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Displaying percentage difference from zero

I need to display the difference in percentage from the old value with the new one. I got the formula and it's working except I don't know what I should display if one if the value is zero and the ...
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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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Is it better to place text above or below icons?

This UX.SE question discusses the use of text above vs. below images & videos, and in general the answers say to put text below images. I'm thinking that it must be different with icons, since ...
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How to choose the text on the submit button in forms?

REGISTER Username ----------------------- |_____________________| Password ----------------------- |_____________________| .------. | Submit | '------' When designing forms, do you customize the ...
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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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Preselect Text On Selection

I'm wondering if there is a rule of thumb for the scenario where a user selects a textbox that has content in it. Would it follow that all the text in it should always be selected to allow a user to ...
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Are there guidelines for when to use UPPERCASE, Capitalize Each Word, or Only the first letter?

We currently use UPPERCASE headers and titles quite a bit (probably too much) and are looking to adopt a consistent set of rules for when it makes sense to use... ALL UPPERCASE Capitalize the first ...
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How to layout an icon, text and number within limited space?

If I have limited space, typically narrow enough that I cannot just spell things normally like "4 Strength" or "Strength 4", as this shrinks the font to nearly unreadable. How can I layout an icon, ...
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Best way to select a typeface?

What process do you use to select a typeface? How do you determine which types are best for long passages of text, which are best for headlines, etc.?
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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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Collapsible content vs. static text for FAQ/Information page

I am designing a simple FAQ/information page. We already have one, which you can view here: http://merchantfuse.com/site/general EDIT Use this link for example As you can see we use collapsible ...
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Ideal Donate Button Text for Nonprofit Website

What would be the ideal text for a donate button? My client would like to use "Give" as the button text, but should I urge for "Donate", as I feel this is more of the convention.
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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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What name is this text effect known by?

upgrade your career today in the SO careers advertisement below the letters PS in the CS4 logo How do I tell people that this is what I am talking about. Is there a commonly used name for this text ...
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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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How to better name modal buttons “Cancel Request” (submit), “Cancel” (cancel)? [duplicate]

One modal-box asks the user wether they want to really cancel the request. Now there are two buttons (submit) and (cancel), but how to best name them? All other modals use text like "proceed" (submit) ...
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The Right way to Write

A slightly belated festive question! Why do we write on the right hand side of cards (and books)? In English and many other languages, we typically begin writing in the top left and move rightwards ...
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Best way to align text on a website?

Curious about text alignment on websites. For a blog, for example, is it better to have left-aligned or justified text? I like the look of justified text but I'm not sure if there's any downsides to ...
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Standard for entering latitude/longitude in text fields

Is there a standard for users to enter latitude and longitude into two text fields? Decimal degrees is probably easiest, as it can be entered in one single fell swoop. The standard for geocaching (...
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Context sensitive help for wordy user preferences

Current UI Here is a poorly designed panel on a preferences dialog for the open source audio editor 'Audacity'. I'd like to do something about it. How it got that way In the past the text beside ...
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Is “chars” a universally understandable abbreviation for “characters”?

I'm trying to limit instructional text in a form. Can I shorten "75 characters" to "75 chars" and have it be clear to a fairly inexperienced Web user?
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Why does ESPN subtly change the color of some of its article text?

This is something that's bugged me for years: I'll be reading a story on ESPN and notice that the first paragraph is dark gray, and the second paragraph is often black. I've even taken a screenshot ...
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Should i line wrap my emails?

When my coworkers send their emails, some would diligently line wrap the body text into lines that are at most, say 78 characters wide, others would use no line break in a paragraph, and the editing/...
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Combination of text and drag and drop search

I am designing a filter function for a software application (not a web site) which contains multiple input controllers. A text input is used in combination with a drop zone for files (for drag and ...
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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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Which one to use in printing: CW or CCW rotated vertical text?

What are your opinions, which of the following text are easier to read? CCW text in one row CW text in one row CCW text in two rows CW text in two rows And what if the writing is on a vertical flag? ...
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Why are news sites articles one big block of text instead of broken down with subheaders?

I have noticed something about sites like cnn, reuters, cbsnews etc. All of these have long blocks of text. They don't try to break it up with sub-headers even visually. http://blogs.reuters.com/...
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Aligning text data in a grid

I've been asked to look at one of our legacy applications from a usability perspective. On one screen, we have a situation where data is displayed in two columns (eg. Key: Value) where we've right-...
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Emails in plain text or HTML?

When communicating with customers, is it better to send emails in plain text or html formats? Each has different strengths and weaknesses, but the question of which is better still remains. Which ...
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Text around a circle

I'm working on a radial tree. There will be nodes on branches and leaves of each tree, with text next to it -- using this model on d3. Now, I realize that it is very neat that they managed to ...
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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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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 is the optimal vertical margin between paragraphs?

Here on ux.StackExchange they have gaps that are a bit smaller than one line height (~88%), but I’ve read a few times that 100% of the line height provides best readability because it continues the ...
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Are textured backgrounds accessible?

The following image is a design that is raising concern over accessibility, due to the presence of a light speckled background texture, and possibly the color contrast between text and background. I ...
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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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Reasoning for highlighting a sentence in the middle of an article

I noticed a trend in many news websites where a sentence from the article is duplicated and highlighted somewhere else on the page, for example: Personally, while I think it is visually pleasing as ...
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Should I use a single or double space after a period?

In a paragraph of multiple sentences, should there be one or two spaces after each sentence's period for readability? The paragraph is typed in Arial font. It is size 11 font. The monitor it is being ...
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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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Styling Labels for a Line-of-Business Web Application

I'm looking for some guidance on how labels should be styled for a data entry web application. My client feels that the labels detract from the user interface where I feel they provide necessary ...
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What are user friendly ways to display XML for reading & scanning

I'm looking for examples and advice for displaying XML in a user readable way. The user does not edit the xml, but is just looking for information inside of the xml. I'm designing an interface for ...
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Guidelines for Console UI (CLI)

I have to build a Console UI which will consist of a few main groups each consisting of nested labels and input fields. Are there any guidelines out there for making something like this easy to ...
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How should I format question-response sections in a document?

I work on proposals that need to be formatted in question-response sections. Currently, we use different colors to distinguish between questions and responses. However, members of my team want to make ...
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Where can I find research on readability of web sites?

I am looking specifically for text alignment (e.g. left vs. full justification) and what size/width text sections ideally have.
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Is Markdown fundamentally unfriendly for most users? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is Markdown Friendly Enough for Non-Technical Users? I'd love to know if using Markdown for a non-technical user base is fundamentally bad UX. Are there any studies that show ...
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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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What is the best way to trim long text?

I'm trying to create a product listing page that includes the description in the listings. However, the page is not uniform and is very long. I've tried several ways of trimming the text, but what is ...
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Could traditional print benefit from beeline reading?

(Not sure if this is the right exchange for this kind of question, so feel free to transfer it somewhere else.) I just recently rediscovered that I have the Beeline Reader extension installed in my ...
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When should i do an autocorrection?

I am using the levenshtein distance to recognize keywords despite typos, but i am wondering until which value the typo is still a typo or should be considered a different word. I am only comparing the ...
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How to calculate the best width of a text element

I am developing a visual editor where the nodes in the editor can contain text. The size of the text can vary, and can contain any character. Since it is important for me to minimize the size of the ...
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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 ...