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Semantics deal with language, its use and meaning.

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HTML5 placeholder attribute used to hold default even after value change?

I have a HTML form that is used to modify preexising values. Thus on load values are prepopulated and upon submission, a check is made so that a confirmation message could be shown upon change. We ...
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Distinguishing aria-live speech from UI accessible names

We just ran our first user test of an accessible UI prototype with blind and partially-sighted testers. In spite of my efforts to follow the various recommendations and WCAG specifications, there were ...
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What do you call tooltips that stay on hover?

I am trying to create a style guide and have two types of tooltips and am having a hard time finding a semantic naming for them. Type 1 - Stays if you hover over the tooltip, so that you can include ...
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How to display units of measurement as words

Due to some technical oddities, I'm unable to display 5'9". My first thought was to show 5 foot 9 inches but this feels far too long and requires a lot more reading then I'd like. Would the user ...
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Should anchors acting as buttons use the pointer cursor?

I've styled my webapp such that buttons use the default cursor, anchors use the pointer cursor (obviously), and buttons acting as anchors use the pointer cursor. Semantically, should an anchor ...
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Entity in application write in uppercase

I work on a big interface with many objects. A colleague thinks we should write the objects with the first letter in uppercase. Example with the entity car: This rule will remove all the Cars. ...
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Best practices for figurative, non semantic iconography

O'Reilly uses figurative illustrations that have no topical/semantic connection to the subject matter for their programming books: I'm assuming this is beneficial both for building their brand but ...
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UX Semantic Naming In Other Applications

I am a UI/UX designer. I am also an avid mountain biker. I am part of a trail building committee with a local group from my city. Having a technical background, I have been tasked in mapping out our ...
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How can we define the html layout as per UX? what is semantic html as per UX? [closed]

I am new to this UX, How it defines the user experience, how to implement user experience in HTML layout? What is semantic html in terms of UX view point. Does it help to improve my site accessibility ...
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How to talk about UX with using that label?

I’m in the process of developing educational material for use internally in my organization and I’d like to somehow counteract the overuse of this term. For most it’s a synonym for usability ...
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Proper Term for “Phone Type”

We have several forms which enable users to enter a phone number. Corresponding to the number, we have a "Phone Type" field which allows them to select work, mobile, home etc. Phone Type lacks ...
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Do these button appearances give mixed messages about what will happen if you click the buttons?

There's a current discussion on meta StackExchange about extending a change being trialled on the Android Enthusiasts site to other StackExchange sites. This would bring changes to the voting buttons, ...
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How should breadcrumbs be marked up? Are lists appropriate? [closed]

Trying to work out how best to mark up a breadcrumb area on my page and I'm not sure how I should contain it. In my mind there are three options: Option 1 - Just Links <nav> <a ...>...
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Should a website look presentable without StyleSheets?

I'm trying to super simplify all my forms, input fields etc. Using absolute minimum of HTML markup, and then use CSS to make it look good and well-formatted, with pseudo block elements and so on If ...
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Do all screens need headings?

Trying to understand a particular element of standards and best-practices. I'm tasked with designing a new dashboard for an internal system (note: SEO is not part of the equation; security ...
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Do screen readers for blind people require content to be put in `<li>` to be usable?

Expanding on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/26160748/are-people-overusing-the-li-element -- http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20-TECHS/H48.html says: The list structure (ul/ol) is also useful to group ...
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Can Tabs also serve as Page Titles?

I have a full page where there are several Tabs across the top. The content type is a data table in the example but could be anything. Question: Is there a need for an explicit Title if the Tab ...
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What's the difference between a tool and a resource?

You've seen this before. A website that somewhere in the nav (perhaps a utility nav) has the labels tools and resources. What do you expect to find behind each label? I feel that many sites use these ...
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What are users attitudes towards help buttons

I was wondering, given the wealth of awful help menus foisted on us by various services, whether actually describing the manual area of your application as 'help' was a good idea or not. Do users ...
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html element for exemplary content

What would be an appropriate html element to use for a block exemplary content in an article, which illustrates the more abstract rules described earlier? For semantic / accessibility reasons I want ...
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What is the difference between anti-patterns and dark patterns

Both are generally bad when they find their way into the user experience of a product and we are advised to know about them but avoid their application. Specifically what is the difference between ...
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Is it ok to use h1 and then h3 instead of h1 and then h2?

I am doing an accessibility review on a site but I have never done that before. I read the WCAG 2.0 document which said that the headings have to be in logical order. There is a page with h1s and ...
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What symbols should be used for YES and NO when the user can't read?

This is a non trivial problem, as demonstrated by this blog entry. There are problems with all the obvious options: Check and X : we're already using that as "correct" and "incorrect" Thumbs up/...
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Should human beings be referred to as people in design and development?

My question arises after been struck by a poster on the wall of Facebook's offices which stated 'People, not users'. User to me is not particularly good word for a human user, it is better as a ...
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Two common general terms on the same screen

I recently raised an issue with my team about having two input areas on the screen using two similar terms that might cause confusion to the user. On the screen there is a field to enter comments and ...
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Tags or hashtags?

I have a website at www.flickwit.com. I would like to introduce tags to allow users to search for content more specifically than channels. I have been wondering which option would be more acceptable ...
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What do you call non-retina displays?

With the introduction of high density pixel displays (Retina being the brand name Apple uses) what do we now call non-retina (low pixel density) displays? Legacy Displays Low Pixel Density Displays ...
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Why do we say we “browse” to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser? [closed]

Browsing the web is a common daily task for more than a billion users, and we do not pay much attention to it. We just “browse to a place” or ask our laughing friend across the table “where she is on ...
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Hyphenating URLs and email addresses that would overflow their container?

This is clearly bad UX and web development: It's important to make sure that email addresses and URLs don't overflow the container, but also that they are fully visible. But should the email address ...
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“Back to Top” alternate wording?

Seems that a "Back to Top" button is helpful and useful — especially for mobile sites. However, on websites that want to come across as "classy", it may sound a little primitive. Personally, I ...
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User experience and the trailing slash for directories in the URL?

From an SEO perspective, it may be negligible if you include a trailing slash for directories or not, as long as you set redirects to the chosen one (to avoid duplicate content) and link-build to the ...
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What makes sense to designers HiDPI, @2x, or Retina?

I'm designing a web application for web designers and I'm having some trouble with semantics. I'm trying to figure out whether the word "HiDPI", "@2x", or "Retina" best describes the secondary image a ...
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Should both bold and italics be allowed in electronic flashcards?

When people create electronic flashcards, is there a valid need for them to have markdown for both bold and italics? This is a question that I have been debating with some colleagues for a while now ...
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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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The meaning of 'between'

We have a UI which allows the user to specify criteria for the selection of customer records, and there's been some debate about the meaning of the term 'between'. For instance when the user seeks to ...
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Are there any resources about connotations related to visual elements from a cultural perspective?

I've been wondering about this for some time, are there any libraries or resources online that show what connotations are attached to any given design element from a cultural perspective? I am aware ...
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Should microformats be used over the <address> tag?

I have been working on a webpage that contains many mailing addresses contained in <address> tags. Currently I have been looking into using microformats to "enrich" the present addresses ...
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How do you create or select an icon for a feature?

How do you work out what icon type or image you need for a feature? There's been quite a lot of very small questions here in the form of "What is a good icon for feature X?". Instead we should be ...
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How to guide in removing something non critical

When a user wants to remove something we tend to protect them by: asking for a confirmation, yes | no giving them an option to undo This holds up for content that actually gets deleted. An email you ...
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Coding Best Practices as UX?

I've been stating in most of my recent contracts that meeting HTML coding Best Practices (what's outputted to the browser) is an important part of UX. This would include things like Semantics (using ...