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You could use "Return to Top", "Jump to Top" or "Skip to Top". I would avoid using anything but "top", honestly. Alternate words like "beginning" or "start" indicate a time span or activity and are more related to media controls. If you're going for classy "Return to Top" is not a bad choice.


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You might want to avoid it altogether, because you're actually right that singular they works in many occasions but not here. It is correct but looks weird, that is. How about: "User X has lost access to the system". If you necessarily have to use something (though I cannot imagine why you'd have to) starting with "User X" makes it more neutral. It's not ...


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What if you take out the part of the search that is natural language by adding a drop down menu in front of the search input that has that starting sentence....


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Switch them around, and stick to plural: Whilst "1 Errors" looks rather clumsy, "Errors: 1" is ok. Errors 0 Errors 1 Errors 2 ... (Drawback is that the list of numbers is harder for the eye to scan in a table)


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You can't, but there's a better way Sometimes, concepts are too complicated to communicate in a few words. This is especially true when the consequences of miscommunication are large, such as overwriting a file. The best practice here would be to notify the user as soon as you know that there is a conflict (that might be while the user is editing, or ...


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I'm pretty sure this was answered before in one of the following resources: Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application Is 'Home' button still a must? Should 'Home' be included in website breadcrumbs? Home button vs Logo link? Should I add a 'Home' Button to the navigation? So there you go, have a look!


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Here is my visual solution, don't hide options from users when you only have two to switch between... Also user should know what they are entering or setting so they should be able to see their color values at the spot.... Also try to show the result closer to this form, reduce the top header area size of your page so the main functionality is ...


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What about just using the word "Top"? As long as your style clearly indicates this is a link (along the lines of Top - or even better, with a tiny arrow pointing up right next to it) would - in my view - make the target of this link quite clear.


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I would go with the natural language option supplemented by potentially relevant links. Natural language help makes sense from a marketing/branding POV but from a technical perspective, the questions or guidance you provide may facilitate the user in refining their own idea of what it is they're looking for, which in turn would reduce frustration. I ...


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An arrow icon might be more subtle than wording here. There should be some indication that the bottom of the page has been reached, so an clickable icon/image should do the trick without any wording. Here are some examples: http://www.psdlayout.com/ http://www.ja-nic.sk/#head (I had lots of other links, but I'm too new here so I can't post more than ...


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You can't go wrong with "Return to top", space permitting. Back to top is favoured as it's two characters shorter. I've noticed a trend for just an upward arrow icon, which works for me.


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The pattern I have observed in CLIs that I use on a regular basis (Unix/Cygwin, perforce, ant, etc) is: "sub-commands" go first, required arguments go on the command line as-is; optional args go with option flags. For example: cp file-1 file-2 Both files are required arguments. ls -als There are no required args, but three options that ...


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I would take a step back and look at what you need to accomplish for this product. Some factors that should come into play for this particular question: Which "tone" is the product speaking? Do you want it to be very technical, or to feel more friendly and talkative? How much space do you have available? How much development time is reasonable to spend on ...


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My instinct is to rephrase it: When [event occurs] If [condition is true] Do [action] Though, for a technical audience, perhaps "Given, When, Then" (borrowed from test design/user story creation) is worth a thought! Given [a context] When [condition is true or actions are performed] Then [perform action/test outcome of actions]


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I think its too complicated and the users will have difficulties interacting with the field because they don't know how to use it. For this purpose you should give them instructions. Better use recognition rather than recall. Making users to write difficult queries may demotivate them as this requires high cognitive load. If I didn't knew that this field ...


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The user may do many things with the PDF document, but I don't see any reason that you need to refer to any specific action. Simply state what the link is or use a very general action (like 'get') if you feel the need for an verb. So, I would suggest using: PDF of this page or Get PDF of this page The example that you gave of just 'PDF' is simple ...


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My recommendation would be to go for Natural language options such as "Download this page as a pdf" as it gives a textual representation of what you would get when you download the pdf. You also need to realize that unless your ALT tag is well defined for the pdf image, having a textual description along with the image would be helpful for screen readers . ...


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To label your 'Home' page, use Home Main Main Page Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is the place to start learning information architecture. There's a whole chapter on labels, which is where I got my answer. Good luck!


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Lucene when configured correctly is incredibly powerful and configuration tweaks may indeed overcome the problems you are seeing. Like any technology installing a solution is less than half the effort the configuration is most important after this expect to be tweaking the configuration for quite a while to get what is considered the ideal results set for ...


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Firstly, I commend you for getting some genuine testing done on your design. Many products don't allow themselves this and suffer with a poor performing site as a result. However: ...Several users found the contact form section very big and loud and wanted me to get rid of the background I was using on it. After thinking about this for a while and ...


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If your audience is anything like software developers, they will report the bug over and over and over and over and over again if you don't implement number agreement. Save everybody lots of trouble and implement it from the start. It's not that much work.


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Your word order is pretty good, it's generally a good idea to keep to a familiar "sentence structure" like format, especially if you want a natural-language like search. Keeping similar to how the familiar CLIs (DOS and Unix) work is important too. Unix Standards are pretty much the standard for CLI applications and I wouldn't stray far from their model. ...


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I use Lucene on a small Drupal site. You may want to look at how the Search Lucene DidYouMean related module works so you can apply something similar to your own project. http://drupal.org/project/luceneapi_dym


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This is interesting. I don't know whom the first one is used Home in English websites, but I think it is brilliant. So change it as other names is not a good way, because most users are already very familiar with this expression, and as you said, it is warm for them. But you know, some other non-English websites, like Chinese websites, we use "first ...


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OP: "Can you point me to any literature on designing useful command-line interfaces?" Concept: Command wizard I don't have "literature" per se, but in this post, I'm proposing the concept "command wizard" that presents the CLI as "a friendly search dialog", feeling familiar to Google.com. It relies heavily on regular expressions, dictionaries and ...


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It depends on your audience and use case. In eBay's case, they would have benefited from going all out with natural language, in my opinion. This is where iterative testing shines. For instance, you may even find that being inconsistent from one place to another works best. I am often surprised to glimpse what's going on in the user's head. Case in point: ...


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That is quite a loud background, but I think there's a problem with the contact form as well. I don't think it's impossible to open with a contact form, but it doesn't work here. I'd pinpont the following (potential) flaws: The site doesn't follow social norms. You don't ask questions before telling people something about yourself, and why they should ...


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I wouldn't use the word "mandatory"; "need" is better. Also, I'm not sure what the first alert about the KM is even supposed to convey to the user, so it's hard to give any suggestion on it. Here are my suggestions for the other three alerts: Also, if the user must have a Home Location setup for the app to work properly, you may want to have them set ...


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The requirements sound like a good fit for a spreadsheet-like application to me: the primary focus should be on the data - display as much info as possible about the records (5000 is not that many data, but you could use infinite scroll techniques) autofilter-like search on the data, saved searches and tick-box selection would provide the best way to ...



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