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The formatting of text and numbers to improve readability or to otherwise improve comprehension.

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What term works best for unset start/end dates in a range?

I'm rendering information about the date range (or period) that a report was generated from. E.g. from July 1st to August 31, 2018. Report Period: 2018-07-01 - 2018-08-31 However either the start ...
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What are some standard patterns for formatting numerical values with a wide range of values like cryptocurrency prices? [duplicate]

I am trying to build a screen where I need to display cryptocurrency prices. The problem with these prices are that some of them such as BTC have 2 digits after the decimal, some of them have 4 while ...
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Should I add period after yes/no answer in survey?

Have you ever make a survey question with answers like Yes, with coke Yes, with beer No With this kind of choices within a form, should you add a period after the answer? Or just leave ...
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Should I require starting name with a capital letter in form

I'm part of a team developing small web app. I'm responsible for frontend part of it. We've got form with inputs for user name and last name. Backend guy made a regex that requires name to be at least ...
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Best Practice for indicating part of a week textually (specifically contiguous days)

I realise I'm probably splitting hairs here, but I feel like there should be some sort of convention or best practice for this situation, but I haven't been able to find anything online, and I can't ...
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Tips on number formatting for better readability

I'm designing a dashboard. One of the components of the dashboard is a Tile Panel that should display values in different units. The problem is those numbers can be really huge and to make it more ...
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How to improve readability of highly-structured text

NOTE: This question explores methods for increasing readability for a target user group. Background: Readability is invaluable when dealing with large amounts of text. For some users, programmers, ...
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How to express period from one moment in time to another?

I must to inform my user that he has a reservation from one moment in time to another (with different dates and hours). What is the best way to express it? I was thinking about: you have an ...
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Formatting Negative International Currency Amounts

In financial reports I'm formatting an international currency amounts like USD 12.99 or AUD 9.99, etc. What is the accepted formatting for negative values: (USD 12.99) or USD (12.99) or something ...
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Showing (binary) availability on date picker

I'm working on a system which uses a date picker to reserve a date in the system. The specs are: Dates have two states: Available for booking, or not available. You can only book one date at a time. ...
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How should I format my Date field Helper Text?

We are adding helper text to our date fields so the user knows whether to type month or day first. The date field will be forgiving and smart. So it will allow users to type in dates in many ...
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Auto Formatting Date Entry that has formatted helper text

We are looking to improve our date pickers so that a user can type in single digits for the months and days as well as 2 digits for the year. Overall we are just going to be putting logic in so power ...
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Why are labels more important than values in forms?

This is something I always wondered: when designing a form, why do labels hold more weight than values when values are what matter? Consider the following examples (left column is form fields, right ...
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How to visually format questions/answers to easily follow the story?

I'm designing a booklet about science facts and stories for kids. The format is based on questions and answers between a teacher and a student. It's text based; few images/graphics are used. The ...
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Is it a bad idea to have multiple date formats on the same page, or if they have different use cases can they be formatted differently?

I am working on a new page in my companies application where it will be showing a table of staff requests for a manager to action. The table will include a column with the date that the request was ...
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Formatting toolbar in document editing app

I'm working on a web app (not mobile) which allows the creation and collaboration of legal documents. The business owner wants to have a fixed toolbar, as per this editing tool I'm using to write ...
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Optimal Number of Bullet Points in Copy (Are odd numbers better than even numbers?)

When displaying bullet points in text or in a slide, is there an optimal number of bullet points? I remember some marketer telling me odd numbers 3 or 5 are better digested but can't find any ...
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Good way to represent filename patterns for non-technical users?

There is a section in our app which contains information about the meaning of filename suffixes. This is a help text that explains how to choose the files to upload (they are obtained elsewhere and ...
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Why is display of conditional blinking data rarely implemented in modern applications?

About 23 years ago, I deployed a character based pawnshop management application for MS-DOS 6.22 and Altos Xenix-V platforms. All my forms use high contrast with a black background. In the pawn ...
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What is the best way to format the age ranges in a year and month format?

We have a form where a user will enter a range of ages in the form of [start year] [start month] [end year] [end month] for the age of a child. E.x. [1] [6] [3] [0] would be 1 years and 6 months as ...
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Related form fields next to each other

It seems the best practise when it comes to forms is to lay the fields out in a one column layout - should this be true for fields that are related to each other? For example, would a suitable ...
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What are use cases for displaying fractions?

Someone was saying that fractions are still used in business (somewhere in the world) but I don't know for what. Does anyone actually display numeric values with fractions in a business context? For ...
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DD/MM/YY or DD/MM/YYYY?

There have been discussions about the order of DD, MM, YYYY, but never really any discussion about why designers choose to use YYYY over YY (for instance, 01/01/2017 rather than 01/01/17). Any idea ...
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Which is a a better Date Format “1991-11-01” OR “1991-Nov-01” i.e. “YYYY-MM-DD” OR “YYYY-MMM-DD”

In my application, I am showing dates to users in different ways: Option 1: In a table format, where user scans the table to see the when certain activities were done. Option 2: As customer's ...
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How to represent form fields for `distance` and `time taken` in a marathon report

I'm trying to create a form where I have to ask user for distance and time taken. For simplicity, let's assume that distance is in kilometers and time taken is in hours:minutes. Now, from UX ...
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How to make Rich Editor states less confusing?

See the example below, taken from Open Office on Mac (the same happens with most editors I know, and even graphics software such as Photoshop or Illustrator) As you can see, the editor clearly shows ...
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Country/Societal Preferences for Leading Zeroes in Clocks?

Numerous resources indicate that preferences regarding the inclusion of leading zeroes in clocks (08:42 vs. 8:42 in 24-hr clocks; 03:42 p.m. vs. 3:42 p.m. in 12-hr clocks) may be unique to individual ...
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Scientific notation in an editable text field: is there a preferrred capitalization for the “e”?

My team has an editable numeric text field in an application. The numbers have a wide dynamic range (e.g. 0.000000421 and 1360000 are both possible) so computerized scientific notation is something we ...
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Should TL;DR be bold or the sentence that accompanies it?

It is quite common on the internet (and commonly used on Stack Exchange also) to use a short sentence to resume a longer explanation. There are different ways to express this such as: Short answer ...
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Formatting users input in a form

I have a form where I want a user to put a price. When loaded, the price is displayed as 12.3456. Is it considered bad practice to reformat the user's input to match this format? Input | ...
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Classified site with rich text body [closed]

I've started to implement this feature on the site I'm working on, and wanted to know if it's a good thing to do. Basically, just like any other site where you can post your ads, you have a field to ...
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How to explain ID card format in text?

In an iOS app I have a identity card field. I want to show users the format. What the most appropriate/clear to describe the following regex: [XYZ]{1}[0-9]{7}[TRWAGMYFPDXBNJZSQVHLCKET]{1} Currently ...
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Show hours < 10 with or without a zero

Is there a "good" way to show time in an iOS app (and more in general in apps/website) ? Is 8:35:29 better than 08:35:29 ? Format in different languages Moreover, I noticed that if I set my iPhone ...
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Should I rely on default OS format for field validation?

I have a international webservice (6 languages) with about 1000 people daily who access from any device, from smartphones to internet-cafes. The information displayed are a bit scientific, for ...
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What is the most readable way to display a U.S. phone number?

What is the best format for a full 10-digit U.S. phone number in terms of readability, accessibility, and overall ease-of-use? A few examples: (800) 555-1234 (800)555-1234 (no space after the area ...
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What's the best way to display dates for international users? [duplicate]

Date formatting in the U.S.A. is usually shown as Month / Day / Year, while international users expect dates to be shown as Day / Month / Year. What is the best way to avoid confusion for a date ...
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When is it appropriate to use masking on an input field?

I am having some difficulty convincing myself that users will like masking applied to input fields (Web form). I personally hate it when forms manipulate my input while I'm typing it. I'd rather have ...
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Users entering the wrong decimal separators for US$ amounts

I have an application that accepts a dollar amount in $USD. Unfortunately, some people are foreign/visitors to the US and type in amounts with commas instead of periods: they format the number as XXX....
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How can I tell whether to use input masking or magic inputs which accept any format?

Inputs which are designed to accept a user's phone number, a date, or a Social Security Number can use input masks. Input masks are inputs which will show the format required within the text box (for ...
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Adding multiple options to a list

In my web app there is a section for users to add packages to send products to us. Currently, there is a blank package when the user first arrives at the screen. After filling out the package weight ...
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Website Forms - struggling for space, what is the best option?

I am looking for some input on a dilemma. I need to implement a newsletter signup box and I am struggling to fit it in properly to the space I have. The restrictions are: The left hand column is the ...
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Greyed out text field

I have a sign up form where the email address needs to be displayed, but cannot be edited (it is pre-determined, like an invite). Is it sufficient to grey the populated email field out to signify that ...
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Actual rules for formatting local numbers and currency

Local formatting for numbers and currency differs in many attributes, including: the decimal delimiter the amount of decimal spaces the thousand delimiter use of short / long scale the position of ...
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Is it good UX to right align numerical data in a text field when editing?

I understand it's a necessity when it comes to viewing data in a table or a list that numeric values should be righ aligned. but when it comes to editing the values in a text field, should it be same? ...
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What is the best email address format for people with the same first and last name?

The larger the organisation (for example a company or educational institution), the more likely that there will be two people with the same name. Typically, email addresses are formatted firstname....
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Valid currency formats by locale

Does anyone know where I can get a list of valid currency formats by locale code? I've extracted formats from Intl (js object) and compared to those, which we can see in Windows Regional Settings and ...
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Is it a good practices if I give helpful information about operating the search box to user?

On my data tables view, I have a search box that search information from database and shows it on the data tables. There are any need to use button with the search box? I use key up event handler ( ...
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For death year, should I use N/A or — if person still alive?

I am making an app that displays detailed information of all U.S. presidents. For each president, you can view data such as the year the president was born and died. George Washington ...
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Best data formatting for sorted and unsorted lists (names, dates, etc) [closed]

Anyone have guidelines (ideally backed up by scientific study) for the best way to format data in lists/tables/grids? I'm arguing with my group about name formats--I think we should always display ...
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Is currency symbol enough to figure out the culture

I want to figure out a culture by passing just the currency symbol, however, I'm not sure if that is a good method? I was also wondering if the currency formatting is dictated by culture or by the ...