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All questions involving the selection objects to be acted upon, including contiguous selection (e.g. strings of text), multiple selection (e.g. checkboxes), and single selection (e.g. radio buttons).

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Why should text be non-selectable?

I've seen some websites that make their text unselectable. And I believe that this can break up user experience, as "selectable text" is a well established ui pattern on web and computer in general. ...
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What should be the default option of a required dropdown list?

Given that there is no logically default animal from the list of animals below, what should be the "Default Value" below, according to best practice? <label for="animal">Animal (required):</...
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What is the expected timeframe of a double click?

In the web application, the user draws a polygonal area on a map each click setting a vertex. A double click allows the user to finish the area. Due to technical circumstances, I have to detect double ...
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Should a select all toggle button get activated when all toggles get manually selected?

I'm designing a feature where users can simply toggle to get notifications for each type of updates. There's an option that makes it easier to toggle all. My question is, if the user toggled all the ...
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How to highlight the selected option when there are only 2 elements

Let's say there are two button's with icons, for example a typical "Grid View" and "List View" buttons, and I don't want to use bevels to create a "pushed" effect. Let's say I'm doing it in a simple ...
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Is there a good way to communicate choose at least one?

I am wondering if there are any known good ways to concisely convey to users that they must must choose at least one option. Check boxes convey that the user can select 0 or more items. Radio buttons ...
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Should I use country flags in language selection fields?

My users can create content in different languages, and I need to provide an option to choose the language when they enter new content. Right now there are only 5 languages (en, fr, de, pt, es), and ...
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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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What are good UI patterns for selecting exactly two items from a list?

In a piece of desktop software, I have a around 20 items. These items should be shown in a list, which fits on the screen. The user should be able to select exactly two items in the list, then, a ...
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Best way to offer a large amount of selectable options (without using Javascript)?

I come from stackoverflow and have no answers for this one, so I turn to the UI guys for assistance. Let's say I have a library application that allows a user (librarian) to add a book to the ...
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Hierarchical multi-state tree check box selection

I'm searching for a good/alternative solution to handle multi-state selections in a check box tree. A normal check box tree is mostly doable, because it has three different states. It might not be ...
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Should radio buttons be pre-selected?

I am working on a re-design for a eCommerce site and they have a section where they offer a free gift card if the user makes a purchase over $1000. The idea of the gift card is to get users to ...
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how should the "select all" select when paginating elements

Suppose I have a list of 100+ pieces of data that I'm displaying in a table that's paginating 40 elements per page. Each row has a 'select' checkbox enabling the user to select/unselect an item. On ...
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Helping users understand that two, and only two options must be selected

I have a drop down checkbox where there are 8 items to check. Two are selected by default. I am trying to think of an intuitive way to let the user know they have to deselect the existing ones ...
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How do you indicate that an item is not selectable?

I have a table where a user needs to select a row before being able to proceed, however I also have a case where some values need to be displayed but are not selectable. How would you got about this? ...
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Intuitive colour pickers for non-expert users?

Does anyone have examples of favourite colour pickers (as UI elements, not dedicated color-picking apps or sites) for common, 'everyday' colours - not for RGB or HSL values? I find traditional colour ...
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Best way to find and select a country

I am trying to find the best way to do a region-to-country selection on a tablet. We came up with two ideas: Show a world map with regions. Once the user taps a region, zoom in and show countries ...
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What is the best way to show results of a multiple-choice quiz where multiple options may be right?

I'm designing a multiple-choice quiz interface where several options might be the right ones and the user has to check all of them in order to win. Once the user submits the answer, I want to display ...
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How to undo a 'select all' action

download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The convention for a 'Select All' checkbox is simple: if blank, click to select all. If ticked, click to de-select all. But what ...
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Slanted cursor+background for italic text?

In most applications that I'm familiar with, a text cursor in insertion mode is universally represented as a vertical blinking bar: As you can see, for some italic letters this creates visual ...
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Is Shift+Click for item selection a historical mistake?

I recently encountered a proof of concept demonstration which used the mouse to "drag and select" multiple items in a list. The current, widely accepted solution for multiple item selection is to ...
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What is the maximum recommended number of items to put in a drop down list?

I am introducing searchable drop down lists to filter grid data. The number of items in a list could range from anything like ten to a ten thousand. The larger the number of items, the more awkward ...
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Multi-selection dropdown list implementation best practice

Many websites do not use multi-selection dropdown lists anymore, and the reason often cited by UX practitioners is that this UI element does not 'test well' with users. An example of what I am ...
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Timezone selection best practices

I am looking for ways to design a UI where the user selects their timezone. I would like to avoid having a map as that can be slow people down on small screen devices. I currently have 2 options: ...
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Best way to prevent a user from selecting None/Others before reading all available options

I am making an insurance related form where only "none" is selected option in the list of occupation. What is the best way represent it so that user go through all options before selecting "None". I ...
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Making it clear which items in a long list are selected

I'm trying to design a portion of a web interface that allows users to tag items and view all items with a tag or set of tags on them - think gmail, if gmail allowed you to easily select multiple tags ...
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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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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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What is the most appropriate way to ask a user to select a few (10 for example) categories from a list of thousands to proceed with the app?

I am working on a mobile app which relies on the categories/themes of interest chosen by the user and show content accordingly. These categories are coming from another website and are similar to the ...
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Should a "Select all" checkbox become selected if all checkboxes are selected?

This is the scenario: "Select all" checkbox selects all checkboxes, and unselecting that checkbox unselects all checkboxes. If all checkboxes are selected individually, should the Select all become ...
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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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How can I prevent the user from deselecting all the checkboxes?

I need to have solution for selection/unselection of 3 items. By default all 3 are selected. The user may unselect up to two options, but cannot deselect all three ('none'). I used 3 checkboxes and ...
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Best practices for selecting time

I am building a web application that will allow users to create custom forms. There are numerous widgets that can be added to the form. One of them is the time picker. What is the best way to present ...
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What is the best control to use to select from a list of thousands of possible options?

I have a field which needs to be populated from a large list of items (many thousands). These items have unique numbers as identifiers, and there can be many thousands of them. (Similar to the way ...
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How to make the relationship between two related lists more obvious?

I've got two horizontal lists - one that contains Chinese characters (list A) and the second that contains the decomposition of the selected character (list B). Currently, when the user clicks on ...
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Should selected options be removed from single- and multi-select dropdown lists?

In our application we're working with dropdown lists that may contain many options (sometimes around 200). Usually, these lists allow the user to select multiple entries whereas in other places of our ...
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What is the best practice for checking a series of checkboxes?

I have a large table (some 100 rows) for setting user permissions. Each set of permissions has a set of 4 possible items, which in many cases will all be checked but not by default. For efficiency we ...
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Best wording of "blank" option for an optional select?

For <select> elements that require the user to select at least one option, basic wording for the "blank" option is fairly easy: "Select..." or something similar. However, for <select> ...
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Interact with small objects

The objects (the small squares) can be selected/deselected. The small objects are contained in the larger container box. There can be several container boxes rowed up on the x axis. I would ...
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Changing the language of a website

While travelling abroad, I often get pages on websites that are normally in English for me (e.g. images.google.com) served instead in whatever the local language is. The problem is that I can't read ...
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Centre-based radial selection

I have heard of a selection tool [probably] known as "radial selection". The user clicks somewhere ("the centre") and the selection area will be a circle whose radius is the distance between the ...
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Best practice UX - selecting item from couple of items

I'm working on a website. In one of my forms I need to select the form type (depending on the form type the rest of the fields will change their behavior, e.g. the disabled status and their ...
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Submit textbox input without button

The users have a table and in the last row they have 6 different text inputs, one per column. This inputs will define a variable in the Database. I am trying to think how can I do it to avoid ...
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How to make users choose at least one option in a list but allow additional selections

We know that radio button groups are used to limit user input to just one selection in a list of items, and that checkboxes are used to let users select from 0 to a set number of options from a list ...
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Is the option 'Select all' always needed by the users?

Right now I'm working on an interface for a web-based report application that manages logistic data of the companies registered by all the users of the website. The functionality is basically the ...
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Differentiate between exact date and date period (e.g., month vs. month of year)

I'm working on a web-based reporting system that allows users to create ad-hoc charts. The user selects the data to be analyzed (e.g., sales dollars, sales volume, number of employees, etc.) in ...
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Why is HideSelection the default on Windows?

I've always wondered why Windows controls have their HideSelection property set to true by default? Example (TreeView): http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us//library/system.windows.forms.treeview....
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How to make text selectable in master/detail table view?

We are designing a datatable view for scientistic users. They get this table after they input a bunch of filters and press search. The table is already quite big - 13 columns. However we know that ...
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Selecting items for different categories in a dropdown

I have a dropdown box that I can use to select a device in the following manner: When the user selects a device, they are taken to a Device Homepage. The device homepage contains information about ...
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Selecting Multiple USA States from List

I'm trying to figure out the best way to display a list of USA States where multiple items, or all, can be selected. Select Element The obvious UI element that exists for this sort of thing is the ...
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