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The mental image of time is indeed thought to be influenced by language and culture. Scientists discovered years ago that spatial representations of time are affected greatly by linguistic conventions. If English is your native tongue, you're likely to think of time as moving from left to right, but if Arabic is your language of choice, time moves ...


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In the Arabic world, time series charts are more often shown as right-to-left, as this flows more naturally with reading from right-to-left. Al Jazeera (a large Arabic based news organisation) for example user right-to-left charts quite regularly, as shown below. Note that I have no idea what this chart is referring to. However, most speakers of ...


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The only reference to research which I found was on the site usability.gov which did some research on optimal url names for government organization. To quote the article When the General Services Administration (GSA) changed the names of the U.S. government's official Web portals from FirstGov.gov to USA.gov and FirstGov en espaƱol.gov to ...


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Not always. Check out this (fictious) ad, which would most likely be misunderstood in countries which write right-to-left: Image source


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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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Here are a few possible strategies: Do nothing. Since the cropping corners are automatically placed in initial positions, you don't have to worry about concave polygons being created accidentally. The only way you will get invalid shapes is if the user deliberately drags a corner to create one. Since there is no objective reason to create such a shape in ...


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The question is valid, but it has somewhat of a 'backwards' scent. Normally, you conduct a research (eg, card sorting) with some research goal in mind. The goal will account for the various personas. In other words, you recruit participants based on the fit criteria defined by the research goal which accounts for personas. Consider for example a site (or ...


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GitHub does this quite well. When you're in a repo, the search field is set to search that repo with the option to change it to 'global'. When you're on a global page it defaults to global search, with the option to change it to 'users', 'help', etc.


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A Database, not a Document Sounds like more of a database-type user interface, rather than a document-type user interface: instead of multiple database records per window, you have multiple files per window, where you display certain information about each file, in addition to aggregated information about whole bundle. This is especially the case if you ...


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Many of the online cardsorting application allow you to provide some questions that you can use to segment the users into different demographics, or allow you to pre-select responders based on demographics. So it is always standard practice for me to group users for the analysis rather than only relying on the overall results. However, it may not always be ...



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