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Time is a dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future.

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Confirming up to date data in a long running tab before pressing submit

This is for a refund screen where the user reviews the fees taken off the refund. The fees are calculated depending on how much time until the event. 0% for 14 days ahead, 50% for 7 days ahead and so ...
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How much does bounce rate vary according to page load speed?

When a user loads a page by clicking on a link or image they may stay and read the content or they may "bounce" (leave). Presuming fewer people stick around the longer the page takes to load,...
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What is the best route to select a time?

Firstly, apologies if this has been asked, I did a search and couldn't see anything so here goes. I have 2 routes I have identified to select an appointment slot to book in with a health practitioner. ...
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Task Completion Time

I am trying to measure the average time that it takes users to complete certain task in my web app. My objective is to come up with a metric based on the time that it takes to complete each task and ...
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Duration field that accepts a number of weeks and days

I have a duration field that looks like this. The user can set a time in HH:mm However, in some cases the user might have to set a duration in weeks/days. This is the current design I have: The ...
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How to disambiguate printed clock times from printed duration times?

I'm working on an app that allows users to construct timelines (kind of like events in calendars). But the timeline/sequence is independent of any specific datetime to execute, so all of the times in ...
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For displaying of audit logs, is it better to show date and time on separate lines?

I have to design a page with a table for an audit log, and one of the columns is the Timestamp. I am torn on how to handle this however, and I find examples of both on the web. A) Without line break ...
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When to remind with "Remind me later"?

What are some things I should consider and think about that will help me figure out when we should remind the user of something? For context: Our mobile app is basically a wine collecting app. When ...
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Is it a good practice to include created and last modified for technical articles?

As a software developer, I often read technical documentation. I might be biased due to the high usage of Stack Overflow and internal tools like Confluence which are full of timestamps (almost any ...
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How to let users know that updates are not real time

I'm working on a food ordering mobile website. After ordering the meal, the preparation progress screen that aims to give users a rough estimate on what time their meal will be ready. Due to technical ...
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Overtime + 2 other aspects data visualization

What kind of data visualization can show 3 aspects of the data including time (the others are the number of conversions and revenue)? For example, I thought about bubble chart where size is one aspect ...
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User expectations when measuring durations (relative time periods) around Daylight Savings Time (DST) transitions

My app will show a duration between two points in time. Durations can be short (e.g. 2 hours) or long (e.g. 3 weeks). I'd like to show the exact duration in friendly, human-readable terms, e.g. "3 ...
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How long should notification be stored in a system

Hye, I'm designing a management tool for admin and an app for user they managed. I'm not sure of how long should the notification be stored before expiry? In the app, I suggest to use a 30-day ...
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whats the reason for having time slots in 30 minute intervals? [closed]

What are the usability benefits of having 30-minute intervals for time slots when let's say, booking an appointment? I can only think that it is because it is easier to remember but what about if a ...
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Should a server-backed app show time according to the device’s clock or the server’s clock?

The current time can be different across different computers. For example, a user may adjust the clock on their mobile device or personal computer whereas server clocks are generally always synced ...
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Own design feels awesome, dull over time

I was working on a mobile app design, at the beginning when designing app it looks awesome, but over time it became dull without changing anything significant (same colors, same fonts, same dimensions)...
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Removing AM/PM from a timestamp since the user "should know that already"

I am not a native english speaker, so therefore I reach out to you with this question. We have a case where a user "does something" in our application at a given time. The next day, the user will ...
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How to handle multiple data attributes with inconsistent timestamps

Building a dashboard that pulls large amount of network information from various data sources, each with different timestamps. Example attribute A is realtime, attribute B is updated 10 mins ago, ...
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How to format input for accurate time?

A user needs to input an accurate elapsed time measurement, to a mobile device (web browser), just like a sports time, after recording the time on a separate stopwatch, like this one. We need the ...
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How to display hourly averaged time data on a line chart?

Assume that I have data collected every minute. If I want to display that data on a line chart with data averaged to every hour. Is it assumed that a label on the horizontal axis is the measurement ...
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How to display Timestamps which are unambiguous?

Problem: I need to name log files in such a way that the file name is unambiguous to humans. My initial solution was to go from largest to smallest unit with zero padding each unit... ...
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Standard to let user select duration for hours and minutes

I'm working on an app and I need to find a solution that lets users select a time duration for hours and minutes. (Example Form: "How long will you need to archive this?" Selection by user: 2 hours | ...
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Conventions for formatting elapsed time?

I've got an elapsed time (to millisecond precision), and I'd like to format it for human consumption. For example: 500ms = 500ms 1500ms = 1.5s 90000ms = 1m30s (or 90s?) 2790000ms = 46m30s ...etc. ...
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Setting a time interval for an automatic message

I have a form where a user needs to set how often and at what time a certain report is send from the system. The report is created and sent automatically. In the current system the form looks like ...
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Date-time data entry in local time for daylight savings time "turn back" transition period

I have an application in which users can enter tabular data such as: start | value ------------------- | ----- 12:30:00 27/10/2019 | 0 01:30:00 27/10/2019 | 1 02:30:00 27/10/2019 | 2 ...
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Simplify an interface for flexibly applying rules to periods of time

We have a module in an application where users define time periods for different criteria that will be used later to filter some lists. By default each criterion applies any time. Its validity can be ...
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How to display week numbers on a chart's axis

I have time series data visualized on a line chart and want to format the x-axis accordingly. I wonder what format to choose in English if the data is aggregated by week. In German I would use "...
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Using 24 hours format on an English-speaking website

I'm currently developing a dashboard for monitoring some objects that my corporation designs and manipulates. Those objects come with a date and time, that I translate from a cron table. In standard ...
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What is the best input control for setting the duration of time spanning minutes and hours?

I'm designing some interfaces for forms that will be used on a desktop webapp and I want to make it as easy as possible for users to input the data that is required of them. The input control that I'...
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Is there a standard way to title (describe) individual time zones in an interface for non-technical users? [duplicate]

This comes up over and over and seems like one of the things that every design should have a standard response to. In the case of non-technical users (regular people, not programmers or anybody that ...
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Should U+2236 RATIO be used as a time separator instead of U+003A COLON?

In a recent entry of Raymond Chen’s blog “The Old New Thing”, he explains how the time format was changed in Windows 8 to use the Unicode character ∶ (U+2236 RATIO) instead of : (U+003A COLON): old: ...
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How to best display number of hours

What would be a better solution when displaying the number of hours required for some task? For example: 1 hours and 30 minutes, in a short way. 1,5h - as 1 and half hour 1,3h - as 1 hour and 30 ...
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Representing an action which occurred on a previous/next day

We are creating a UI for a timeclock system, showing workers clock-ins & clock-outs which make up their "shifts". Something we didn't take into account was worker's shifts can take place over ...
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Designing interactions and UI for synchronous action with long processing time [duplicate]

I have a synchronous process that is trigger by a user action and the process can take more than 10 minutes. While it's being processed, the previous UI that user triggered from and the previous data ...
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How to show an approximate location along a route on a map?

A pin on a map is a very precise thing, that is the impression it gives. To show that a location is approximate, we can put a circle around it since the error range is in 2D, and that is easily ...
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Unit to display for 00:00 minute:second format [duplicate]

What would be a way of making clear the distinction between 00:00 min:sec format and 00:00 hour:min format? Due to spacing constraints (driven by specific client specs regarding font sizes; this is an ...
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Best way to enter time in an optional 12 hr format?

What's the best way for entering time in a 12-hour format? It's easier to select from a radio button AM / PM but since this field is optional, what if they decided not to fill it out, they cannot ...
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Representation of Timer in "Deal Expires in MM SS"

UI cards in my application expire after 3 days of creation. I indicate this in a badge as shown in the image. The different states of the element are:- The live countdown timer starts once it ...
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Time ScheduleField, Best practice

No code, but I looking for best practice, things to consider. I am doing an i18n scheduling app. I have a depart time (tA) and arrival time(tB). Often tB will be the next day. I want to display the ...
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How to display huge sum of hours

I have a table which sums up worked hours for each project. When the ammount of hours is huge, has still sense use hh:mm format, or decimal format could be more clear? Reading, for example 7650:30, ...
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How to express period from one moment in time to another?

I must to inform my user that he has a reservation from one moment in time to another (with different dates and hours). What is the best way to express it? I was thinking about: you have an ...
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Indicate no time limit

I am displaying a To Do list that has time limits involved. However an item doesn't have to have a due date/time. Users are finding my current UI confusing, as they believe a blank time limit, means "...
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'Human-readable' time short formats conventions?

I’m trying to show a so-called human-readable time format, but not sure about the best way to display short versions of minutes vs months. You have: 1 second ago → 1s 1 minute ago → 1m 1 day ago → ...
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Why "posted a minute ago" instead of time?

I just ran into a frustrating problem in Safari on my MacBook, where I was trying to find the time I'd loaded a web page yesterday. But it doesn't give you the times, instead it lists them with ...
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How should users type in a formatted time or duration field? (Data entry into duration field)

I would like our users to type in a time field for a grid column filter. The time field will be formatted in a hours and minutes format like HH:MM or HHH:MM. My question is how should we allow users ...
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Selecting multiple hour ranges per day on mobile device

Business requirements: Our company provides services. A service has a start time and a duration. Customers can book a service only when one of our employees is available, thus our employees must have ...
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Is there any research showing whether relative or absolute times are easier for humans to read?

I would like to know about the time format which is used by Facebook - relative times such as "2 hours ago", rather than absolute times such as "13:35". Is there any research about which time format ...
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How to refer to time duration on charts

The chart below has a total duration of one week, and the data was grouped by a one day duration to come up with each of the bars. What should the total duration (1 week) and group by duration (1 day)...
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Looking for a form component to select a period of time

I'm currently working on a very long form (can't be shortened) which I'm trying to make a bit more playful and easy to fill. There are a lot of radio buttons, which is ok in terms of usability, but a ...
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In what order should chat messages be shown?

This is a deeper question than this question. When a chat message is sent in a decentralized system, there are multiple events happening in a row. If a message is sent through a routing server, such ...
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