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@Mayo has, I think, the answer with the clearest affordance. But, if the discount field is going to be used frequently, an approach that has been proven to work with many professional and productivity application is the polymorphic input box. Applications like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Illustrator, and others use these boxes ...


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You could use a toggle switch ABSOLUTE | PERCENTAGE and have the user select which one he wants to use. For example: (don't mind the $ sign I did it quickly) and let the user select between the two options. This format works very well in use cases that I deal with. Buyers and bidders have to make numerous (100+) decisions in a day. It's easy to select ...


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I recommend Gustav's option #2. You can give both, allow both to be editable, and have the counterpart update to reflect the change, either as they type, or upon the input field losing focus. This would also take care of the need to round. I could type 20% for the discount, and then tab to the absolute input field and round to the nearest dollar. In cases ...


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The answers so far all focus on ease of understanding. This is important, but if the tool will be frequently used, ease of use is also something to consider. If the typical user is likely to use this feature many times, I would let the option be set by typing % or a currency symbol directly in the field along with the value. This will allow an expert to ...


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I think the main goal you're trying to achieve is to streamline the content creation process. A possible solution is to split the content creation process to two mini-steps: First just offering a text box to spill out thoughts, encouraging users to invest in writing (because the required investment is low) Second, after the user commits (saving the ...


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The label isn't necessary, and in fact if it's spelled in a language the user is not familiar with they can't even find it. Keep in mind that the primary use case for a language picker is to allow people who can not read the currently displayed language to pick a language they can read. The picker needs to be self-explanatory for someone who can not read the ...


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I am just confused about your statement that form labels above form provide usability issues as usability studies have shown that the closer a form label is to the form field, the faster it is to fill up. To quote this article So, we were not surprised when we noticed that most of the fixations were right on the input fields rather than on the labels, ...


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I see 3 options: 1: The switch. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups Use common symbols like $ | % 2: Show both. 32.43 (0.64%) 3: Take over responsibility. And decide what's the best for your users. Ask what they want to see, why they want to see it. Marketing purposes: go for the one which suits better ...


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Advantages of single text box As I see it, the main advantage of a single text box design is to give the user one thing to look at. With two boxes, the user has to constantly shift his/her eyes back and forth between their command text box and the main text box (between typing their entry and reading the response, or checking something they inputted ...


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It can work reasonably well with text boxes, but what do you do with dropdowns, checkboxes, radio buttons and more or less any other control? The safe solution is, well, safer :)


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If somebody writes 40% it's clear that it is a perecentage, and not an absolute value. Why not use that? If the last character in the input field is an '%' you can store the value as percentage, otherwise as an absolute value. Next to the input field you could show an hint like 'enter absolute or perecentage value'.


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It’s always tough hunting for enterprise UX research that’s not horribly out of sync with the transformation of the business. On the one hand, you have to take into account the “consumerization” of the enterprise space. On the other, it’s still not the same set of considerations. So, working from a base of experience* rather ...



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