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Personally I would go for an Office style approach / Career style approach - as the majority of people would understand this. You start at the bottom of the ladder and have to work your way up - getting benefits etc as you go along. I got the idea from the TV series SUITS a little - I have to admit. You start off at the ground floor and have work your way up ...


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Designing in an enterprise setting, we frequently distinguish between "Administrators" and "Business Users", the latter meaning users who do not change system settings, but rather pursue business goals with the help of the system. Needless to say, Administrators are Users as well, and usually we talk not of Business Users (because the category often is too ...


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I'am using 'public' as a namespace for non-logged-in users.


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In most cases one cannot integrate all administration controls with end-user view. Things which definitely must have their own view to be managed are actions and settings respecting whole site. We can however integrate actions and settings respecting objects (eg. articles) on their end-user "read-only" view. Object view Generally such integration is ...


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Buttons initiate a process: Submit, Cancel, Save, etc. Submit buttons can be used by the keyboard to interact with a server, mapped to the Enter/Return key. Links are anchors that connect one HTML document to another. This is a subtle but important distinction. If hitting the button does not save (Post) a current new item (like Save & Continue) then I ...


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Recommend option 1. Not all users will pay attention and not all users will appreciate a dialog box appearing and asking for permissions that they may not want. A warning beforehand (more appropriately, an opening dialog) is enabling to users. It enables them to know all of the information prior to making a decision. It also enables them to say yes or no to ...


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I agree with nightning's answer, but also think that it doesn't really get the point across. The question shouldn't be link vs button, especially for a web-app. The principles behind both are slightly different but often the same these days. A link is as it sounds, a door to a different page. A button is more like an elevator button...you'll get to the next ...


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Try re-phasing your question this way... As a user, what are they trying to do? Are they trying to create a new item? Or are they trying to view a new item form? Even though they are technically going to a new page, the end goal they want is to create that new item. The form page is just a sub-step required by your app. To label a link along the lines of ...


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I'm always against asking things double, which -in my opinion- provides a bad UX. I would go with option 2 since it costs the user less clicks. It could also be confusing for people that don't understand why you need permission from the browser: They clicked yes on your website and need to click yes again on the browser, that doesn't make sense to them I ...


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Thanks to everyone who responded to this question. I really appreciate it. I have to say that I'm no closer to being convinced about the idea that you must never mess with the Back-Button. I get the theory behind it and I wish it was possible in all cases, I really do, but it seems to me that for extremely complex applications it just isn't possible. As I ...


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My thinking is that the back button should follow the same metaphor as the browser bar. Its the same rationale that apple follows for their IOS interfaces where the back button is above next to the title. This is because of context. Anything below the title is encounter specific (or page specific data) but a back button is outside of this context. Long ...


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Do you need a Now checkbox? Can't the date and time just be set to "now" when opened and if it's not changed to any other date and time, then it will simply be now...


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Usability shouldn't be looked at in terms of 'will it be acceptable to do x', if you know doing something is bad and you're looking for excuses to do it then you really shouldn't be doing it. Usability should be approached in terms of 'what advantages does doing x have?'. Disabling the back button...what does it give you? I am struggling to think of any ...


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I think putting an edit button (or simple "edit" text link) on each line, isn't too bad. This is a typical pattern for editing items from a list.


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Don't show irrelevant form controls that clutter your UI. Luke W has a good video up on YouTube titled "How to Make Form Input Faster" -- he talks about mobile, but the concepts do translate to desktop. In a Date & Time widget that I recently defined, I wanted to make it more compact and wanted to hide less used information. In my case, must users ...


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In the case of bidding, history is relevant. I would add a ticker div on the page. Initially the ticker is hidden. When a new bid comes in, the ticker pops out a little with a message "New bids have arrived". The user can expand the ticker to show exactly what the bid change was ("+$105 on Wuesthof Knives"). As new bids come in, the ticker pushes them ...


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Proper feedback is one of the most important parts of creating good, intuitive UX. Leaving it be would provide very little feedback and may cause confusion among your users. From my experience in UX testing, the majority of users don't retain the information presented on many "one time" notifications, so its likely that this won't be the most successful ...


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Nice Design :) Coming to how you can show the content, I would recommend a combination of both using a loading animation to inform users that the new bid is being fetched. So it might look something like this Pulling in new bid from the server This informs the user that a load is taking place. Once the latest bid has been loaded, you could change the ...


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Is this going to update at regular intervals (e.g. 10 seconds) or is it going to just be an open stream? If it updates at specified intervals, a progress indicator that will notify when the next update will happen might be good. Otherwise, I personally like a toggle above the updating content that will have live updating by default and allow you to turn it ...


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The usability of a normal select field is greatly reduced for any list involving 5 items or more (yes - 5, not 5k). These components are as old as the web and were never designed with usability in mind. However, they are great when you want to put strict constraints on the input (like when users choose a month for the expiry field of a credit card in a ...


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You can't directly select an item from such a large list. Lots of information always confuses, so we need to give user a clear path to completion. There are at least two ways to deal with it: Some kind of smart search, or "advanced search" with different options. It would be also good to show information in process about how much items matches your ...


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The positioning of the back button isn't very good in either of the screenshots. They go easily unregistered since they're out of place and very small, risk making the user frustrated since she won't know how to navigate properly. The third screenshot shows the back button ordered in the same group as Delete and New, buttons for manipulating the content. ...


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I think the bottom left would be a fine place for it, without being too much work to change. It is better than the bottom center, because it would be the same on all screens. Also, adding the word "back" next to the arrow would help. I don't think it is highlighted enough without this.


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Updated after user's comment: You can find further information on this subject here as well: What to do when a page's content doesn't fill up enough of a fixed area? What is a good way to fill in too much white space? When thinking about a design problem I find useful to list the constraints I have to deal with. In this case, I would list the ...


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I agree that OpenID is not well explained to end users, either on the official website or on any of the websites of the major companies using it (that I have seen). Maybe that is what motivated the people behind http://openidexplained.com/ - which is the best attempt I have come across. They use a Creative Commons licence, so you might be able to cut out ...


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Another option is the following scheme: Location Tabs List of all opportunities for that location w/ search controls to display only one kind of opportunity or a combination of a few.


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Light grey and other light shades on white or another light color are purely evil for some of us. I simply can't read it. Ask some older folks to check your choices on a variety of monitors before feeling everyone should just love licorice-exlax ice cream just because you think it tastes great. It would be nice if people would try these combinations on a ...



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