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Persistent textfield hint on input - Bad UX?

In my app users get suggestions for things they can put on their list of so called "self-affirmations", things that you read out to yourself to improve etc. Background: It's been scientifically ...
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Common reason to use italic font style in select places of GUI?

I am typically using it to indicate that specific portion of textual information is different or less important (auxilliary) than the rest: Order Rejected (No money left)
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What is the best way to display linked text?

I always was curious about the following question: What is the best UX way to present a text that act as information and also as a link (for example to more detailed information). I always ...
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If starting fresh, is a 140 character limit for tweets/status updates in general a good limit? [closed]

According to Why 140 characters and how to write more the limit on tweets was 140 because the SMS message limit is 160. They wanted tweets to be sent in one text (with space for username). However, ...
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Best way to align number columns in a table that has a text column after

It is a common knowledge that number column in a table should be right-aligned, whereas text column — left. In this example (taken from this article), you can see that there is a text column (...
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On a card UI with less than usual text, should I leave the card size as is, or make the card smaller?

I'm making a timeline with multiple card UI elements, and I'm curious as to what I should do with the card size (in particular height) when the subheader text is only a single line long as opposed to ...
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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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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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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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Best practice to change the text direction for Asian users?

I'm working on an iOS 8 note taking app that will be released in the US but also in Asian countries. For the latter I need to change the text direction from the default "left to right" to "right to ...
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What is the readability rationale for unspaced em dashes in sentences

An "em-dash" is what the experts call hyphens separating words in a sentence... as distinct from a hyphenated-word. English grammar rules apparently promote having no space surrounding these em-dashes ...
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How does it feel to type with Google Glass? [closed]

Does Google Glass come with any note-taking or text-based application? I'm quite curious about the possible ways of inputting text using the Glass, apart from speech-input, and how it actually feels. ...
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How to create text-shadow in Axure [closed]

My Goal Im using Axure for prototyping and I've created widgets which reflect my application UI. One thing I would like to achieve is the ability to add text-shadow onto certain elements, without ...
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Capitalized words in navigation for phone app

I read that capitalized text reduces reading speed, but does it apply to navigation text? For example, at the top of the app I would have 3 navigation elements: HOME BOOKMARK SETTINGS Will it ...
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Better suggestion for name “Closed Loop Automation”

I am adding a new feature that enables closed-loop-automation. This involves creating an object that has a trigger and an action. Whenever the trigger happens, the associated action will be taken. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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machine-readable and human-readable text representation of a recurring schedule

We're working on an "import from Excel" feature to speed up bulk data entry, especially when moving data from another B2B system into ours. Of the 20-ish fields we'll be importing, only one of them ...
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Card-based design for singular content

How can I create a card-based design for an Android app that displays questions, in a way that allows the user to focus on one question at a time—without making the cards or the screen look empty? ...
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Is video more effective than traditional text help?

Does anyone have experience with users' success or failure in using video or "task recording", as opposed to traditional textual help to complete their task or get more information? Additionally, ...
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Displaying text on camera feed

I am developing a iOS app, for which the main screen is used to scan a QR code. I want the camera to cover the screen, and at the same time display several text elements. My main strategy so far has ...
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Displaying two similar adjacent numerical values

I am adding functionality to incorporate E-Cigarettes into our EMR. Currently, a user may select from a variety of drop-down lists that allow them to choose the amount smoked, cartridge size, ...
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Where to put information about an app?

I am creating an Android application where users enter in their GPA, SAT, and ACT scores and select majors that they are interested in. The output shows a list of colleges in descending order of how ...
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How to handle lots of legal text (40k words) on a webpage (also mobile)

I want to redesign the guideline (rulebook) page of my sport association. The problem is that its a legal document which contains a lot of text (around 41.000 words) with a lot of (sub)headlines and ...
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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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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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How to display adequate info without looking “busy”

So I'm making a section of a web page for an "event management" system. The system works as follows: The Organizer Email field is an autocomplete. You start typing an email and it performs an AJAX ...
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How many characters to show before truncate a review on mobile device?

Working on Customers reviews in mobile app. Does anybody know how to determine the best amount of text to show before truncating? or whether to not truncate at all? Here are some statistics from "big ...
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Is blue text, or blue background better for maintaining alertness?

Recent studies on blue light increasing alertness lead to the questions... For online research, which is mostly scanning for relevant text, is black text on a blue background better? For intensely ...
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Any non finicky way to show extra rollover info on an iphone

I'm converting a really long survey from a web app to a mobile app. It's 250 questions long so I've divided it into logical sections to split it up a bit. The idea is a user is presented with a ...
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“Device in use” phrasing

I'm making an android app, in it there's a settings section regarding notifications. There's a category of settings that apply only when the device is currently being used, and the category is labeled ...
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Guidelines on using hyphenation in interactive design

It's a well established recommendation for publications containing masses of continuous text to use hyphenation. Are there any ideas or guidelines on how hyphenation should be (not) used on ...
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How to show link affordance on text/passages on mobile?

I'm building a mobile app with clickable text passages from a book. How can I indicate that the text can be clicked? The app kind of looks like this image below (minus the blue text). In my app, ...
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Multiple ways to provide similar functionality in a text editor

I am working on a text editor (web app) which will provide powerful, customizable functionality, but in a minimal (requirement) appearance. One of the functions is: "create new snippet". I want this ...
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How to best align numbers and text in one column?

I am struggling with small redesign of our app's screens. I have a few labels + values (one under the other) which contain numerical and text data. Another complication is that some of those numeric ...
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Best way to divvy up screen space in pictorial article mobile app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that gives users access to image-heavy articles. We want to showcase the images--they're like the bread and butter of the app, so we're opting for a kind of scrolling ...
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Easy way to let every-day users embed images, videos, audio files, etc. inside text?

I need to let users embed videos, images, audio files, etc. inside text. For right now, these videos will come from urls, but they might one day point to videos/images/audio files stored on the server ...
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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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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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How should I capitalize and format references to UI field entries?

Several sources recommend capitalizing and formatting references to UI element labels just as they appear in the UI. My question is how should I capitalize categorical references to the information I ...
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Should special characters or punctuation be included in hyperlink text?

I researched this topic and there appears to be conflicting answers for this question. When hyperlinked text might include special characters/punctuation, is it proper to include these characters ...
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Best Practices with Text-based Summary for Dashboards

Developing a "tiled" dashboard for one of my clients, I am considering the employment of "text-based summary" in lieu of absolute figures. For those unfamiliar with a "tiled" dashboards, below is an ...
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Best reading width for reading content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideal column width for paragraphs online What are the most conventional type of width to read content, especially long content? Is there any studies ? For example ...
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How would you design for large volume of text for an iPad?

I'm designing a Quiz for an iPad for English teachers and the main problem is that teachers will input large chunks of texts from many of Shakespeare plays. I've attached pictures on how I dealt ...
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How do I make my buttons with text look awesome? [closed]

I'm doing the e-commerce part of a site that a design firm started. They used a Mac and made their buttons look oh-so-nice: Unfortunately I don't have a Mac, and the kind of buttons I've created ...
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Is it ever OK to use italics?

It’s a fairly well known accessibility issue that italic fonts should be avoided as they reduce readability for those with sight issues and dyslexia. (discussed here: Are italics on the web bad for ...
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alternative to 'menu' when placing text with a hamburger nav stack icon

Ive been trying to think through some alternative text to place next to a hamburger nav icon. I feel 'menu' sounds like a restaurant, although the only other thing i could think of was to use the ...