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What is best practice for designing a Persistent Navigation (or navigation that stays visible and fixed when the user scrolls)

Looking for best practices when designing a persistent navigation like below: NFL (the scores in the banner)http://www.nfl.com/ Facebooks blue header http://www.facebook.com/ Creatticas header and ...
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Navigation Bar, mixing links and buttons

I am trying to create a navigation menu with 2 functions in it... the website 'page' navigation links and 'action' buttons... sort of like this image http://skitch.com/christieday/gg2sr/dribbble-...
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Is there a name for website navigation that uses anchors on a single page rather than linking to different pages?

I keep running across sites where the navigation paradigm is linking to anchors on a single page rather than linking to different pages. Some examples: https://banksimple.com/ http://www.cornell.edu/...
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Too many navigation levels?

Do you thing the user workflow is too "busy" on the screenshot below? The idea is to bring a user through all the the tabs. The workflow would be: Use the main tabs (vertical or horizontal..not sure ...
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Pattern for navigating by typing text in a text-field

I am working on an application which has a very dense UI with lots of menu items. Is there a UI Pattern for navigating to different screens by typing text in a text-field? The keyboard focus is on ...
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iPhone App: Tab Bar vs. Dashboard (aka Grid Navigation). Or both?

I'm working on an iPhone app (early stage) and we had some discussions on the best navigation system: Dashboard style (examples) This would be the home screen. What I like: Good feature overview; a "...
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Click Through Rate on Sticky Menus

Are there any studies or data that show sticky navigation elements are effective at producing click through, for example .... http://gawker.com/ I"m thinking about putting one in, but wanted some ...
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Drop down consistency needed on navigation on site header?

I am building a website which has a horizontal navigation in the header. Only some of the top level menu items sub-pages, so there are only drop downs on a few of the navigation options. I didn't ...
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Horizontal main Nav+drop down, and right hand vertical Nav, bad approach?

I'm involved in a project that is being designed and architectured by a fairly big agency and they have just completed the wireframes. However, I have some reservations in how they have designed the ...
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Using hyperlinks for navigation and commands on the same page

I am working on a government web application. We have specified in the style guide that buttons will be used for primary actions and other secondary actions within the page will use hyperlinks. There ...
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Could you please comment on this web layout? [closed]

I am designing a forum related to certain academic topics with features similar to Stack exchange sites. I have designed a web layout to facilitate easy navigation between the post overviews & the ...
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What reasons are there for “go to bottom/top” links no longer being used much? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do people use back to top links? Some websites have links like Go To Bottom or Go To Top. It seems like this technique has fallen out of style. Are there good reasons not to ...
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2 links to different paths within 1 image box

Similar to say images on the CNN or USA today home page. I have a slider display of images that will look like a bunch of small snapshots of reports. The reports will have the report name underneath ...
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Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
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What are best practices when designing a left-hand navigation element?

There are many CMS and other web application that sometimes require a left-hand navigation area which provide a way for the user to access additional resource in that specific area. This is not a ...
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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...
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What are the differences between tagging and Navigation?

We have our site navigation done. When we create a content we tag it with certain tags like images, sales, etc and we also assign it to navigation as to which part of site it should appear. Sometimes ...
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Task-based navigation: Find a document vs Search for a document

Our web application has a task-based secondary nav bar which, for the "Documents" primary nav item, offers... Documents Find a document | Add a document The "Find a document" item links to a page ...
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Location indicators in page headings: Which one is the most preferable?

In order to show the user they're on the right page after they clicked, there are several ways to treat this goal: Text Headline over the Content, saying the same as the link they clicked before. E.g....
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Is it good to offer the same navigation choices in the main content area as in the navigation?

In order to offer the user new choices, I often show the same links in the main content are that are also available in the left-hand navigation tree. It looks more or less like this: NAVIGATION ...
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Show camera feature on iPhone when there is no camera?

In my iPhone app I have a root view with some options, one being a "Camera" option where you can take a photo to send to us. My question is should I either A: Show it "grayed out" or B: Not show it ...
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Redesigning a My Account Page, What kind of navigation is best?

I have had this low priority pet project to redesign the My Account page on our site, http://www.yousendit.com, and since this has been on the back-burner for so long, I cannot determine the right ...
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Changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript

In the context of a widget on a website, what is the preferred way of changing the behavior of the arrow keys with JavaScript? The user can't scroll with the arrow keys and can use the arrow keys in ...
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What makes good navigation when the user is providing the links?

The application I am working on allows users to specify sections, and pages within these sections. They are all related to the same area of the site, so I don't want to hide the secondary navigation ...
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Mega-scale industrial resource management UI case studies

We are setting out to design a system capable of managing a system that is comprised of 100,000 individually addressable resources (electro-mechanical controllers). One very important visualization ...
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Alternatives to More Tab Button in a UITabBar?

I am working on an iPad application that currently uses a UITabBar as the prevailing navigation element. The application has maxed out the number of buttons on the bar and is now forcing a More ...
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Disabling navigation links in a wizard style interface (but not visually), is this an accepted practice?

While doing research for a current software project, I have come across Ford's car builder web application. It has a wizard style navigation across the top, and disables future links until the first 2 ...
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Categories or tags based navigation ?

I am not sure if tags based navigation would be easier for users. In our web we categorize software (like download.com) and categories maybe are hard to understand.
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Is the left or right side of the screen “more clickable”?

I'm in the second year of fine-tuning a homebrew CMS, and I've been going with this theory (which I imagined) that it's best to have interactive elements like submit buttons, back buttons, and links ...
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Does moving the secondary navigation impact a users experience?

I'm in the process of designing the navigation for a web application. I have a few different types of views. One is a map, the others are all fairly similar and are like a standard web page. Mapping ...
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Should Printer-Friendly button open a new browser window ?

Reading Common web app usability gotchas? I felt guilty when I read that using a target = "_blank" is a bad thing. I have developed a small web application that format Stack Exchange questions in a ...
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What do you think of double tab navigation? Could you provide a better solution in this case?

We are currently thinking of a redesign of our corporate site: http://www.active.hu/en/introduction I would like to replace the double tab navigation in the top, because it takes a huge amount of ...
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Back to search results

When a page has been reached from a search, rather than having a fixed location, is there any benefit to presenting a button to take the user back to the specific search they were in (and their ...
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Paging: 1 to 42 or 42 back to 1

Suppose I open up a web site and near the bottom there's a pager to navigate trough a list of items which is presorted and ordering cannot be changed. What approach do you think will be better ([this] ...
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Should a webpages header/navigation ALWAYS be the same across the site?

The question is, should the header/navigation of the site always be the same - no exceptions. Or should it generally be the same but allow for some exceptions depending on the page? Or is there ...
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Designing a website in Phases - allowing for future content

I am in the process of designing a website which will be produced in at least 2 phases. The first release will include the majority of the site sections but in phase 2 we will be producing additional ...
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User benefit vs. UI consistency

I'm working on a configurator tool with a complicated back end and a large selection of products and product options. In the current behavior if an option is selected that requires the selection of ...
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Is it better to have more than one way to navigate to functionality or only one way?

We are building a web app in Silverlight and currently have more than one way to navigate to the same functionality. I.e. there is more than one button/link on the page that does exactly the same ...
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what do you think design an on-line newspaper?

I got a practice project to design a online version for a printed newspaper. The basically thing is to reorganize the information, and the navigation would deal with this. What others do you think is ...
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Should I collapse subfolders when a user collapses a parent folder

I've noticed that some programs collapse child folders when the user collapses the parent. That is, when the parent is collapsed, then re-expanded, the child folders all appear collapsed. Others, ...
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Android list layout for search results

I'm making an android app that queries an http endpoint and displays the results with a list. Currently the results appear 10 at a time which the user navigates with next/prev. buttons. The other day ...
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Standard button control or link label

Ive recently started switching my application over to using link labels with appropriate image from the standard command button. My main reason for doing this was to maximise the textual information i ...
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What are best practices for labeling navigation?

What would be considered best practice in the following situation in terms of usability? Each section on a site has a "home" page, and several related pages as "children". Each page has a sidebar ...
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External link warnings [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: External links: Whether & how to distinguishing them from internal links, and to open them What would be the best method of warning a user that the link they are about to ...
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How to display a list of videos like YouTube?

I'm trying to find a nice way to display a list of video's in a way that'll allow the user at a quick glance get insight to the video's and easily let them navigate through the list of video's without ...
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Is search a necessary navigation element?

I often have arguments about navigation at work with programmers who think search is a required part of any navigation. I think this is because programmers are advanced computer users who use search a ...
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Putting critical but low traffic link in primary navigation

Our site (veetle.com) requires a video player plugin to be downloaded before you can play any video on the site. We've always had an inline install prompt when you enter into the video page: Now some ...
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Best way to handle primary/secondary navigation

I'm working on a site right now where I need to handle both primary and secondary navigation. Unfortunately, in this case the secondary navigation is more important than the primary... Primary ...
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Are there other options of enabling an irregular shaped clickable area on a web page other than image maps? [closed]

We have some irregular shaped areas...imagine a map of the states of the US. Imagine also that inside each state there is a rectangular region that contains graphics and text. We want to make each of ...
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2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...