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How to visualize the possibility of drag'n'drop?

My web application contains a list of elements, which can be sorted by drag'n'drop. How should this feature be visually represented to users?
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Best way to select a subset of items in a long list

One of our clients wants us to build a web application to share information about the magazines he publishes. Each edition of a magazine contains a variable amount of advertisers. These advertisers ...
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What is the best UI for multi-selecting from a list?

We have a web form and one of the fields is a multi-select list. Our options are: List of checkboxes Listview (select box but allowing multi-select) Both seem to be a bit ugly and unwieldy when the ...
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Adding USA at the top of dropdown list of countries. OK practice or not?

Some web sites have a country dropdownlist where USA and Canada are listed at the top of the list (as well in their normal positions). I read once that this was insulting to non US/Canada users. The ...
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Alphabetical lists - horizontal or vertical?

When listing a large set of data alphabetically Is it better to list them horizontally or vertically? Craiglist lists states in columns vertically. Another site I've been using http://www.rent-acoder....
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Location of new items in list

I have a medium-sized list (about a few dozen items, the container is very likely to have internal vertical scrolling). There is no sorting, so items are displayed in the order of their addition to ...
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Choose Your Country: Best Usability approach

I'm looking at potentially designing a site which will have 'mirrors' in multiple sites around the world. I am experimenting with the best method to help users change both their country and language ...
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Alternatives to a dual list for selecting a bunch of items from a long list?

What alternatives and examples are there for selecting a bunch of items from a long list of items instead of a dual list? This question has some nice enhancements on the traditional dual list, but I'...
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Moving Elements Between Lists

I have a question... I'm dealing with an interface that has two lists, and you can drag and drop elements between them. What would be a better approach and why? a) Moving between lists doesn't ...
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Replacement for long drop-down list

I'm currently working on a part of our application in which the user edits a document. Part of the application allows the user to input certain "parts." We've implemented this as a couple of drop ...
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Alternative to this dual list UI

So a while back, I asked a question about a dual list UI. I didn't explain my question well enough, and the answers reflected that. My question now is, "Is there a better way to allow the user to ...
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What is the best graphical interface for inputting a list of pairs?

I want to create a graphical interface for inputing skill build orders for an RPG game. A skill build is an ordered list of (skill, number) pairs, like this (see footnote): (A x1) -> (B *) -> (...
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How do you sort a list of languages?

A website is available in 100 languages. There is a form to select a language, and it includes these 8 English Русский 日本語 עברית العربية বিষ্ণুপ্রিযা় মণিপুরী მარგალური አማርኛ Normally, I would ...
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How to indicate that an element is "new" in a list

I was wondering if you had any clever idea of how to show that an element in a list is new. In my case I'm displaying a list of documents and I want the user to see which ones are new since their ...
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Best way to reorder long list of items

I'm currently working on reordering items in a list. The tricky part though is that I need to be able to reorder up to 100 items. I have some solutions in mind but the design will break once it ...
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Best approach to update all entries in a list that is paginated?

I have a list which is paginated in a webpage. It also has a function to select the number of entries per page. A bulk update on all is required. What would be the best approach to this? My concern ...
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Which is the best way to select a language from 400 possibilities?

We are defining a language selector for 400 languages. Given the massive number of languages compared to other websites, we applied several mechanisms to reduce the complexity of the language list. ...
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For large hierarchies - checkbox tree or 'guided tree construction'

Context In my Web based application I have a hierarchy of musical genres. There are around 1.5k genres in the tree, and the depth of the tree is at most about four levels. My application allows you ...
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What control should I use to indicate multi-select lists on iOS?

Scenario The user can choose multiple items from a list, which will be carried forward to the next action. Problem In iOS, there are no checkboxes available to make it clear to the user that this ...
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What is the most user friendly way to allow users to insert data into a hierarchy?

I have created a hierarchical data set which I use to store a tree of regions. I want users to be able to add new nodes onto the tree, but I am having a hard time thinking of a very user friendly way ...
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Most intuitive way to offer manual sorting? [duplicate]

all. I'm designing an online form builder (think Forms in Google Docs / Spreadsheets). The functionality is complete, but I'm not happy with the sorting capabilities. Everyone that I have done ...
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In a long list of customers, how can I efficiently mark which have been edited?

There exists a narrow table listing about 250 customers in alphabetical order. Each row contains the customer's name, account code, city and state. I need to indicate in each row if the customer ...
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Why not default a user's view to the middle of a sorted list?

Is there a compelling reason (besides convention) why a user's typical default view of a long sorted list is always the beginning of the list and not the middle? Assuming a random distribution of ...
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User control for a two level selection

I'm about to develop an application that will be used by revisers to compile the errors they find while reviewing a translation. The application will consist of a simple form in which they will have ...
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Integrity of "expand all" when user can expand/collapse children independently

Consider an application that displays a table (of arbitrary length) where the table is comprised of a header that includes an "expand-all/collapse-all" button, and each row in the table includes a ...
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How to mark visited vs non visited links

What is the best combination of markings (colour, style etc.) for visited vs. non-visited links in a list that may contain many links and whose contents may have been visited in any number and any ...
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Best way of displaying table data on ipad - grid vs list

I am struggling with a option for displaying tabular data on an Ipad I've split the right hand side into the options: Top, normal table layout. Advantages: can fit lots of rows into view. Can spot ...
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What is a good visual cue for drag and drop? (for reordering a list of items)

I'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on what is the best visual cue to indicate to the user that list items can be reordered via drag and drop? Here are a few options I've been playing around ...
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Best way to add items to a paginated list

I have a long list of items sorted by date that is pageable. When a user adds an item it is shown and highlighted in the list. The problem I have is that the date entered affects where it ends up in ...
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What is the best way to display edit/delete actions on a row?

I am building a web application that deals with a lot of tables/lists of records. I am currently building an "AJAX edit-in-place" feature, so that you can edit a record while being on the same page. ...
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Best design for displaying list under a list of items ?

I have a list of items in a database and i display 10 items with some additional details at a time(as table rows). I use next & previous buttons to fetch the remaining items. This part has been ...
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Selecting many elements from a long list

I have a scenario where my 'create user' dialog has a very long list of options, of which the user needs to select many. The project manager has suggested a 'dual list' approach: a long (scrolled) ...
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How to best display a long list of check boxes

In my application users are required to select from a drop down, a list of projects they wish to include in their custom search. The easy part is that users can select one project to filter on or ...
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Android List View - delete row button, delete selected button or delete from item click menu?

Android List view activity with item rows. User needs to be able delete some rows. I know standard way in Android is to use item click menu. But it's 2 clicks. Is it best way?
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Unambiguous way to display timezone information in a compact manner

When displaying a listing of events, each with their own date, time, and timezone, I'd like to present the timezone that the given event has been assigned. However, there is potentially a lot of ...
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How to present a todo list / checklist to a user

I'm working on a website where each user have to fill some forms to add some data which must be validated by some administrators. I won't enter into details in order to find a general solution which ...
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Update list when a user is viewing the list without annoying them

We have a list of items that the user will be interacting with frequently during sessions. Each session will last a minute or two and during that time they are changing state on items and updating ...
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Search/Filter for automotive search

I'm creating a search form for an automotive website, and we want to use auto-suggest to recommend filter sets to refine the data. I've never designed search results that also incorporate search ...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a v-...
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UI design for ordering items in list

What component/UI design would you use for ordering items in a list (a table with move up/down buttons)?
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Multiple or Single Checkbox for ToDo List?

Would you suggest for a To-Do List section of a project management app I am working on have multiple checkboxes? Or keep things simple and "common" using single checkbox? I think that multiple ...
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In a grid, how to manually reorder rows?

I wish to let my users reorder elements in a grid - not do automatic sorting on a column. They select which element is the first, which one comes after the other, etc. I thought of and saw some ...
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How to display long lists of nested filters?

On the web interface I'm working on, the user has to pick an item from a long list. They may or may not know what they are looking for. In the database, this list is organised in a hierarchical way, ...
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Two step selection in windows phone 7

How to display this two step selection dialog in a native way in WP7: States (in my case approximately 40 entries) Cities (in my case 1-15 entries) Here are my thoughts I want to discuss with you ...
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File manager on a mobile device

I've termed the question "File manager" because it most closely relates to what I am looking for. This question is for a mobile web application but as it is a UX/UI design question any native app ...
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Should an order tracker timeline be in chronological or reverse chronological order?

'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.' - Søren Kierkegaard In an ecommerce order tracker, where there are a list of 'events' (for example, order placed, out for ...
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Prioritizing Items from a list of values

I want a user to prioritize 4 items from the highest to lowest priority without being able to select the same priority for each item for the registration process. So far this is the wireframe I have ...
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Reordering Checkbox List on selection

I have a requirement for a user story I am working on requesting that on checking a check box in a check box list, the selected items appear at the top of the list. My gut is telling me this is ...
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Icons only vs list with icons

I'm wondering what's the UX point of view of using only icons or a list with text + icons. Only icons List with icons The only icons options provides a faster way to access to the action, as you ...
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Allow list box to expand to browser height?

I'm designing a web app that includes a list builder. I've proposed that the height of the list box containing the available items should grow depending upon the available browser height. However, I ...
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