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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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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

I have a table in my application that shows dates along its x-axis, and different statuses along its y-axis. The table keeps track of how much time an employee spent in a given work status (on duty, ...
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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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Form for inputting operating hours of a business

I am designing an interface where restaurants need to input their operating hours. I am thinking of using a slider control for timings for a single day, and then let the user choose days of the week ...
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How to avoid 12:00 AM midnight/noon confusion in a time input field?

I recently specified the wrong deadline for an assignment, for a "dropbox" in the D2L course management application. I was trying to choose 12:00 noon, and the time entry field showed 12:00 right ...
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How long should a temporary notification (toast) appear?

For our intranet application we have little notification messages (toasts) that indicate successful operations like "information saved," "logged out" etc. Most of them are not important enough to ...
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Implement gamification on Time reporting to minimize late reports?

A company is having trouble getting its employees to report time of their working hours. The time reporting is the source for invoicing the company's customers and it has to be done in time. To deal ...
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Analog Clock or Digital Clock to tell the time

I am designing a website where a clock has to be placed in the website to tell the time. I have to choose between an Analog Clock and a Digital Clock assuming both take up the same space on the ...
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Is the mental model of time advancing to the right in charts globally accepted?

Is it a common mental model, that in a chart visualizing a time dimension, the time is advancing to the right? I'm currently working with the Internation Business Communication Standards (IBCS). They ...
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How can I distract / entertain people in an app while waiting?

We should do whatever we can to make our apps and websites as fast as possible, but there are some times when there is nothing that we can do to speed up some process, and so our customers just have ...
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Why do alarm clocks not all come with 5/7 day alarms for the working week?

In all the advances in usability why do alarm clocks still wake us up on Saturday? Why not only Monday to Friday instead of being set every night? Do we have to rely on our mobile phone if we want ...
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Which is a more intuitive open hours and days schedule board?

Which of these 2 layouts is best to inform the user on these 3 points: Open today Open days Closed days
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Should a “loading” text or spinner stay a minimum time on screen?

In an app I'm building the user can click a button to load more content, which might take 1 second or up to X seconds (when X seconds passed I show a timeout error message). There is a "Loading" text (...
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which is more intuitive time picker?

I need to know which is more user-freindly. Option 1 Option 2 One gif shows changes in minutes affecting hour and in another gif, that does not happen. Please help me to figure out this.
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Best way to create a timespan GUI element?

I have to define a GUI Element that contains timespan with minutes, hours, days, weeks and months. Whats the best practice in this case? The following possibilities I considered: Are there any other ...
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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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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 (duration) entry in webapp - pros/cons of various designs

In designing a way to enter time durations in a website, there are various proposals below. What are the pros/cons from a UX standpoint for both mouse & touch uses. Yellow boxes show input ...
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Whats the best way to present a time duration to user?

We're trying to implement the most effective method of displaying duration it takes for user to complete a puzzle. Looking for simplicity and accuracy. I've added two examples that we've been working ...
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Why is adding a clock seen as a good UX addition in so many varying situations? [closed]

When was it decided that adding a clock was good UX for everything? Sitting here in my office, I can see a clock on my desktop, a clock on my iPod, a clock on my phone, and an actual clockwork clock ...
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Which time format to use in a flight booking?

I noticed that Virgin America uses a 12-hour time format, while Qatar Airways always uses a 24-hour time format. Virgin America: Qatar Airways: 1:00AM = 0100H 9:00PM = 2100H 12am = 0000H 12pm = ...
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How to display a timeline?

My question seems easy but I have to display a time line in a small area due to layout constraint. And I have to write some "actions" to do throughout the line (1 to 4 words). Sometimes I have two ...
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How should times be aligned in a column

I have a data grid of three columns of type [Time, Decimal, Decimal]. All records in the decimal columns have the same number of decimal places. I have right aligned these as they're numeric. But I ...
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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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2x Datepicker vs 1x Datepicker + Range select

I'm trying to figure out what would be the fastest and most convenient way to select a departure date and return date for a flight searching form. The standard for the travel industry is to have one ...
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Best way to present time durations in a list?

We have a list of items, with one of the attributes being a time duration. (Imagine users, and avg time between certain activities). Most of the time, this duration will be in the 0->120 second range....
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What original sources have research on how long it takes a visitor to decide whether to stay on the site?

I've seen many statistics referenced along the lines of: Visitors decide where to stay on or leave a website within [7, 2, 11, 0.8 seconds] of seeing it. Typically the statistic is used when ...
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Best practices for selecting time

I am building a web application that will allow users to create custom forms. There are numerous widgets that can be added to the form. One of them is the time picker. What is the best way to present ...
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12 hr vs 24 hr time

In developing a website for a USA audience, I'm led to believe that the 12 hr clock, with AM/PM indicators will be preferable over 24 hrs according to this Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Visualization of event occurrences over time

I have a short time range tstart – tend ( ≈ 90 seconds) and a list of points in time which represent events that occurred at that point. I'm looking for a concise visualization of these ...
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Should I display timezone if the user is not in the same location as the event?

In a number of the apps I design, the relative time from now is the preferred time reference. E.g. 'last updated 10 mins ago'. When it comes to events or broadcast from a location this becomes less ...
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Message Fade Timing

Sometimes one wishes to display a message for some time before removing it in some way (in my case fading). When implementing this idea, a problem arises: how long should the message remain fully ...
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What is an appropriate visual metaphor for time units?

My app displays time units, such as [minute, hour, day, month, year]. There will be no magnitude associated. They convey the information "About how long will this action take?" (Think TODO list) Is ...
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Time slot selection

I'm on a quest to find the most user friendly way to offer a time slot selection to make an appointment in a company's calendar/agenda. It doesn't really matter much interface-wise, but because it ...
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How long should a software update be postponed when the user says “later”?

I'm designing a simple application (an OS X Dashboard widget, in this case) which the user might use multiple times a day, or hardly ever. When it detects that a newer version is available, I intend ...
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How to handle daylight savings time when displaying logged data

If we have a system that measures and logs a users energy consumption, and then displays this data on an hourly basis, how should you display the anomalies that occur when shifting to/from daylight ...
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Form - time input

I saw a few posts about dates and what not. I was wondering what the best solution would be to get time. It needs to be an exact time and it would be nice to support both time formats. Should i just ...
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Is there a pattern for cycling or toggling through time periods?

I'm looking for a pattern for toggling between different periods of time. Currently I've prototyped an example which is a single button that, when tapped, will cycle through 3 time periods: by month, ...
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How to manage a priced app; in terms of timing and managing after license expiry?

I am developing a desktop app; and it is the first time I intend to publish it to the public for selling. I have two options for pricing, and two options for managing after license expiry. The two ...
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Time after midnight, user experience

"Let's meet Saturday night at 2 o' clock" is "incorrect" and could never happen (calendar wise) Midnight is the start of a new day. So anything after that is the next day (again, calendar wise) But ...
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Representing Chronological flow in a table

I have an application that tracks the housing history of program participants. The worker using this program will already have their current housing information inputted elsewhere. Normally, I would ...
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On adding fake delay, to, network delays

Consider an app, where there's a function (perhaps a button, or, when you hit return to send some text, for example). It results in a network connection, and there will be a small delay while the ...
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Best way to allow entry of shop open hours

I am looking for a control or a method such that I can allow the user to enter the working times of a shop for each weekday on a web page. For instance, the working time for Wednesday is: 06:00 AM ...
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Should message timestamps be the time the message was sent or the time the server recieved it?

I have a service where messages may be created (and put in a "send" queue) even when there's no connection to the server. When the messages are sent to the server after successfully connecting, should ...
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Relative dates/times- Rounding and how accurate?

I was reading this question about formatting relative dates and times, but there are still some issue that I felt have not been addressed yet. I would like to: Keep relative times to just 1 unit, ...
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User Interface for assigning times throughout the day

I am designing a roster where each staff member can be assigned to a particular task for any 15 minute block throughout the day. In practice, there are usually two or three primary tasks, as well as ...
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Clocks - AM vs PM indicators

If you were to build a clock and had to choose between indicating AM or PM, such as with a single LED indicator, which would you choose and why? I have seen commercial clocks using both approaches, ...
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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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Best way to denote duration of course on cards for hours and minutes

I am working on in house LMS. It displays a list of courses in a card view. Essentially it shows thumbnail of course Title of course Version of course Duration of course in hours Now as per a new ...
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Best way to display date and time in a table with massive amounts of data?

I have a table of massive amounts of data. Each table row is a time sensitive order that our users need to cover on a day to day basis. Order's appear from all around the country and we have orders ...
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How to enter time at DST changeover?

This is a clone of my stackoverflow question. I'm working on an app that will be used by the public services (ambulance). Since those people work around the clock, they will realistically need to ...