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Questions tagged [history]

History refers to the past or a chain of actions that lie in the past.

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What is behind the sudden “Accept Cookies” notification on Web sites?

Cookies have been around for decades, and honestly, I think at least 90% of all people on the internet have no clue how they work. So why, just in the last few years, does almost every Web site I go ...
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Why is the US keyboard symbol layout different from most other keyboards?

If you look at the US keyboard layout and compare to many other layouts(except UK English) the symbols are often in a different order. What is the historical reason for this? It would seem to me ...
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Are there “art movements” specific to web and UI design?

Nowadays, the UI are becoming more stylized, just like art has been since time immemorial. Is there a classification of art movements that serve specifically to group UI designs? For example, I can ...
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Give focus to last focused element on navigating back in browser history — good or bad practice?

I've stumbled on this very obvious idea while working on a website with a lot of interactive items that lead to separate pages. Initially I thought it might be useful for users to have the last ...
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Why are radio buttons circles?

I understand that they shouldn't be square to avoid confusion with checkboxes and that today they should be circle for consistency, but why were they originally chosen to be circular? I've never seen ...
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Should I allow different paths to the same element in breadcrumb?

I have a breadcrumb. In my system, there are cases and objects. Both of them can contain another. So case A can contain object B, object B can contain object C and so on. There are both objects and ...
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Did anyone actually ever used wire to build wireframes?

For a book I'd like to write a few words about the history of wireframes. I know that the term is used in 3D modeling, but was it the first usage of the term? Or did industrial designers use actual ...
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Should a 404 error be kept in the browser history?

I am working on a script that I will most likely be using for all my future websites that prevents the page from refreshing/redirecting when navigating through it. It does this by Manipulating the ...
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Call it log, History, Events, Activity, etc

I have an application, where everything is logged so that a user, later on, can look through all activity. It is just a small part of app. But what do I call this "log" so that even a child would ...
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Is it bad practice to prevent jump links from cluttering browser history?

I'm developing a website with rather long pages, where the user can click on hyperlinks to scroll up/down to elements of interest. This scrolling is done smoothly (using jQuery), to help maintain ...
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Ways of showing linear history

If you are a software developer you're probably familiar with images like this: This is a perfect example of a display for a linear history. I was wondering if anyone has seen other ways of ...
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What is the easiest way to represent “history” menu?

I have been testing a mobile application (iOS) that allows you to access past actions. I'm currently using an icon like this https://cdn1.iconfinder.com/data/icons/material-core/21/history-128.png to ...
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How are the research fields CSCW and HCI related historically?

As part of writing my thesis, I was trying to reconstruct how exactly the research field of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) is related to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I have a decent ...
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Where lies the origin of the common media buttons, play, stop, pause, …?

There are these play, pause, stop, forward, backward, record buttons everywhere. According to Wikipedia there is also an iso about them (ISO/IEC 18035.). But where did they originate from? What was ...
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Why is the default behavior of BackSpace key deleting a letter instead of a word?

On Windows, the BackSpace key deletes a letter, and on the Mac, the delete key does the same. On Windows, Ctr + BS deletes a word instead, and on the Mac, Option + Delete does it. Why doesn't it ...
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Where can I find iterative UIs of popular mobile apps?

I want to study the evolution of applications (native mobile apps). For websites the Wayback Machine does offer this facility, but for mobile apps the archive is not so easy to find. Where can I ...
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Representing Chronological flow in a table

I have an application that tracks the housing history of program participants. The worker using this program will already have their current housing information inputted elsewhere. Normally, I would ...
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Why do IRC (or other chat protocol) logs scroll up with time when forums usually scroll down with time?

Traditional forums -- or even modern social networks like Twitter -- typically have their latest posts at the top of the page, whereas chat protocols like IRC, Skype, or AIM have their latest messages ...
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Expected behavior for history when a toggle button changes the section

I have a search based website where the user can search two different sections in the same manner. Let’s say one section is named Jawn and the other is Moo. The user begins the section in Moo preforms ...
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What is the origin of “File/Edit/View/…/Help” menu

A lot of software has a menu bar that starts with File, Edit, View, etc. Who did this first? Is there any evolution behind this?
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How do users benefit from having a browsing history?

I'm putting together a music based website where users can explore artists and albums. One pattern I've noticed amongst content heavy sites like IMDB and YouTube is that they go the extra mile as far ...
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Navigation history on scroll in single page applications?

In single page applications many sites use hashbangs in the URL to implement navigation history. However, I recently came across this site: https://design.google.com/form-2014 I scrolled to the ...
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What is the origin of the power icon?

What is the origin of the power button? Is it supposed to resemble a physical switch? Was it originally skeuomorphic UI design? Did it every move/turn or provide feedback? download bmml source &...
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What do the 3 close horizontal bars (not hamburger menu) represent and what is the origin of the design?

For some reason, those 3 horizontal bars centered in this Jabber client application is something I associate with something you can drag down, but I can't remember at all why I associate 3 bars with ...
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Navigation pattern between search/filter results on Single Page App

I have a Single Page App that runs in full screen without back/home/forward buttons and no URL bar. All navigation is done in a left column that updates a content area on the right. On one part of the ...
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System History Button

Customers are requesting a history button in the navigation of a system The main reasons being Convenient to go back to a state you might have lost after automatically being logged out (saving ...
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Vertical or Horizontal Slider for History version?

I'm working on a History Control Version of a web app. It will be kind of Time Machine style, where you can move a slider to go from past to present (or the other way too) and immediately see an image ...
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Why do we say UX for User Experience rather than UE?

The term User Experience goes back to Don Norman sometime in the early 90s. But where did the abbreviation UX, rather than UE, come from? I'm guessing that it was influenced by the release of ...
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Is there a benefit from driving on one side of the road, while sitting in the other side of the car?

I've noticed that cars/automobiles manufactured for countries with right-hand traffic (where vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road) place the driver's seat on the left hand side of the car ...
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Origin of the Position of Logout/ Close Button

Just out of curiosity, what could be the root of having conventions as log-out/ close button on top right for windows and top left for macs and same being followed on websites?
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Who introduced the term learnability to usability?

I am doing some research on the topic of learnability within usability. I am currently struggling to find out who was the first one to use it in this context? Any help would be really appreciated.
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Name this widget: mouseover extends text that doesn't fit in its table cell

I'd swear this used to be a widespread feature, but now I can't find any evidence of it. A table cell contains information that is too wide for the column, so it is displayed in truncated form, and ...
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Who invented video timeline thumbnails? [closed]

I’m trying to figure out who invented the video preview thumbnail that pops up e.g. on YouTube when the mouse cursor touches the timeline. The first time I saw this UI element was on a porn website (...
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Content Recommendation Design Layouts

What design layout do studies (if any) show is more effective when reccommending content to users based on their past user data?: horizontal lists similar to what we see on Amazon's product pages or ...
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When should a timeline go from top to bottom?

Some timelines are developed from top to bottom, where the oldest element is on top, and the newest is added at the bottom. The examples include forums and message boards, chats, event logs and also ...
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Should paging through a list be stored in browser history for a SPA?

I have a single page application (SPA) and currently paging through a list of items does not add items to the browser history. So you have a single entry in history for when you initially navigate to ...
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Best approach for maintaining/persisting search criteria/filters when user returns to a search page?

Say I have a basic "search" page on my site that allows user to enter filters and keywords. Then a list of results appears, and the user can click on a result to go to a "details" page about that one ...
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Best way to indicate a new cycle (of a set of actions)

I'm building a feature where the user is asked to send customized messages to their friends. The process involves two steps: Selecting a friend (will have autocomplete / suggestions) Selecting ...
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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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Best order for the company history page?

I'm making a company history page for 2005 to today. Each year has a paragraph about what happened that year. I'm conflicted as to whether I should show 2005 first (and let the user scroll down to ...
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Combining the concepts of “Archive” and “History”

I have two apps (each with iOS and Mac versions) where people add items that appear in a list. Currently when an item is deleted from the list, it is permanently and immediately removed. I'm working ...
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What is the best way to show Log Information of user actions

I am trying to find an intuitive way to show the Log/History information of the users actions on the application. The actions may include the following: Type | Date & Time | ...
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Time based undo/redo?

A friend of mine works on a tool allowing visually presenting ideas and she asked me how it should let users go back to any changes made previously. Firstly, I told her to just provide History and ...
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show ip history to login user

Show ip history, like last 100 logins IP and time, can be scare user? I think maybe user think why service provider store my IP? of course after some storing we can have fraud detection my solution ...
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How to handle history events from scolling and other in-page events

On a website that has several sections and subsections on one page, I was thinking about implementing scrolling to a new section as a new browser history event. The main reasoning for doing so is to ...
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Display change history of grid

Assumption: if there is a grid with 20 columns (I mean a lot of columns), and users can add/edit/remove rows and columns in bulk. Now we want to display the detailed changes of this grid (which means ...
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How to represent an X/Y mood data to a user within a very small space (32x32)?

I'm building a mood tracker app for iPhone and am running into a user experience issue - I would like users to be able to track their moods, along with other events in a vertical "history". The mood ...
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When did UX start being called UX?

When did people start talking about User Experience as a role/domain similar to the way that it's used today? The earliest reference I can find is the Norman, Miller, Henderson CHI 95 piece on Apple'...