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Wikipedia seems to be popular with the information so far... :) So here's info from the history section of the page on caps lock The Caps Lock key is a modified version of the Shift lock key that occupies the same position on the keyboards of mechanical typewriters. An early innovation in mechanical typewriters was the introduction of a second ...


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The reason for this is that you most likely are more familiar with left-to-right (LTR) languages, so your engrained progress is moving from the left to the right. People who are more familiar with right-to-left (RTL) languages such as Arabic or Hebrew, are likely to see a progression from the right to left as moving forward. You can see this in common ...


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It may be related to QWERTZ keyboard layouts. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QWERTZ And you probably see it on most keyboards because you live/work in a country (Germany, Austria, etal) that uses the QWERTZ keyboard layout. See the orange countries in this pic. ...


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As it is going to to be used by non-professionals, I would suggest using swatches in the first place. It's a great starting point, often offering proper balance between choice and usability for such use. As a second level (only for situations, where swatches are not enough for user) you can indeed provide an optional color picker. You have following options ...


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How about combining Total and Sum as a single field? Like this download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The input field for the selected item gets enabled. The other option is disabled. You'll probably need to come up with a better label than "totalling method" though.


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While it is probably not overly relevant, on a mechanical typewriter the shift lock key tilts slightly down and in direction of the typist to lock. Given its small size (it is smaller than the regular shift key) and the considerable mechanical force one has to employ with one's pinky (and the typical pinky inclination one row above the usual shift row), one ...


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As others have mentioned, the downward arrow seems to be a particularity of German and Austrian QWERTZ keyboards. There is a standard for depicting the function keys on a keyboard, part of ISO/IEC 9995. You'll see there are two possible symbols for Caps Lock, both of which point upward. The standard considers the different types of Shift and Caps lock ...


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This type of form interaction has been coined by web forms guru Luke W. as "selection-dependent inputs". He talks about it here: http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?764 and http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2007/02/selection-dependent-inputs.php The biggest issue with this interaction style is that it can disorientate the user, if it is not done properly. ...


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I would use the word clone. I am a developer and that is the word we use. In many development languages that is exactly what clone means. If it was just temporary the term developers would use the term impersonate. For lack of something better I would use the technical term. Please see the comments. The OP asked be to add that as an answer.


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On a login page, what is the order for most important fields for all the users? (Irrespective of whether they want to stay logged in or not) I think most of us would have it this way: Username/email Password Login button Keep me logged in option Now going by this order, it won't make a good UX (or even pratically possible) to have a 'Keep me logged in' ...


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Why not look at it from another POV. Why do we need a checkbox "Keep me signed in" at the first place? It does nothing more than just toggle a setting right? Why not add 2 confirmation buttons? One with the text "Login and never ask again" and one with "Login and please nag me again next time" (maybe do something on the labels??) Clicking the first button ...


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"Cascading dependencies" between user interface components.


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I can think of two ways Search for the right word : "Match" Provide a warning/note : Stay with "Copy" but put a warning message explaining that existing permission would be deleted and selected user's permission would be copied.


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I think 'import' or 'transfer' are the best terms to describe this, because you are essentially transferring data from one source to another, and 'importing' the new settings to the user.


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I tried to find the source of who proposed the idea of using Space to Pause and Resume a video. Unfortunately, I could not find an exact source. That being said, it has a reason to be there. When watching a video the focus of attention of the user is entirely on the video itself. It makes sense to place the largest key in the keyboard to perform the ...


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This is all about the communication; keep your client informed, make sure that all they need to know is on this page (at any time), and they won't need to phone you. I've drafted a rewrite of the text, giving more emphasis to: A title which summarises the content; "client information" isn't very helpful, because the whole page is information for the ...


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I'm not sure why, but this is one of the only meaningful discussions I can find for this. My take on this is that the app-centric approach is a symptom of efforts to lock users into a company's ecosystem. The app-centric framework makes it difficult to take content to a different platform, thereby forcing users to upgrade within the company's eco system. In ...


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I'd say the best thing to do would be something like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups You could also do a small arrow outside the text field, like it's done in the Windows 7 login screen. You probably would want to restyle the button... maybe making it blend into the textbox until you hover over it. The ...



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