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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 Was this determined by a (likely outdated) technical ...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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What is considered best practice for using color in website text?

I'm in charge of a website that looks more or less like this: It needs some work, but I'm mostly worried about defending one aspect of the design: keeping the text black or at least grayscale. My ...
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Dropdown/ Combo box Lengthy text management

I would like to know how to show lengthy text in dropdown list. Each list item are more of a 2-3 line lengthy. Any suggestions will be appreciated. On hover tool tip is right way for dropdown list?
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Mobile: Apply text field focus with keyboard or not?

I'm interested in the drawbacks when applying auto focus with keyboard on text fields. I'm redesigning an application where the user have to enter PIN etc. Normally the user have to enter maximum ...
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Which text delivers clearer message to users

we are going to provide an in-app purchase item, so that user can unlock every blocked features in the app. However, this doesn't include removing ads-free. In order to ensure users really understand ...
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Icon only vs. text and icon

Im working on a project now but I'm not sure if an icon alone is accessible (AA) or if it needs to be accompanied by text? Which would meet the WCAG AA standards?
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How to represent a translated formula in an accessible and visually clear way?

I'm working on porting a website copy from old system to new. One item of content has me flummoxed as to what to do with it. It is a mathematical formula, written in english. However, it is saved as ...
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Allow multiple actions for each word of a text

I'm searching for a way to have a quick method of applying two different actions to each word within a text. I currently try do design a UI to help myself learn new vocabulary by reading texts. For ...
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How to explain ID card format in text?

In an iOS app I have a identity card field. I want to show users the format. What the most appropriate/clear to describe the following regex: [XYZ]{1}[0-9]{7}[TRWAGMYFPDXBNJZSQVHLCKET]{1} Currently ...
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What is the best way to align a paragraph beside an image?

The webpage has small paragraphs (5-6 lines) with images on the right of each paragraph. The text in paragraph is left aligned. The paragraph is not always as big as the height of the image that is on ...
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“Replace Image” or “Swap Image,” which is better to use?

My coworker and I are wondering which is more appropriate to use: replace image or swap image. I'm rooting for replace, which I think sounds more professional. However, my coworker makes a very good ...
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What is the best way to show additional information on a single word in a block of text & how should the user know about it?

If I have, say, a long paragraph of text and there are certain words that I want the user to be able to tap to reveal a lot of extra information but within the same page, how do I do it ? ...
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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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Blue text - link?

Quick question! Is it OK to use blue text color if the text is not a link? Example: Would you assume that the blue text is a clickable link?
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Is there a standard fake company, product, brand, etc. to use in example text?

I need to build something like Please enter a company and product you would like to study. E.g. you can enter "Apple" and "iPhone." But I don't want to implicitly promote any company or product ...
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Can we use “&” symbol instead of “and” in the main menu navigation items of a web application?

I have menu items like "Logs and Statistics" and I thought we could mention it as "Logs & Statistics". What is the recommended way?
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How should text blocks be labelled?

Given the three below text blocks, how should I label the first one "Continent", the second "Country", and the third "City"? The three text blocks are meant to be read as one continuous narrative in ...
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When is it OK to use text as an image?

I'm having a bit of a struggle explaining why we should not use text as an image on a new website build. The design team would like to add a quote pulled from the main content but in order to style ...
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When a text field should have Clear button?

I'm talking about little cross appearing inside text field after typing a text, espessially for search fields in desktop interfaces. But any considerations about general text fields on any platforms ...
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Using “prompts” on iOS Navigation Bars

SOME CONTEXT In iOS, there is a standard text "prompt" element that can be added to a top NavigationBar like this: I have released an app which has a list of car models that the user can select. If ...
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Avoiding offensive language in publishing App

I am working on a mobile app that allows the users create long videos picking up small clips. Then the user selects a title for the video and it is published in different networks (Facebook, Youtube, ...
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Append truncated text with “Read more” or “Show more” (or other?)

Let's say I've got a block of text on a page that I want to truncate to save 'real estate' on the page. I'll crop the copy (not mid word if I can help it) and add an ellipsis (...) and a hyperlink. ...
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Is it better to convert ALL CAPS messages to Title Case for user-submitted content?

I recently added this "elderly filter" for our customer reviews at work. It detects if the review was (mostly) written with caps lock on, it should change it the review to title case. I noticed we ...