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Questions tagged [ergonomics]

the study of interactions between users and products or processes

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Ellipse-shape arrangement of menu items

I have stumbled sometimes upon web pages with an ellipse-shape arrangement of menu items and I have found them to feel somehow more comfortable over the standard orthogonal arrangement: Is there any ...
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Is it easier to move the mouse from right to left or vice versa?

In an ergonomic sense, is it easier to move the mouse from left to right or right to left? The reason I'm asking is to find out which side to place two modals, the contents of modal A will be dragged ...
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Is there a recommended size for embedded maps or videos?

Basically what the title says. I know that anyone can do what they want, and I also know that the embedded content can be integrated in a responsive way, thus maintaining its original proportion. ...
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Which ergonomic criteria would justify the behavior of redirecting the user to a 404 redirect page?

Assuming UX experts are familiar with the Bastien & Scarpin Ergonomics Criteria, How would you classify the behavior of user clicking in a link and being redirect to a 404 page? I'm struggling to ...
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Which font is the best for reading text (not code)? I mean font that has the best readability [closed]

Which font or type of font is considered the best for reading the regular text (not programming code)? Which font or type of font has the best readability?
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Examples of UX vs Ergonomy in web / mobile

I'm trying to define UX vs. ergonomics so I'm searching the web for good examples to illustrate both of them. Have you have any pictures or examples of mobile app or websites that could be considered ...
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Is there any UX study that explains and (dis?)proves the benefits of the Touch Bar on new MacBook Pros?

I am a programmer, UX designer, and love the semi-structured approach the touch bar has offered to user interfaces, especially when contrasted to the "anything goes, your finger is a mouse" design ...
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Usability of built-in trackpads in laptops

I am wondering if there has been any studies on the usability of trackpads in laptop computers because they have always seem rather awkward to use yet have become standard with laptops. It doesn't ...
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Why are keyboard numpads on the right-hand side?

All standard computer keyboards have numpad (numeric keypad) on the right-hand side. Why is it so? I have recently switched to a laptop without a numpad. This lets me have the mouse in a much more ...
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Why are aluminium soda cans typically round instead of square?

Why are beverage cans usually round? Considering the amount that are made, and the need to be transported - isn't a round design inefficient? (ie the lost space from not tightly fitting together). ...
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Is speech recognition faster than keyboard for data entry

Are there any serious studies looking at why we still use/need a keyboard if speech recognition technology makers (like Nuance's Better Day and Dragon) claim they do more words per minute?
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Why aren't keyboards' home and top rows aligned nicely?

If you're like most people, your keyboard looks something like this: The keen eye will notice that all but one set of adjacent rows on a regular keyboard are aligned at half-key increments: the top ...
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What color smartphone provides the best viewing experience?

This question is not as subjective as it sounds. Some background... Smartphones are commonly sold in black, white, silver, gold, and occasionally other colors. This is slightely dated (2013), but I'...
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ALL CAPS fonts for industrial use

I'm on a plane and noticed the use of all caps on the flight crew phone: Generally I found the phone very well designed: it has rounded colors, decent contrast, is unobtrusive for passengers, and ...
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Ergonomic trackpad+button layout for Smart TV remote control

I'm developing a remote control iOS app that will be used to control a web browser running within a smart TV and need some help. I'm interested in how I can place controls in such a way that it is ...
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What is the purpose of jackets having small zipperless back pockets just below the neck?

I was a little bit surprised to find that my Bench-branded 100% polyester jacket had a little zipperless back pocket just below the neck, especially since placing something like keys there would make ...
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Why are monitors only at neck height by default?

Most computer monitors are too low. Almost everybody, at least once in their lives, has put a pack of printing paper, a cardboard box, or something else under their monitors stand to bring it to an ...
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Reduced keyboard layouts (software or hardware)

Are there any keyboard layouts designed to use a reduced set of keys, such as the home row (asdfghjkl;) and the rows above and below? I imagine typing would be easier to learn, a possibly more ...
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Should ergonomics be added to password strength meters?

After getting locked out of my account for typing in my password incorrectly several times in a row, I realized that the password I chose is too prone to typos and has resulted in locked accounts. It ...
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Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?

In browsing the site today, I came across a question about doors somewhat related to something I’ve been wondering for a LONG LONG time: Why don’t we remove all door handles and let doors open both ...
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Why do door knobs still exist?

As far as I know, in US, grip-and-turn style door knobs are still the most popular, as opposed to lever-style handles, which dominate in the rest of the world. Is there some UX advantage to door ...
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Benefit of “Twisty bottom” ballpoint pens over “Clicky tops”

What is the benefit of "twisty bottom" ballpoint pens over "clicky tops"? Since they take two hands to activate while clickable versions only use one they do not seem to be better designed. Is it ...
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Ergonomics of computer code [closed]

Earlier I've asked similar question at StackOverflow and was ruthless downvoted. Yet I believe it to be absolutely viable and useful. At least for me as a software developer. There are many holy war ...
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Best way to print a big HTML array [duplicate]

For some reason I need to print a big array of data (2D) retrieved from the DB. There is so many column that the array go over the screen width. So I wonder if there is any tricks to show this kind ...
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Keyboard number row ordering

On a typical keyboard, why is the 0 in the number row next to the 9 instead of the 1? This seems like a question which should have a straight-forward answer, but the only one I could find is this ...
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Do touch screens have a harmful psychological effect on people? [closed]

The touch screen is a radical change in the control of machines. For centuries, machines were operated by physical buttons. Perhaps the most important aspect of user experience for a physical device ...
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Why do physical keyboards still have built-in numpads?

Normally I use a wireless keyboard without a number pad and a mouse right next to it. Having started a new job, I was finding my right arm somewhat more sore. This was confusing until I realized: ...
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What are the costs of forcing a switch between mouse and keyboard?

If a user is entering text at a keyboard, then is forced to use their mouse for something (e.g. clicking a button in a modal dialog), what are the time and cognitive costs of that? Similarly, when ...
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How do left-handed people hold smartphones?

Is it with their left hand, using its thumb to tap UI elements? Or do they use their right hand like right-handed people? Is there any research into this matter with published numbers?
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Are there any studies on which keyboard keys get pressed the most?

I am surprised about the trend to make arrow keys half-sized and crammed right next to each other in recent laptops: These are the same keys that stand completely isolated on the conventional ...
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What are the must have elements of a web(site) ergonomics analysis?

I'm asked to deliver a website ergonomics analysis, and would like to get to know how you do it? And what tools do you use to analyze the page itself? I usually use 3M Vas to analyze a page, but I'm ...