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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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've used hyperbolic tree like visualations in exactly the same usage. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperbolic_tree Was great at showing 2nd and 3rd level connections clearly, but isnt super space efficient if you have lots of data to display or you are using handheld devices. For general inspiration, start with ...


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I'd read a book about DSLs. Martin Fowler also talkes about them on his website, which may be helpful. Also, if you have time before your assignment, try to use a few DSLs. Is it worth cleaning the syntax, making it more natural language like Yes. To the best ability your team has. DSL's are pretty good at helping teams be more productive because they ...


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I agree with JohnGB on naming the link to what it is, but I would also consider using the word "Save" or "Download" to it, if you expect your users to have an urge of saving/keeping it on their disk. a. Save this page as PDF b. Download this page as PDF c. View this page as PDF Keeping the format name ("PDF") in the end of the string also makes it ...


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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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Most websites seem so make use of the words "back" and "top" most of the times (see this list for examples) in various combinations (back to top, back to the top, to top, top,...). I do not completely understand what you mean with it not being "classy" enough. What is your definition of classy and which analysis shows that users find it insufficiently ...


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I use an up-arrow and the word "Top". Regular Hovered Here is why I use it: It is intuitive - Everyone knows where it's going It is clear - Don't have to worry about ambiguous wording like 'Back to Top' It is simple - Minimal wording to reduce crowding of the button.


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"Document Top" But I wouldn't stray from "Back to top". It's standard, the most recognizable and usable.


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One thing to consider is the how far in the past the target date or period is. For instance "around last Tuesday" would have a tighter focus than "around Christmas of 2010". Maybe call this report latency. I'm an OO programmer so I tend to think in terms of objects. So I'd define a class (or data structure) that represents a range of dates, each date with ...


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As long as the period is specified to the user, any around would be a good option. Of course, the best would be to have a few fixed options like 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, etc, and one open to the user, in the likes of an input field to write a number and a select for periods, so he can combine things like 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, etc. Is not exactly what ...


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"Around" would be practical for dates searches, but the problem with it is that the perception of how far before and after "around" covers would be different for each person. What I would recommend is a set of options for date searches that specify "within 1 week", "within 1 month", and other logical ranges. Or, if space permits, you could provide a text ...


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I found the article 'Visualizing a Logic of Dependability Arguments' which deals with the topic of the question. Other articles from the conference may be of interest as well.



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