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It strikes me that you probably should have researched your userbase before building the site. But hey, you're in this situation now so you need to deal with it as you find it. I am not surprised that hospitals / academic institutions are using IE7. Performing an entire refresh of the OS, browers, hardware etc. is a very costly exercise, so you'll likely ...


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Windows Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if you use it (or any other browser) to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Ref: Windows XP support has ended It is safe to address this to IT of the hospital that they need to upgrade to at least IE 9 due to safety reasons.


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Don't blame the user for their situation. This is not about who's right, and what's correct. The last thing you want to do, from a UX perspective, is judge your users. A modal dialog telling them to upgrade is the ultimate form of self-righteousness. They are not you, it is not their responsibility to know about browsers and stuff. You may feel like it is, ...


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From the very well formulated article Myth #28: White space is wasted space, one can say that White Spaces is as important as other design elements, such as buttons fields, headres and navigation. Allows for easier readability and scannability Web Design Tuts’ tutorial on using white space effectively points out that the basic role of white space is ...


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I thought about sharing an interesting insight: IE8 is dying fast (looks like exponential decay). Not dead yet, but by the end of the year and by the current trend, IE8 market share globally should be under 1%. This is great news for most developer thinking about starting to build something now. However, as it has been explained, you should know your ...


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These have been my reactions looking at the image: "Hey, there's something I can play" (when I've seen the "triangular play icon inside of a circle"). "No wait, that must be something else. Perhaps a slider?" because the placement of the icon is quite confusing to me. "Play" icons are usually centered in the middle of the image (e.g., Youtube, Vimeo) or on ...


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For the general Internet audience, you'd be better off telling the users that they could/should upgrade to a newer browser. After all, IE7 or less is run on less than 1% of the world's web (thankfully!), and you shouldn't be supporting such a minimal audience. For your specific audience, where money runs tight and upgrades are not forthcoming anytime soon, ...


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From a pure cognitive perspective, you should ask yourself: Can the user gather this is a video? Does the user want to the play the video? As for 1 - the fact it is a video is implicit - it requires users to look at the play icon, which will suggest it is a video. But there might be many other distractions on the screen and the eye may miss this icon. So ...


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It could be a usability flaw, but not the way that they do it. A - they don't move the textbox. They hide it altogether and display your text within a different control - there's no animation of the textbox moving, or anything of the kind. That would be awful indeed. B - they don't do it while you type, but rather they do it as soon as you begin typing. ...


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I'm not sure if this question really belongs into this forum, but since I think I know quite well what you mean, I dare to write an 'answer' anyways: IMHO The larger the company and the bigger the business –> the more likely you will find yourself in a team of highly specialised people. Teams of developers are split into front-end and back-end ("wait! I ...


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The problem with setting the image height & width directly on the image tag is that it makes building a responsive site tricky. Specifying that an image width as 900px on the tag and then trying to get that image to look good on a mobile phone – really you should be loading a new image but thats not my point here – The image will be too large for the ...


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I think it depends on the person. I am very familiar with HTML and CSS so I design in what feels right at the moment. Pencil and Paper, Visio, Photoshop, HTML/CSS (and sometimes Illustrator or Axure). I always start with paper and pencil but after that, for instance, I might make a table in excel and copy and paste it directly into Photoshop. I just, ...


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I'm biased towards not catering to users who are still on IE7 given how old it is and MSFT's lack of support for it. IE7 was released in 2006. 8 years ago. I'd encourage you to resist the temptation to hold back on releasing the entire site because some percentage of your potential customers will be unable to access it on some percentage of the devices at ...


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Because when used effectively white-space has been empirically shown to improve key usability metrics. Nielsen's 10 Usability Heuristics were evolved from reverse engineering a large sample of strong and poor tested UI's. The "Aesthetic and minimalist design" heuristic makes significant impact on usability, and you'd often use white-space to achieve this ...


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For me have all those terms slightly different meaning... Avatar is something, what I use on website, where my nick is "UX Fanatic" - my profile could be important and have valuable info, but it's not linked to my real name (like some community forum for example). I am expecting that avatar will not contain my actual face, but some movie star / abstract art ...


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put in a "be the first to rate this product"-indicator and/or mark it as "unrated". I, personally, like to see the ratio - like youtube, amazon and others do. Either minimalistically by giving the number of total votes or by showing how many voted for what (thumbs up/down or 1-star, 2-star, ..).


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You will need to write a whole bunch of additional styles. You can do so with this syntax: <!--[if IE 7]> <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="ie7.css"> <![endif]--> ... and it's gone. EDIT To explain this, yes of course it is necessary to support IE7. Your goal is to design a user experience for the client, and if the ...


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Google Chrome > Legacy Browser Support Google offers Legacy Browser Support, enabling automatic switching between Google Chrome and an older legacy browser (such as Internet Explorer). From their web site: Your organization may use web apps built for browsers that are now a few versions old. Deploying Chrome unlocks the benefits of the modern web, ...


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You're asking how to make it extremely obvious, so you could write Click to select other dates into the textfield. E.g. 24 August, 2014 (click to select other dates)


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Avoid abstracting the label from the control wherever possible. That is, avoid separating the control and the label that describes the control's state because that forces the user to look in two different places in order to understand what's going on. Instead combine them so that the control clearly describes its own state. In this particular situation, I ...


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We have very little information about the website (e.g., who are your users? In which context do they user your website? What are the user journeys? etc.), so it's hard to give you specific advice. Anyway, I think that the article "3 Tricks to Make Users Think Your App Loads Faster" published a couple of weeks ago summarises some interesting practices. Even ...


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Wait, you can be that guy on a big company too. I was in the same position. I work in a big company (big => 300k people) as a UX designer. All the dev's in my project are oriented to take care of the backend. So, it's not surprise that our web and mobile interface are terrible. The guy who was developing frontend here is using primefaces (how i miss the ...


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You could open your open company. You could find work at a small company; the smaller the company the better chance the developer has of making the decisions and design. Try jobs like Technical Product Manager where you may be expected to do some of both design and coding. Get a job as a developer in a "not too rigid" company, and make sure to get involved ...


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Customers don’t want to buy a product, they want to find a solution to their problem. So you should organize your site based on the function of your products. Since both versions (cloud based and non-cloud based) serve the same function, I recommend you to group them together. Find bellow two alternative suggestions : You can divide existing product slides ...


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Like anything, it depends. If the images are small (in dimensions) and illustrative in nature, they may compress just fine and not be much more of a download than the originals. Using sprites and such can help with all of that as well. And with mobile, SVG is often a viable option. For large images or photos, again, it would really depend on the ...


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White space is used to attract the attention of the user toward an element, and also is used for organizing meaningful chunks. See below two extracts from the book Designing Visual Interfaces by Kevin Mullet, Darrel Sano. … white space is not wasted space – it is a powerful tool that allows the designer to direct the viewer’s attention to critical ...


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This blog illustrates the use of whitespace and provides examples http://blog.teamtreehouse.com/white-space-in-web-design-what-it-is-and-why-you-should-use-it Here is the original article, http://alistapart.com/article/whitespace Whitespace may not be just white but could be of any color but was left blank to create simple and elegant design.


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I notice that you have both view tabs and edit tabs in the same hierarchy. To most people, tabs organize viewed data into logical sections, not separate different tasks (such as edit meta, description, and images). So your Overview, Stats, and Mods can stay as they are, but the rest of them should be transferred to the Overview pane as buttons or items in a ...


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Make the default state of the box include a default address - even if it is totally unrelated to the user. A visitor may not see a blank box as an "incorrect" state, so they may not know to "fix" it by entering their address - but they will see an address that is not their own as "incorrect" and will change it to the correct address. If your solution allows ...


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It really depends on your goals. IF you are collecting addresses for marketing purposes then of course encouraging a complete address is quite useful. If you do not REQUIRE the address for marketing then a system where you would require the user to self-refine the data would be handy. For example: have them enter stat/province first should remove a large ...



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