Questions tagged [discovery]

the process by which a user learns what a program can do through affordances in the UX.

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XY pad and explaining labels

I need some advice on how to implement a XY pad and explaining labels for x and y axis. A XY pad is a 2 dimensional controller that can replace two knobs (which each is 1 dimensional). Here's a ...
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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Do unique icon contours help people scan?

Many years ago, I ran across a good icon design tutorial. It said that having unique contours to icons help users scan for the item they're looking for. If this is true, why don't iPhone and Android ...
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In-house advertisement

How do you do an effective in-house advertisement? An in-house ad promotes a feature on your site. For example, you just launched a new forum. From some existing high traffic page, you put an ad ...
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In a desktop application, what are best practise methods to provide a menu of functions

I have a .NET Winforms application that hosts controls to provide different areas of functionality. My normal method in providing a menu to switch between these controls has been a TreeView or a List ...
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Best way to communicate the action of a non-button control

Question summary: I'm wondering what are some recommended approaches for communicating to the user what will happen once he clicks on an object, in the case that it's not possible to spell out the ...
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Specifying an unlimited value

How do I create a natural UI to let the user choose an unlimited value? Take for example, Bittorrent's bandwidth configuration: Arguably, putting 0 for unlimited is not natural. Some people might ...
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How to indicate right click functionality?

I am developing a Windows application where there is a lot of configuration and settings applied to multiple objects. There is a right click menu that is used to apply a predetermined group of ...
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Which way should I display time zone names to make them easily pickable?

We have to present a list of time zones to the user from which they select the one that applies to them. We have a choice about how we display this information - either: Time zone name (Offset) ...
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Fallback for MultiTouch pan and zoom

A planned app that will run on tablets that support multitouch needs a graceful fallback for tablets and desktops which don't. I have a view onto a possibly very large 2D electron microscopy image ...
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How to make software features more visible to users?

I have already asked this question on stackoverflow and was sent over here. I've read Discovering new features but I thought that I should ask anyway. We have released a beta version of our software, ...
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Discovering new features

I work with a web-based platform with lots of data and various tools to view the data, perform analysis. Users are often impressed by one or two features and stick with them. The platform adds new ...
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Is it appropriate to rely on accidental discovery for non-vital or less commonly used UI features?

Every function of an interface demands consideration concerning how users will be instructed on how to find and use it. Certain features, like Android's push-shift-twice-for-caps-lock on the physical ...
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Is there a “nice” way to show navigation icons so they don't clutter the UI?

I've got a small desktop application that scans music folders and randomly chooses an album to play. The first version is WinForms and has "previous" and "next" buttons next to the album art that are ...