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Keyboard navigation over repeating informational elements

I have a UI like this. The user navigates through a list of people. To the right, there are two labels: Assigned and Active. A mouse user can click on the label to see some help text, as shown on the ...
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Has there been any research on one-handed Dvorak layout and smartphone (swipe) keyboard travel distance?

The Dvorak simplified keyboard is optimised for low finger travel distance, leading to faster typing and less wrist pain compared to the Qwerty layout. On a smartphone, most people effectively only ...
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Is it good to put search box above the keyboard?

Here's the case, I'm designing for a text editor on iphone, user wants to search keyword in the article the just wrote. We don't have the suggest results (things pop out when you're searching in yelp),...
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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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Enter key action on modal dialogs

The action of the Escape key on a modal dialog is clear in that it closes the dialog, effectively clicking a 'Cancel' button or similar. However, what is the current consensus of the Enter key while ...
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Does including a Konami-code triggered Easter Egg negatively impact keyboard accessibility?

On an open-source project I'm involved in, one of our devs added a mini-game for April Fools Day, which could be opened and played by pressing the Konami Code sequence on your keyboard (up, up, down, ...
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Are there any recent studies of the "Keyboard vs Mouse"-issue?

Back in the late 80's, Apple Human Interface concluded that the mouse is faster than the keyboard, objectively. But also that every test person subjectively thought that the keyboard was faster. ...
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Best practices/rationale for unified vs separate keyboard/mouse navigation of lists?

Context I'm in the process of designing/implementing a filterable object creation palette with categorized results for a visual content creation application. I'm trying to decide how to handle ...
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Why do France and Belgium use the AZERTY keyboard? What is the historical origin of this redundancy?

Most countries in the world use the QWERTY keyboard. Also, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) countries: Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Croatia, ...
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Usability of Ctrl + Enter Submitting of Forms

In my web app I want to give the possibility of submitting every form with Ctrl + Enter shortcut. What is better: submit the form with keyboard only when one of the fields of this form is focused ...
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Reason for difference in behaviour of autcomplete interactions in input fields

There seems to be two different schools of thought when it comes to the autocompletion of input fields and I am wondering if there is a particular reason or rationale for each. Basically, when the ...
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Why don't mobile keyboards have a delete button?

We can install additional third-party keyboards to get a delete button. But I wonder why we don't have it out of box? Is there any research that shows the delete key is less used compared to other ...
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Which event type is preferable for keyboard interactions, "key up" or "key down"?

When implementing keyboard interactions, platforms provide two kinds of event: "key up" and "key down". For example: The browser provides keyup and keydown. macOS provides NSEvent....
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Page of carousels - Skip links / best keyboard navigation

This question relates to UX with keyboard navigation and a11y for screen reader users. We have an app that uses multiple carousels of movies, similar to Netflix or Disney+, with their respective ...
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What would be a better typing experience in landscape mode of a keyboard?

While designing a keyboard app for android, I went through a lot of testing of various existing keyboards. One thing found in common was that typing in landscape mode of every keyboard wasn't very ...
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Why isn't the apostrophe on the 'front page' of mobile virtual keyboards?

In terms of punctuation marks the apostrophe, must be used almost as much as commas or full stops. Yet it doesn't get a front screen ( single press ) on either of the mobile keyboards I have loaded (...
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Should I use the name "Enter" or "Return" key?

I'm trying to list the what various keys do inside the documentation for my CLI program, but I'm not sure what to refer to this key as. It is commonly referred to as either Enter or Return, but which ...
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Why are the keys on a keyboard square?

Some of the keys on a keyboard are rectangular in shape, and the Enter key is often a strange shape, but the majority of keys are square. But there could be other possible shapes for those keys. For ...
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Is it good to change keyboard's input language automatically in JavaScript?

In some websites, there are forms to be filled by the end-user. In multilingual contexts, some developers try to change the input language of the keyboard or hook to the field that should be filled ...
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Are there any benefits of Click or Tap Volume?

I can't think of any benefit to emit an audible sound when one clicks or taps on a touchscreen or desktop. However, I have dealt with legacy products that have done this, not just on destructive ...
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What are the most common special characters used in email addresses?

I'm working on an onscreen keyboard for a kiosk-type application where the user can type in their email address using that keyboard. We will have a 'more symbols' type button to toggle the keyboard ...
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Keyboard Shortcut For "Delay"

I'm currently building a web application which does task management. A very common function is to "delay" the current task, which means it will be postponed until some point in the future. There's ...
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Why is the caps lock key often so big on a keyboard?

It seems that the caps lock key is not a frequently used key on a computer keyboard yet on all the keyboards I have used, it is afforded a significant amount of interface real estate, often as much as ...
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Collapsible navigation sidebar and Bootstrap Dropdown, are these similar?

This is a control panel for administrators. The collapsible sidebar you see below contains links to other pages related to administration. This image shows me navigating with the TAB key, ...
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Focus behavior in a modal navigation drawer?

How should focus ideally behave in a modal navigation drawer (much like the one from Material Design)? The modal would appear when I webpage is viewed on a small screen, be opened using a hamburger ...
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Soft input panel for 480x320 LCD screen

I'm working on a Qt-based C++ project. The project includes a 480x320 TFT LCD screen for display. The screen is also capacitive and used for touch-based input. The screen is about the size of a credit ...
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Why are keyboard keys staggered?

In every keyboard that I have used, the keys are arranged so that the keys are staggered a small increment to the left from the previous row. Q is above and slightly to the left of A, and A is above ...
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For a command to increase something, should instructions refer to the "+" key or the "=" key?

Our software uses the =/+ and -/_ keys for opposite tasks. For example, increasing or decreasing a value, or zooming in or out. No modifier keys are used. Here is the conundrum: If we refer to it as ...
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Tab order through a matrix of radio buttons

I'm building an HTML form where the user can select one of three options for each day of the week. The wireframe proposed by the designer looks like this: a matrix of radio buttons, with columns for ...
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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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Which platforms support a Hyper modifier key?

I've seen that some platforms support the modifier key Hyper (separate from Ctrl, Alt, Shift, Super/Cmd/Windows modifier keys). While this is not a common modifier, It's available in X11, and I read ...
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How the fastest Spanish keyboard users type accent marks and Spanish-specific characters

Wondering what a proficient, super skilled Spanish text/copy editor individual does to type accents like á and tilde's like ñ. Wondering if they, on a Mac, would use the popup that appears if you hold ...
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What is the best mobile keyboard for alphanumeric input type?

I need to set the most user-friendly keyboard for anyone who enters his car's license plate number. In the country I develop for, those are alphanumeric. There are other countries that use numbers ...
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What's the point of deactivating Num Lock on login screens? [closed]

Many login screens automatically deactivate the Num Lock key on the keyboard before the user can enter their password. This is extremely frustrating for the user as they involuntarily type their ...
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Why doesn't the space bar have anything written on it?

All the key on the keyboard have something written on them which more or less describes their functionality, except for, traditionally, the Space bar. Why don't the majority of keyboard space bar ...
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Availability of tooltip text for keyboard users

I am programming a desktop application and I use some icon-buttons without labels. I do not want to use Labels because of layout. So I set to every icon a descriptive tooltip text, because some icons ...
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Why do numpads on keyboards and phones have reversed layouts?

I came across this on the web. It's supposed to be funny, but we all know better :) So, why are the numpad layouts different, and what are the reasons behind each?
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Why are there no arrow keys on most mobile on-screen keyboards?

When typing on smartphones or tablets it is very cumbersome to move the cursor to a different position. Why is it that the onscreen keyboards on these devices usually don't have left/right arrow ...
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Which would be the logical way for shortcuts for up down left right arrows keys in a keyboard

What would be the more intuitive way to wire [←] [→] [↑] [↓] keys to the left side of the keyboard for shortcuts? Currently, my app is mirroring the behaviour with the key e (up) d (down) s (left) ...
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How to improve the smartphone keyboard layout?

I have loads of problems with the small keys on my smartphone as my fingers cover them completely. I guess most people have the same problem. The Qwerty keyboard layout was designed for ten-finger ...
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What negative impacts changing language automatically in input fields can have on UX?

For users who use more than one language a common pattern happens when they enter data into the computer: They write in one language until it's necessary to write in another language They use ...
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Why is 'shift + space' not popularly used?

Why isn't SHIFT+SPACE popularly utilised? Chrome uses space as "page down", and SHIFT+SPACE as "page up". However, I haven't been able to find a single occurrence of it being utilised during typing. ...
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

The reason I'm asking is trivial, but I can't come up with a better place to ask. I bought a keyboard that has Super keys with the vendor logo printed on them. I've been meaning to replace them with ...
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Is there a default behaviour for pressing the ENTER key on an IM dialog?

I believe that back when IM messages tended to be shorter, or at least when Twitter popularized the 120 character (or is it 140 now) limit, it made sense that the ENTER key would double up as a SAVE/...
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Comparing mouse + Keyboard vs Touch Screen Input Devices?

Is there any research that compares the User Experience of using the mentioned Input Devices ? Thanks Edit: Basically for my dissertation i'm planning on creating a usable interface for a voting ...
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Why warn about caps lock for passwords, instead of ignoring caps lock for password characters?

Many login screens warn the user if the caps lock key is switched on. Most prominently the windows login screen. Does this offer any advantage compared to simply ignoring the caps lock key and ...
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What are the options beyond the keyboard, for truly good quality text input?

I am currently typing this through gesture typing. That is how I do essentially all text input these days, but despite years of experience, clearly a keyboard is way better. But the other realities ...
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Why do some keyboards extend the Return key up into the backslash?

Most keyboards have a rectangular Return (often labeled Enter) key. Above it they have the \ key and above that is a rectangular Backspace key. Some keyboards, however, have a weird shaped Return key ...
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Normative ordering for modifier key combinations

When indicating valid key modifier combinations to users, is there a "correct" or normative order in which to describe them? For instance, if you wanted the user to press shift and control and alt and ...
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Why do modern keyboards have Scroll Lock?

The Scroll Lock key is useless in the modern day, and some higher-end keyboards don't even have it: Same can be said for the Pause and Break keys, but however it pauses the BIOS POST output on many ...