Questions tagged [selection]

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 the default behavior of a selection in text editor is self-destructive?

What I mean is the following standard behavior: If you select a text and then press any key, the text will be deleted and replaced with the character that you just entered. The only notable exception ...
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Fit buttons next to textbox on a widget

I'm designing a widget to select names, and move them to two different fields. The left list will display all available names. On the right we'll have two fields: a textbox and another list. User can ...
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Two panel multi select on mobile

I'm trying to develop a system where users can add financial symbols to activities, almost as you would tags to a blog post. The user should be able to easily add or remove symbols. They can add as ...
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Best way to give user two controls (expand and select) on a single object

We're working on an organizational tree visualization, for each node (circle) in the tree the user has two options - expand the node to see its children OR select the node In general, the primary (...
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A scalable solution to define user-group membership

I am trying to solve this design question for my class. The problem is simple - there are thousands of users and I have to design a UI that lets you associate them with a group. I found this ...
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Best way of selecting rows in a grid across pages?

Best way of selecting rows in a grid across pages? We have a data grid which spans multiple pages, which is core part of our web based application. Scenario 1: Checkboxes denote selection. Use Case ...
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What's the best UI to use to select between a before and after?

I am currently working on a web application that allows two or more people to collaborate on a legal document, where they can propose changes and either party will be given the option to choose ...
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Name for widget with side-by-side available/selected listboxes?

Two list-boxes, side by side, one with available items, the other with selected items, with arrows in between to move items back and forth.
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How to indicate selected item in table?

I have a table of related items. Let's call them orders. Users can select an item from the table and full details will be displayed in a separate section below the table. I move the currently selected ...
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Is the use of checkboxes discouraged in mobile UI?

See Google Material Design (http://www.google.com/design/spec/patterns/selection.html) where it is mentioned that "Using checkboxes (or custom analogs) to initiate selection is an explicit anti-...
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What's the best way to select multiple objects in a multi-touch workspace?

In iOS apps such as Keynote or GarageBand, the user selects multiple objects from the workspace by holding on the first item and then tapping others to toggle their selection state. What are some pros/...
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When to use a group of radio buttons and when to use a select drop down

I have a step in a wizard scenario. The user has a choice of 3 options before they can tap 'Next'. For those 3 options do I use a select drop down list or a group of 3 radio buttons?
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Best way to combine filtering and selecting items in a list

I'm building a web page to display a list of items. The list has three purposes: Display some very basic details about each item Provide a way of getting to more details, to view or edit them Provide ...
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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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Accordion Menu or Static Menu Options for Touch Screen optimization

I'm in the process of redesigning dialog menus for our application. The biggest reason is to make the application touch friendly. But these menus will be used in both touch and mouse environments. The ...
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How to display information too long for a select box

On a form I use a select box to display a list of tenancies. So that each tenancy can be identified I have to display the full name of the tenants (there can be up to 4 tenants) and the full address ...
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Why hover colors are often inverted

Recently I see more and more websites using color invertion as a hover visualization. For me it's really annoying as I usually start to read the first few words and than hover over the line to have a ...
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Multiple choice answers - how to show correct and incorrect answer

I have a multiple choice quiz, where the user is given feedback, I need to show - their choice and if they were correct or not. In this example the question was 'What is the capital of Germany'. I ...
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UI for multi-select with at-least-one requirement?

I have a field for which the user may select multiple responses, and is likely to be implemented as a drop-down with checkboxes. The user can select one, two, or many from the list of options. We're ...
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Should a dropdown have a value (or be visible) when the associated checkbox is unchecked?

We have users that can be assigned to different groups with an associated role on that group. For example, a user may be a "Contributor" on the "Human Resources" group, but an "Admin" on the "How To ...
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Default text for optional dropdown menu

My app has a dropdown for a "Reason." Most users will/should select a reason but they do not have to. We could have the default choice be Select a reason... to increase odds of people picking one. ...
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Mixed alignment (LTR and RTL) in language selection list?

Most answers to this question say that for instance Arabic text should be aligned right-to-left even if the rest of the page is in a left-to-right script such as English. So, I was surprised to see ...
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Choice Box or Tabs for multiple contents in a view [duplicate]

I am going to display a small view in my application that contains contents to be picked. The contents are sorted in an undetermined quantity of categories. Would it be preferred to sort them in ...
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helping user select html table for copy

This seems like it would be a common problem, but I couldn't find a discussion in a google search. Users often want to copy data out of html tables (off of web pages) so that they can paste the data ...
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Using accordion lists with radio buttons

I am designing a UI for a popup that would allow the user to share a post with one class at a time and select which class. They should also be able to drill into each class and select all or certain ...
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How should double-click (to select text) on a space being handled?

When you have a text sentence, you likely know that you can double-click on any word to select it. That is very convenient and I personally use it a lot. Background To have a little bit of ...
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What is a good UI pattern for selecting contiguous items from a list?

I'm making a (web) tool for editing a long complicated sequence of events, and I'd like to make it easy to: play a single event play a series of contiguous events (to see if all transitions work ...
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Looking up for an item in a list and different table styles in iOS

I have a settings view with a grouped table. One of the cells of such table is intended to show a very long list of items from where I want the user to select one. Due to the length of the list, I ...
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Bulk actions: what to do when not all items support an action [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bulk actions: what to do when not all items support an action Picture the following scenario: user selects a bunch of items, and the 'bulk actions' box appears; user selects ...
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Best way to let user select one of 100 values?

In our app we have a page that allows users to select an account type and there are 100 different ones. It's basically a word + number, something along the lines of the number of users you want to ...
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UI Drop Down Alternative(s)

I searched previous questions and mine doesn't exactly fit... I am working on a User Interface for a school course online application. The integral part of the application is choosing which term you ...
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What's the name of the pattern where you draw a rectangle to select items?

I'm implementing a UI where you can draw a box by clicking and dragging your mouse to select multiple items. Like selecting multiple files/folders: Does this pattern have a name?
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Assigning working hours on a duty roster

Here's a screenshot of the duty calendar in the system I'm working on (I've deleted all names here for privacy reasons). Each person can have a day of particular type (listed in the legend above: ...
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Select a 3D cube face that's behind another face, without rotating the cube

I'm working on a software program that handles many 3D objects. Imagine for now that all objects are cube shaped and 100% transparent, only the edges are visible. In the software program you can ...
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How make language option easy to find for people speaking another language than the one shown?

As suggested in another question I decided to show the language names in native language itself in the language selector on my page, instead of using country flags. The dropdown box shows the current ...
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Best ux design for year selection in music chart radio/video app

I have this website called billboard.fm where people can listen to the top 100 songs from each year and recently launched a responsive design at http://beta.billboard.fm that uses YouTube instead. I ...
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Selection of multiple items and then selected one as default

I'm trying to design a web interface in which users pick particular "items" and set one of them as default. The textbox for searching uses autocomplete to find the matching item. I've come up with the ...
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What's an alternative pattern for a dropdown with between 150 to 215 characters per option?

In my screen I have 3 sections, and on each section I have different elements to take input from the user. In one of the section I have a dropdown menu to select a predefined option. The options are ...
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User is allowed to select only one type of product - where to check?

In my web app the user is shown a list of products which can be marked and in a later step be combined. Only products of the same type can be combined. The question is, should the user be allowed to ...
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Numeric input, text fields, drop-downs : Is this too complex?

I'm redesigning an interface to control an exercise game. The interface is going to be something like this (and exists on a PC, not mobile). Right now, we've gathered that our users want to be able to ...
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Design patterns for hierarchical multiple selection

Given the hypothetical structure: Representing a group of items that can be classified as type A or B, and each subtype can be classified as type C or D, and within D can be classified type E or F. ...
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Clear selection in Android

When using standard Android apps (like Gmail) which have multiple items to select, a contextual action bar (CAB) comes up showing a checkmark (tick) and some other information (such as "3 selected"). ...
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Rely on user awareness by autoselecting or prompt the user to actively choose?

I came across a small dilemma in my development, namely whether as a designer I should rely on a user to actively review settings before submitting an action, thereby justifying having it pre-set, or ...
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Finding within a displayed set: winnow or focus?

We have a list of things in which there are exactly 4 or so categories of items. This list is fairly static, but slowly growing as new items get added. Think: a list of projects, or a mailbox, or ...
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What is the best way for a user to select an item by unique identifier?

My team and I are building a mobile app where the user will need to input a human-readable unique identifier (the serial number) of a single unit of inventory. Our system tracks the serial numbers ...
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What is the best method to show selected filters from very long lists?

I need to find a solution for displaying flagged items from a very long list. The following pics shows the filter panel of the iPad App. Users can select all the items or search for specific items ...
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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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capturing what kind of driver's license someone has

I have an application that needs to determine what kind of vehicle the user can operate. We decided that capturing their license type would be the best way to do this. However, every US state and ...
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Typeahead / Autocomplete graceful degradation

Consider the case when the user is asked to select one item from a fixed list. If the list contains more than a dozen items, an autocomplete / typeahead type widget has proven itself to be very user-...
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Menu with multiple checkable items

I'm a developer and that means that I cannot do UX. I would like some feedback on something I am trying to do, look at this: Now, this is a menu item with sub-items. I would like to be able to do 2 ...

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