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Can screen readers interpret Unicode styles fonts such as bold and italics?

I have seen serval social media channels using Unicode to make part of their text bold or italicised on websites such as Twitter, where this sort of thing is usually not possible. It crossed my mind ...
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Effect of fuzzy images/text on the user

My logic in my head is saying if a page contains fuzzy/pixelated images or text then this will put an element of distrust in the users head. This can occur from designers or developers using an image ...
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Football match score entry

My team are working on a 'predict the scores of the games' promotion for our business. We are debating how you enter the scores themselves, we have 2 solutions: A. A button either side of the number ...
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Multi language text area

I have a scenario in my application, where users have an option to view and edit a multi-language description of a given wine. For now, the solution is to have separate text areas for each language. ...
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How to display long and dry text's?

How would you display your users really long text's that are dry and they don't really want to read? Context: We have a relatively big website with a area for our paying customers. Since the laws in ...
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In “Please add more X and Y to continue”, should X and Y be alphabetical order?

Imagine I have an app, which has some limited functions unlocked by coins and bonus points. If the user doesn't have enough of either one, some error messages may appear: Please add more coins to ...
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Usage of drop caps in terms of UX

Short question What is the benefit of using a drop cap for the user, beside the decorative element? I really dislike them, but I don't have proof and only my opinion to discuss with. What is a drop ...
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How opaque should a secondary text be?

There is a debate between the UI and the UX staff about "How opaque should a secondary text be?" This is the example UI: The design is meant to be minimalist. We use only black & white, no ...
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Highlight text while not damaging user scan

I'm trying to understand what is the best approach to highlight text while keeping it scannable. As you can see from the illustration below, the text is already bold. I'm trying to understand what ...
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Stylle of text for scientific words in website

I'm helping design a website for a environmental conversationalists group. The website is intended to be accessible to a large audience, but does contain some scientific information (such as Latin ...
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Black text usage

I hear conflicting information on the usage of #000; for body copy vs a light gray. The latest is using black text is culturally a better option and more legible. Especially not knowing user monitor ...
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New text message requests

I've been asked to review a system where a user can request a new login by having an access code sent to a mobile. The business is wondering how many requests a user can have so that: costs paying ...
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How long should I wait before creating an undo command when I'm typing text?

I'm working on an undo chain in my project. I want to avoid undoing individual letters, but instead undo chunks of text. Therefore, I'm working with a debounce. Is there a standard waiting time or a ...
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What's the best practice to let a user know a highlighted word is clickable?

Here's a piece of text I have on my website: When the blue highlighted word is clicked, a dialog box opens to let the user change the information. I want to keep this design where the user has to ...
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Labels for general personal information. Essential or not?

Is it necessary to provide labels mentioned in the picture. I mean for user these are quite self-explanatory. Any suggestions?
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What can be done to optimize legibility for white text on black backgrounds? [closed]

The general consensus on legibility is that black text on a white background is superior to white text on a black background. (See: White text on black background) But there are some cases where ...
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Why is the command prompt text selection rectangular by default?

As a programmer who often finds himself in a command window, I've always wondered why many times the default text selection functionality is rectangular, and not line-by-line. Rectangular selection ...
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How to explain that a feature is only “partially” secure?

Background I'm working on a mobile app for an institution that has a sharing functionality for documents that may contain private information. The user can send a document that exists in the app by ...
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Is there an intuitive way to display weeks as text?

I am working on an application where a set of data is displayed, based on a specific week. The user selects this week from a drop down box, and one of my objectives is to format the way these week ...
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If everything is clickable, nothing is clickable - how to improve text links?

I am working on an app that shows quite a bit of textual information. None of it can be safely removed without losing the meaning (icons that you see improve scanning of the page, but still require ...
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Why are text articles on the web so thin? [duplicate]

I've recently noticed that articles on the web tend to be very thin with lots of whitespace to the left and right. Why is that? Two examples: http://99percentinvisible.org/article/underwater-cloud-...
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Contact/s or Contact(s)

My mobile app has a screen which shows Emergency contacts for that user. Contacts can be 1 or more than 1. What is correct standard or practice to show screen title - Contact/s OR Contact(s).
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Optimal Number of Bullet Points in Copy (Are odd numbers better than even numbers?)

When displaying bullet points in text or in a slide, is there an optimal number of bullet points? I remember some marketer telling me odd numbers 3 or 5 are better digested but can't find any ...
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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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How did Twitter choose their character limit? [duplicate]

Twitter posts are limited to 140 "characters", which turns out to mean code points in UTF8 (not the only or even most intuitive measure). Was this determined by a (likely outdated) technical ...
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Underlining non-link text for instructional content … valid?

I know that underlining non-link text is taboo because it confuses the user into thinking it's a link. I also know that similar questions have been asked but as I searched through them, none of them ...
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Exhibition Audio Guide Tour: Text should be present or not

So we are a group of students who are making an audio guide app for a museum exhibition (self-guided). We are thinking of designing the UI (roughly) like this: Now, this looks decent but some people ...
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Do we “open” or “launch” or “start”apps?

A counterpart to Do we “exit”, “quit” or "close" an application?... Imagine you're browsing a list of apps and there's a button next to each one that will run the application when ...
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Emphasis in plain text

How should we indicate emphasis in plain text, for example in a simple text area? Is it OK to use single quotation marks?
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Why do train departure boards use orange text on black background?

At train stations in the UK (and I also noticed in Italy) - the departure/arrival boards use orange text on a black background. However, at airports there appear to be a much wider variety of colour ...
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Should a text-only ad include bold font? [closed]

For designing a better ad, is it recommended to use bold font, different types of fonts, only one... Which one will be less dodged in a web site?
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Question about indentation on categorized list

wondered if I could get some help with this decision. I currently have a list that gets populated for the user automatically. Within the list, the items will be categorized two ways (again ...
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What's the difference between “account” and “profile”?

On many websites you have a settings section where you can view and edit your profile data. On others you can edit your account data. Some sites even have both. What is the difference between "...
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Is there any situation when text should be center aligned (horizontally) in an input?

I recently tried to use some animations in my design and I checked some nice examples as inspiration, like this: "Inspiration for Text Input Effects". Some of them had the text centered. I know it ...
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Too wide text for the screen?

I'm building a website. On desktop the maximum width is 1140px. My body font size is 16px. Both these feels correct. However, when I add text it's too wide to be optimal in readability. See image ...
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Text placed below or beside an image in web design?

I have noticed in many pictures of websites (theme demo pages) that generally text is below picture not beside. Is there any reason why many websites are using that kind of design? Examples of wp ...
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Showing little text in a big panel

Intro I want to show a list of 5 to 10 items, each about 5-15 words. The list has a significant role in the view, and the user must notice it and understand that it is very important. My page is ...
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How should I write keyboard chord within a sentance, in plain text

I would like to write out a keyboard shortcut in a sentence, in plain text. This could be in any font - monospaced, or not - but there is no text formatting (color, size, weight), dingbats, or ...
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Should TL;DR be bold or the sentence that accompanies it?

It is quite common on the internet (and commonly used on Stack Exchange also) to use a short sentence to resume a longer explanation. There are different ways to express this such as: Short answer ...
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Introduction on a header

I would like to know if it is or not a good practice to put the introduction paragraph of every page of my website on a header. The content of my page, will directly start on the header, which is a ...
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Text in UI readability vs. grammar – separate long words using hyphens

We are working on a web application (running as intranet site not as public website) for monitoring the state of a set of machines. The application must support several languages, of which one is ...
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Word suggestion - “empty” vs “blank”

Have a question as to what makes more sense... we have a "visual search" component which allows users to type in a category (column header) and then type in what they are looking for (e.g. First Name: ...
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Handling long text scenarios across multiple interaction patterns

I'm working on an analytics dashboard. Most of the data we get is pulled in from multiple sources/3rd party tools. Also, most of the data is user generated content so we don't have a control on what ...
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Translate “Choose your language” text or not?

In our website language selector, we have a text in English saying "Choose your language". Should that text be ALWAYS in english, or should it also be translated to the current and selected language? ...
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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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How to convince a client to use responsive typography

I am having trouble trying to explain to my client in a non techie language, on why he should follow responsive typography. Let me give a little bit of context: The project in question is for ...
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Using RSVP abbreviation as UI element

Our software deals with managing event attendance, so that manager can see how many people accepted/rejected/not responded to the invites. So the question is the "RSVP" abbreviation popular enough, ...
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Classified site with rich text body [closed]

I've started to implement this feature on the site I'm working on, and wanted to know if it's a good thing to do. Basically, just like any other site where you can post your ads, you have a field to ...
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Optimal heading visual weight to paragraph visual weight ratio

Is there any research about optimal heading visual weight to paragraph visual weight ratio? I have noticed myself that extra large and bold headings make me feel comfortable to skim a long text but ...
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When to use all upper case?

From my understanding: It had been thought all uppercase (e.g. THIS IS SCREAMING) was hard to read because of the way the eye works. It is now understood that all uppercase is hard to read just ...

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