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1. Limit the different types of tags as much as possible Make sure each of the different tag types in your system add value. If different tag types add obvious value to the end user then they will use them. 2. Tags should be optional Your system should work without requiring users to tag anything at all. Tags are optional bits of data that enhance user ...
Tags have all been learnt. There has been no tag symbols in common use (as a tag) for more than 10 years. That shows that tag symbols will be learnt if your service is popular enough. Of course the challenge is in getting your service to be popular in the first place. Assuming you would like to go with what already makes sense (I'd recommend this route), ...
If there is an input field for tags on your website I will suggest: Tags with nothing before it = tags Tags with @ = people Users do not learn any other symbol, they learn the @-symbol on facebook and twitter. And all the other tags without any symbol are just tags.
I'm assuming you are wanting to refer to "greater than or equal to"? If so, you have 5 options. The 4 you mentioned, and >=5 So from the get go, we can rule out >5 and "greater than 5 hours", for being factually incorrect. We can rule out +5h, because that has an existing definition, to mean, 'add 5 hours', as in GMT+5 Three answers: >=5h, 5h+ and ...
1. Leave it off altogether Unless the directional info is important consider leaving it off. Google maps does this in their voice directions algorithm. When you need to turn in 1.6 kilometers it doesn't say in less than 2 kilometers or in a little over 1 kilometer. It simply says, in 2 kilometers. So far, not knowing the exact distance to the turn hasn't ...
Why not write it out in words? It's not much longer, there's no room for misinterpretation, and you're not requiring the user to interpret what you mean. For example, if you question is "How long will this task take you?" Your option to the user would be "more than 5 hours"
Each of the examples you've given could be considered more recognizable depending on the scenario: a) This indicates a relation between 2 numbers - x is greater than 5. Although it's similar to option d) in it's meaning you haven't provided x which makes it a little ambiguous. I'd also suggest that it's less easily read by users who are not used to reading ...
The most common way to do this is by representing the count rather than have a symbol for cardinal numbers. Some ways of doing this are: Foo x23 Foo (23) 23 Foo(s) Personally I like the visual clarity of Foo (23) but you're probably safer going with Foo x23
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