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Do we “exit”, “quit” or "close" an application?

Do we “exit” an application, do we “quit” an application, do we “close” an application? This is in relation to a desktop app. What is the most meaningful term to use?
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Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users?

The Problem I love using Markdown to write questions, answers, posts, comments, etc. That being said, I am a very technical, detail-oriented, programmer type. However, I am working on a CMS of sorts ...
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Why is text justified in newspapers, but not on the web?

As per UX studies, which say you should not justify text on the web. In that case, then why do newspapers justify text? Dyslexic users read newspapers and magazines as well. What is the difference ...
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Is clockwise or counter-clockwise rotated text easier to read?

When rotating text with css, should it be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise? Is one more readable than the other? Counter Clockwise:     —    ...
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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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All capital titles: good or bad?

What is the recommended use for all capitals titles? For example: THIS IS A TITLE. The website http://camvine.com/ has all capital titles, e.g. MARKET SECTORS. Good, bad?
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What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?

Here's how Microsoft new Windows Azure portal elements look like: and that seems to be "Windows 8 style". Visual Studio 2012 also has plenty of user elements in ALL CAPS. For dozens of years ALL ...
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Is it bad practice to use "Lorem Ipsum" example text in a text-preferences screen?

I'm the developer of an application where text plays a major role in the user interface. Users can adjust the style of the text in a preference screen. I have added an example text to the preference ...
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What is the best practice for data table cell content alignment

We are currently working on a windows based application where users capture data. Some data is captured in a table where other data is captured in text blocks. Im currently faced with the dilemma of ...
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Is it a problem if <h4>, <h5> and <h6> are smaller than regular text?

On many websites and website templates, the font size of <h4> (sometimes) and <h5> and <h6> are often smaller than regular text, i.e., that of <p> with no additional classes. ...
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Should a full-sentence HTML link include the period in the linked text?

In HTML, if a full sentence is used for a link, should its terminal punctuation (i.e., period) be included in the linked text? Consider these two examples: <a href="about:blank">Watch the ...
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Is there a standard "to left justify text and right justify numeric values."

I'm being told by an experienced BA (> 25 years) that "Numeric numbers are usually totaled therefore should be right justified." And that text should always be left justified. I have never heard ...
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How to gently lock a form when user is still typing (after finished countdown)?

I’m creating a website where users practice writing short stories. One particular task is writing a story in less than 15 minutes (the stories will later be reviewed/rated by other users). The ...
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How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...
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Is there ever a requirement to allow text to be underlined when it's not a link or a header

We've built a custom CKEditor within one of the sites we've developed to allow users to add and edit the content on particular pages. However the editor by default comes with an Underline option and ...
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Usability of vertical text

I am playing with ideas for a menu that I want to add to some site designs and was wondering: How usable is vertical text in any portion of a site (specifically menus)? For example You can have ...
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Is left-aligned text generally preferable over centered text?

I am currently reviewing the usability of some internal reports. One thing which strikes me as odd is that all the text is centered. I always prefer left-aligned text. But apart from my personal ...
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Should all button text start with a verb?

I'm reading The Grammar of Interactivity on UXBooth and finds it quite interesting. However, the article quotes David Hamill who said (or wrote): Buttons are for actions, like “Get a quote,” “...
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Best way to handle long URLs

I have a list that contains long, in terms of character count, links and I am wondering if my solution is a good solution in terms of UX. My solution is that if the link is over 80 characters, then ...
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What is the best number of paragraph width for readability? [duplicate]

Since my current project has a lot of text/paragraph content, I consider about the readability of the website. I've seen and try to inspect any of sites that I feel have a good readability such as ...
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Color choice for maximum legibility of text on glass

In our office we have transparent glass doors and we want to put text stickers on them. For example, name of the person or room function. The question is what color should be stickers to provide ...
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What are some reference works for capitalization in UI text?

I'm currently in the process of updating the language files for a large web portal. Over time, a lot of inconsistencies have crept in, and so in different places you might see contrasting: Titles > ...
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Do we still need text scaling links on websites?

Links/buttons to adjust font size used to be one of the accessibility must-do's but do we still need to include the text scaling links on our sites? Most modern browsers and operating systems support ...
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Can text shadow enhance readability?

CSS font shadows are often used to help make text stand out (or in, or colorful, or many other fancy things.) I'm wondering if it can be used to aid readability. I know finding the right amount of ...
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When should hyperlink text be used?

Should text links always be text or are there cases when it makes more sense to simply link the URL? Examples A text link might look like this: Responsive Web Design Techniques, Tools and Design ...
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Why are software EULAs typically displayed in a tiny non-adjustable box with lots of scrolling?

From my experience whenever I have to install a piece of software I'm presented an end-user license agreement (EULA) in the following way: Specifically the EULA is a long text in legalese and I ...
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Which is more likely to be read and processed: (related) text placed above or below an image/video?

I'm thinking about layout on pages where the main asset is visual — for instance, a photo of an item from the collection on a museum website, or embedded video as on YouTube and many news sites. ...
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Why doesn't pasting (Ctrl-V or Command-V) default to unformatted text?

Like most people, I use copy and paste a lot in my day to day life, but I can't think of a single time that I have wanted to copy the formatting over with the content. Instead, I always seem to have ...
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Why do most dashboards use capital words?

Most car manufacturers seem to use ALL CAPS for the interiors's buttons and switches, at least when they are not using symbols. Example: They even use capitals for things that are not even controls, ...
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Relationship between font-size and width of container

Are there any studies done which tell us the relationship between the font size and the optimal width of the container they are in? For example, 12px font size is going to be too small in a container ...
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How can I convince others that text over background images is a bad idea?

I'm being pressured to build a feature that would make it easy for users to create web pages that feature large text over large images. Like this: I am of the strong opinion that this design pattern ...
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Should text on the web be justified?

Are there any studies on the use of justified text in web apps? How does justification affect screen legibility? Example of justified text:
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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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Can I optimize this command-line interface?

I am designing a command-line interface for users and administrators to interact with an online radio system. One of the administrator tasks is assigning songs and albums to various genres. This is ...
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Multiple choice forms with radio: Should the choices be arranged horizontally, vertically, or in a square?

My work involves designing the interface for quizzes taken by college students. When designing for quizzes, what would be the easiest arrangement to read for my users: horizontal, "square", or ...
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Choosing high contrast text color (in relation to background color) dynamically

My application has an area with some number of controls. Each control's background color expresses a state of some sort. The controls are also numbered via some text in their foreground. For ...
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Description and Value, which should be bold?

On a single detail page, which is better? Or should we not bold anything? (bold descriptions) Screen size: 960x480 Dimensions: 8mm x 102mm x 64mm Battery Life: 18hrs Capacity: 32gb Processor: 64bit ...
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Period, or no period, when a text message is displayed on screen

When a user interacts with a button on a website, and the buttons gives some confirmation text to let user know that the action has been performed successfully or unsuccessfully, should there be a ...
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Readability - what is the best way to display a stand alone date in an email?

I have an application that is sending an email to someone reminding them of an appointment. What is the best way to display such a stand-alone date? The reason I have such a question is because (as ...
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Is highlighting important words a good idea?

Is it a good idea to highlight the important words in a text on a web page? What impact does it have on the reader? Does it help to understand the text or does it disturb?
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Should the description of a picture be above it or below?

There are many places where we've to put an image one below the other and write their description in a line or so. Where should the description text be? above it or below? I know the best option is ...
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How do you convey that the minimum size of an input is X characters?

I have this Q&A site, where I want the title to be at least 20 characters and the body to be at least 200 characters. What is the best approach to convey these to the user without having them to ...
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What to use for "other" or "unknown" gender?

We're showing a pie graph that would show something like 53% male, 41% female and 7% unknown. The "unknown" category includes many reasons we can't tell: we don't know, we can't know for legal ...
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Why are product keys always uppercase?

As the title says, is there a specific reason for why products keys are (almost) always in uppercase? Does it serve a purpose? Here's what I mean by a product key: ABCD-1234-EFGH-5678-IJKL Why ...
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When should bold, italics, and colour be used to draw attention in a sentence?

Following is my signature on some other fora: Interested in Drawing, Painting, and Crafts? Please Commit to the Arts and Crafts Stackoverflow proposal! I cannot show it here but the words "...
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Modern approach to textarea (or alternatives)

For a simple text editor for longer articles I am looking for advice and inspiration on programming/designing a minimalistic and modern textarea (which does not necessarily have to use the tag) ...
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Is it ok to add content when the users selects and "copies" something on the page?

Some websites (using tools like tynt) have started to add something a little surprising at first : When the reader copies part of the article or blog post, something, say the url of the piece, is ...
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(How) does capitalization affect readability

TLDR In short, given the following two options: This is sentence case This is Title Case Has any research been done into which one is more user-friendly, especially considering dyslexia and other ...
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What's the ideal length of a paragraph

We all know what the ideal number of characters is for a line, however I haven't been able to find any guides on the number of lines that provide the best readability. I understand this is a bit ...
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How can I distinguish two different types of buttons, without using labels everywhere?

I'm developing an application to count traffic at intersections. There will be two different types of buttons: one to count trucks ("lkw" is the german abbreviation for a truck) one to count cars ("...
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