the apartment from burning in the first place... Therefore, I would suggest a two steps approach: First, a solution similar to yours, to help users as soon as possible. (You could lead some interviews or ...


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It seems that people will most frequently buy a small range of staples combined with a smaller number of long tail good that they buy somewhat repetitively. For example most people will buy milk, bread, cheese, eggs, ground beef, chicken breast, etc. Then people will also buy things kind of unique, like cocounut milk or something, and people will tend to ...


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When doing testing on such quasi multi lingual sites in the past I found there was nothing more annoying to users than when they were presented with a lovely traditional language selector only for the available pages in their language to be a mere fraction of that available in the major language. There are two solutions that stand out as a good idea to me- ...


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As a user who quite often finds myself on Spanish language sites I think I'd find it frustrating to be provided a translated version only to have it removed on the next page. Often I will just let Google Translate change the page for me and just forgive the dodgy sentences that appear. I'd rather that than only be able to access a few properly translated ...


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Having different categories is fine. However, I foresee your users using the search function far more than the navigation because people already have a "shopping list" (might not be a bad idea to implement on the site). They will look for those specific items immediately - might cause them to search immediately for what they want. The key here is to have a ...


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I have recently answered a question about displaying machine state in a manufacturing site and I think your issue is similar to an extent. The workflow in the example above is more focused on knowing the type and severity of an issue and locating it on a map. In your case the workflow seems to be more complex. With that in mind, I would still preserve ...


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Inside the first dialog window (level 1), replace the area where the "Edit" button is with an info box/pane. When you select an item from the list on the left, the item's data (including its sub-items) is displayed inside said info pane. Now, the ability to edit a sub-item's name is afforded by allowing in-place/inline editing — double-clicking the name ...


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I'm imagining the issue is in an inset window but it doesn't much matter. Add a bar at bottom of issue presenter that says like "3 more issues". This bar should not be to narrow in height. When user clicks the bar the issue window becomes a list that gives the names of the probs or maybe the name and user depending on whether that seems more simple-minded. ...


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I am missing which website we are talking about. Depending on that the process can be shorten or longer. I would suggest to first do an inventory list and have a full list of all the sitemap. Then in order to redesign the IA and if possible to also combine pages together this flow might be useful: create personas list the main use cases create the ...


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Can you put a the number of issues in the circle, and show a list to select from when it is clicked? If there is only one issue on that location, you could put that issue at the top, and a second "add new issue" option under it.


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First you need a communication strategy in phase with the strategic plan of the organization. The messy look of the IA is probably the consequence of no focus, no concrete objectives and too many people deciding what to put on the web site. The result is cacophony. Your first task is to get to know what this web site is supposed to do. Matt is right. Next, ...


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I think you're missing a key step which is audience personas. Who is the IA marketed at and what are their needs? When you have that, you can think from the users perspective. Then i would do card sorting from the audience point of view. You also need to have a concrete objective to make sure everything relates back to what you want to achieve.


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Working on a project with a quite tight schedule and a complex IA structure we decided throw great chuncks of the previous structure over board –– to break with big/great ux strategies and boil things down to the following probably a bit unorthodox approach: First things first – and the rest will follow. We first identified the key functionalities / the ...


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The case you are describing is still one issue, but the workflow to address the issue requires more than one person. However, there are cases in a building where there could be multiple issues that require one or more people to address. Color-coding by trade might become really cumbersome. Using color to indicate the severity of the defect (if that's ...


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How about the same circles but with numbers inside dictating the number of issues for that spot, you could provide an instant visual indicator of the types of jobs by colouring the circle: Red = Electrician Orange = Plasterer Possible downsides, multiple jobs and states say plumber, plasterer, electrician and painter may produce as busy circle. The ...


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The standard way to quantify these sorts of things is via user testing, using a task that goes along these lines: You are a new user to this site and would like to ask a question about [some realistic question]. However, you are unsure whether this is the right site to ask such question. Please find the relevant part of the site that explains which ...


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SE is somewhat unique in that content must be qaulified to a particular sub-domain by some custom relevance. However, we can look at other content authoring sites such as youtube that use tagging in order to decide what searches and browsing your video should show up in, but its optional and doesn't even need to be accurate. Here the goal should be to ...


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Its a taboo to critique SE on SE. They've got some questionable security practices that are overlooked/forgiven because we are SE, but we're reluctant to admit they're real, even though we are very critical of other websites that do something similarly backwards. (Because you should know that stackoverflow, serverfault, superuser, etc, are legit SE sites, so ...



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