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I would suggest a set of three radio buttons: one for 'in', one for 'out' and one for 'undecided'. Mutually exclusive toggles is likely to require lots of explanation and could leave the user confused: A pair of toggled buttons seems to offer 4 different combinations (A+/B+, A+/B-, A-/B+, A-/B-) but you are going to need to explain that there are only three ...


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If you do not mind hiding the available options at first glance, you can also use a combo instead of radio buttons that could save you some column width. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Design for the micro-workflow Observations Most users will make a selection and move on, as you noted. Users are not very likely to deselect a choice, either immediately or afterwards. In and Out are the primary choices here. The undecided choice is an unbiased default. Null/default/undecided/unknown choices are often very difficult to design ...


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Back in the mists of time, before the mouse was so ubiquitous, most people navigated their file system using just a keyboard (I am old enough to have actually worked like this!). Opening files was simple: you left'ed, right'ed, up'd, down'd and tabbed your way to the file and hit enter. The problem came, however, when you wanted to do something with the file ...


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This is something we have been discussing for a little while. On the one hand, pure-text emails (in this day and age) come across as vague and often untrustworthy by most audiences. The look-n-feel of a richtext/html email wins over most of the time. This is basic UI design. Even more so because the corporate identity can be injected into the email and this ...


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First option is better, with the toggle. The reason why is because users given clear instruction on possible answers are more likely to understand and answer them (correctly) than when the instructions are obscured. In the case of the tri-switch, there are two visible options and one invisible option. Each has three states, but the latter has one option that ...


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I can't speak for everyone, but I'm a heavy keyboard user and I think I can count on one hand the number of times I've used that key. (mostly because my mouse was acting up/battery died). I think it is a key that just didn't have a really good (to many) purpose. PS pressing Shift + F10 still works as a keyboard shortcut. For what it's worth I fully ...


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There appears to be two issues at hand Explicit or Implicit Tri-state? Quite unanimously for reasons given explicit Tri-state is better Compact visualisation of explicit Tri-state Three buttons, radio button group, combo box all do the job. But another UI that helps communicate connectedness of concepts clearly is also the slider - or other similar ...


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Consider separating out the number entry from the units


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Personally, I like it because it gives clear understanding to all people who have concern with page types of mails.Although, this types of mail is most suitable for marketing but not in informal life.


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First, there is some standard. We have the QUERTY arrangement, CTRL, SHIFT, ALT and ENTER are arranged more or less the same. Your question is actually "why are not all keyboards have identical layout?". So it is the same as asking "why are not all toasters/refrigerators/ovens/cars have identical layout"? It may be all about money. Some possible answers to ...


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To answer your question, the frequency of this action should be considered. Low frequency: Users do not remember their options when they don't use them regularly and so the options should be easily findable and understandable. Considering the screen real estate you have mentioned, and for users to easily understand their options, I would also suggest a ...


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Your solution is still a radio button. It's a radio button with three options: "in", "out" and "undecided"; of which "undecided" is the default. If you clearly show "undecided" as a third option, then there is no ambiguity to the user. There is no UX reason why you can't select one radio button option and then change it later, same as selecting toggle ...


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Between your two mentioned options, the two toggle button option will be a good method. Advantages: clear affordances doesn't distract from the main content existing examples: upvote / downvote buttons across various sites like this (stackexchange), reddit, quora etc. [ p.s. since the elements would be inside a busy grid, implementing a design with ...


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Although some UI guides would suggest that check-boxes should only be used in cases where any combination of selections would be valid, I would suggest (and some designers seem to agree with me) that they are also appropriate in many cases where, given any combination of previous states and clicked state, it would be "obvious" what the desired next ...


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The context menu key – along with the Windows keys – is the most recent addition to the PC keyboard. The Microsoft Natural Keyboard, released ca. 1994–1995, was the first one to include them "for future uses". That "future use" was the UI introduced with Windows 95 – the first to make heavy use of context menus. The latter were around in previous versions ...


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Before mice, there was no programming method to show a context menu. When mice appeared, there was no right-click. When extra buttons appeared, then the context menu made sense whenever applications were programmed for it. A context menu key on the keyboard usually did nothing, and when it did, the mouse was a better interface to show the menu. Web ...


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Yes, I agree. Not being able to open a link in a new tab/window is a bad UX practice. In addition, not using URLs prevents users from bookmarking the page. It also prevents users from being able to navigate by adjusting the URL (for example, going back to a root path). Now with JavaScript frameworks like Backbone, Ember, and Angular, it's really easy to ...


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Why is there no standard layout for computer keyboards? Because there is no keyboard governing body mandating everyone build keyboards the same way. That and history...every computer design had its own keyboard designed for the particular needs of the hardware and software being used. Over time, keyboards have become much more similar than different, ...


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It depends on the use case. Many laptops have done away with the key because of space limitations and the need to fit the arrow keys in the bottom right corner. Many full-size desktop keyboards have removed it in place of other keys. Frankly, most people don't use that context key. Here's why: most of us are right handed, so if we use it, we'll use the left ...


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In the years I have been Using computers (and typewriters for that matter), I have seen three schools of thought in keyboard design. I am going to call them the minimalists, the bells and whistles crowd, and the moderates. The minimalist battle cry varies from 'look at those clean lines' or 'nothing to get in your way' to 'save money' or 'save space'. The ...


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I am working on a similar language for vibrating alerts. Because of the limitations of a vibration-based alert compared to visual or audible alerts, I decided to use the urgent/important matrix to inform the alerts I used. This reduced the number of alerts required to just four: important AND urgent, important NOT urgent, NOT important AND urgent, NOT ...


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There are times when you need to create specs for animations and for those times it is recommended to write the animation in sentences. You can create your own shorthand for communicating your animations to the developers. Rachel Nabors, an animator was interviewed on the UIE Podcast. She suggests writing sentences for your animations. "I tend to ...


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I would like to combine both with an option and more control to user to switch between updated and his original view where he was browsing.... I would go with UI guideline which is "System status should always be visible" and combine it with "User control" (my second option) See my visual solutions below Now the second solution where user controls ...


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Why do you present an extra list with the ressources, where only a few of them will be enabled/ highlighted and most are disabled? This doesnt make sense. I would recommend to skip the ressources extra list and just put the dedicated ressources at the end of every article. Thus the connection is clear, it is in focus and chances are high users will click on ...



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