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Should I redirect the user if there's only one search result, or still show the results list?

If a search results in only one item on the search results page, should I save the user’s time by immediately redirecting him/her to the searched item, or let the user see the list before moving on? ...
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What to do with the "last" button in pagination?

A large number of lists and search result pages use First and Last links, sometimes styled as << and >>. In most cases, the Last button is also the far right one, which seems to be regarded as ...
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What should be fetched if you "Search" with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps the ...
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Is 10 search results per page the best?

When there are a lot of search results they often are paginated. Most search engines I know show 10 results per page. I guess this was born out of an easy technical solution or habit. But I don't know ...
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Which UI options are suitable for a mobile search result page?

In our information dense digital world, search is crucial. So is the search result where there are a lot of help for users. But on mobile devices, the screen is very limited, which makes the use of ...
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Handling empty search results

In the event that a user search displays no search results, what is the best thing to do? Say: "Found no results. Try widening your search criteria". Display a button that takes you to a screen which ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Best way to show search results for different content types

On a website that has different types of content on the same topic, how should this information be displayed after a user searches. Let's say a site's topic is "trees" and the content types are as ...
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Whats the best default for search result sorting?

I'm working on a news search, and I find that sorting by the number of keyword matches tends to produce stale results, but sorting by date tends to produce irrelevant results. How do I strike a ...
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Should site search results be numbered?

Should website search results be numbered, like this? 1. Result One Lorem ipsum 2. Result Two Lorem ipsum I notice that Google's results aren't numbered -- they are just paginated. To me it seems ...
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Effectiveness of suggested answers on forums, like Stack Exchange

Is there data or research on how effective suggested answers are in preventing people from asking duplicate questions on online forums and Q&A sites? While some people make an effort to search, ...
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Why don't people use the "I'm feeling lucky" button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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What element should have the focus after a search?

A website has its own search (there are reasons for this; no, a Google site search will not do). So, after a search is executed, for accessibility what element should have the focus? The number of ...
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On a news website, should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default?

I'm currently working on a news website and have a question regarding the search interface: should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default? I've checked out a couple of websites ...
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Best UX approach for filtering product categories?

Lets say you have a typical set of product search results, and a typical sidebar with various checkboxes for you to filter and limit your search results. Something like the example of the left of this ...
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Should free text search result in a result list or in an "article"?

I'm designing a search control to enable users to search among a variety of food products. Now I'm a bit confused to how I should shape the behavior, if a search always should result in a result list ...
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Hotel Finder by name - should it take you directly to a hotel page if it matches the search, or to the search results page?

Here's the dilemma. To help users quickly find a hotel (the same could be true for a shop finder, pub finder etc) there is a search field on the homepage where they can type the search query. This ...
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What's the best way to display hierarchical tabular data (parent/child relationship) while allowing both pagination and search?

I've run into a brick wall while trying to come up with a suitable tabular user interface for showing hierarchical data in a table while at the same time including a search interface and pagination. ...
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How to display search results for different versions of an item?

The Apache Bloodhound defect tracker I'm working on may show historic results in search in a future version. That means even after an item has been altered (like the description text of a Ticket), ...
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What is the recommended minimum characters limit for auto-complete/filter?

We would like to provide our tables with generic search field that will filter entries where at least one of the columns contains the input text. We also think of providing auto-completion for this ...
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Should pagination be capped in web app search results?

Search results can be a funky thing to design sometimes when it comes to the value of results for a user. IN this Web App I am helping build, the global search bar, when searched, can lists results ...
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Suggestions for UI for Delicate Question w/ Several Options?

I’m a longtime (20+ years) UI/UX designer and full stack developer, but I’m running into a wall with the UI for a specific field, concerning a delicate question that can be approached and handled in ...
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What's the maximum number of individuals registered to one UK postcode?

We were designing a feature for a system, in which a postcode search would return not the addresses within one postcode, but a list of individuals registered at that postcode. In order for the UX ...
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Automatic redirect on search terms that have a defined endpoint?

Gathering search terms from analytics is a great way to identify holes or gaps in your UX - in my particular case, there are some things that I have control over, and somethings I don't - for example, ...
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How to display misspelled words on search results?

Since 1996 Jakob Nielsen annually publishes a list of "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design". The top mistake in the latest list is Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In 2005 Bad Search was listed ...
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Should I change how a list is displayed based on number of options?

In a web application I work on, I have been asked to change an existing 'Owner' field from being free-form to accept only predefined values from a list. Sometimes that list can be manually configured ...
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Is it odd to display search results in a modal window?

We're trying to avoid adding another page in the hierarchy. (basically a results page with a Back button). A few things.... displaying the results on the same page as the search input field isn't an ...
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Filtering: Additive or subtractive model?

A lot of sites use an additive filtration system while there is also subtractive now is used. A difference in an interaction method: Additive First of all you need to choose a set of the options ...
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Displaying and/or searching across thousands of contacts?

The Need Our application has a chat feature that allows our users to chat with other users within their database. However, we're adding a feature that allows clients to share data between multiple ...
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Two search bars on the same page or combination?

The main use of my site is video browsing. There is a search bar in the nav to search for videos. My site also has a photo section. I need to add search functionality on the photo section. I'm torn ...
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Default images in search result

Should search results with missing images use a placeholder, or fallback to textual data available on boxed/grid view mode? I feel that using image instead of data when available makes result look ...
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Minimum length of characters for an autocomplete search input

I'm in the process of creating an a search input for restaurants with autocomplete. I was wondering if it would be best for me to require a minimum amount of characters before returning suggested ...
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Should a retail web-site always return the same items for identical searches made by different users?

We supply a large number of products for purchase through our web-site. There is a new initiative to apply a third-party AI product to hijack searches to return products based on both the search term ...
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How to display results from a search that searches across two entities

I am working on a lyrics site. The site is very much a work in progress. This is a re-write of the site. On the old site, Google Analytics informed me that 90% of my users were mobile users. So that ...
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Multiple search values and filters

I have a table full of content, and there are multiple values users can search the content, example: User ID, Bill ID, Name.. And there are also filters, example: date, status, type, value... I think ...
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scoped search and search results

I have been asked to come up with an interface for a website that stores information about certifications and companies who hold those certifications. From the search logs I know users mostly search ...
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Single search box for different types of searched criteria

I have a scenario where users can search for a particular hotel and add it to their private list. Up until now the search was performed on the hotel name, but now there is a request to also search ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in and ...
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Yahoo forbidden links

When I surf with my iPad or Mac, I find this message almost every day: This basically happens because Safari opens where you left, so I know the link is safe since it's a search I did at Yahoo ...
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"Did you mean" search results

Problem: This UI allows the user to add names of people (with matching User IDs). The problem is that, there has been many instances where users accidentally add people that already exist, resulting ...
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How to enhance bilingual - auto suggest search box?

Our users need to submit a form for submitting a request. Form is available in multiple languages. This form has text box ( the most important field, works as a auto suggest search box). We used to ...
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When forms should be intrusive

I used to think it was always my job to make forms and interfaces as unobtrusive as possible. More recently, I've realized it is sometimes necessary to slow the user down (within reason) especially ...
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How to implement this print button?

I have been asked to add a new print feature to a website. Current setup The page allows users to search for information Information is displayed in a table Each table row can be expanded to ...
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How should I deal with hierarchies on a filtered search?

I am trying to redesign this filter/search component. It allows the user to search for a filter and/or an attribute score(on here it is the Quality etc dropdown). They also specify if the score is ...
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Data table with no data rows - show, or hide and display alt content

In a web page I have a table with a header row that is visually distinct from the data rows in the table 'body'. In some application states there will be no rows to populate the table and the header ...
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The influence of ratings on search result ranking

Our product provides a search functionality. Search results are ordered by rank. We also provide the possibility to rate the different search results: a user can (optionally) give each result a ...
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How to improve search?

Jakob Nielsen have since 1996 published the article "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design", recently updated 2011. At the top of the list we find the mistake Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In ...
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Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
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Ideal number of items per row / Page results

The current layout of our grid view is 5 Items and the description text is cramped. I did a mock up of 4 items per row and it gave the description more room to breathe. Now my question is that if I ...
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How can I create a sense of discovery or serendipity at finding a product?

I have a large catalogue of products which users can filter using a combination of attributes to find products that meet their needs. It's as efficient as you'd expect from any ecommerce store, so ...
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