I'm designing an iOS app with a Q&A section, where every question is its own page. Not every question fits comfortably inside the header.

Should I:

a) put the heading text below the header bar for every question, leaving just a back arrow there

b) do a only for the questions that don't fit

c) decrease font size for those that don't fit (not a fan of this one -- decreases legibility)

d) ellipsize -- the problem there is cutting off a potentially important part of the question

  • can you share some screenshots?
    – Westside
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 15:20

2 Answers 2


According to Apple, the correct option is A:

Consider showing the title of the current view in the navigation bar. In most cases, a title provides context by letting people know what they’re looking at. However, if titling a navigation bar seems redundant, you can leave the title empty. For example, Notes doesn’t title the current note because the first line of content supplies all the context needed.

Certainly not fitting would be a similar case as redundancy. Apple clearly says that it is not required ("Consider...") to put the title in the navigation bar; if it's empty the title can come below.

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    good answer. Additionally, for a case like the OP's, he could just use titles like "Question 1 of X, Question 2 of X, Final Question" to provide a reference to users
    – Devin
    Commented Oct 5, 2016 at 16:57

As much as you dislike C, it's the right choice. The choice between reduced legibility and it being unreadable because it doesn't fit only leaves you with one choice, a compromise of reduced legibility, but the complete text.

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