Questions tagged [usability]

The extent to which a product can be used by specified users to achieve specified goals with effectiveness, efficiency, and satisfaction in a specified context of use.

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Can a page rating with feedback be more effective than a longer usability survey for identifying problem areas?

Our government website has thousands of informational pages, many online self-service task flows and 20+ content editors / stakeholder groups. In the past, periodic usability surveys have been ...
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Is it necessary to tell users that Usability was improved?

I'm about to release a polished version of a multiple-window gui-application I wrote years ago. I improved usability a lot (it was BAD!), with which i mean stuff like: fixing tiny errors in alignment ...
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Looking to create a good user interface to ask 4 questions to users in the best possible way?

I am trying to create a good UI for the main page of my website. I need to ask 4 questions to users in easiest possible way- Query terms - e.g toyota Corola Category (optional) - e.g. Cars Location (...
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Software product page that references multiple download locations consolidate into one button or provide separate buttons

With Software needing to be made available in many kinds of stores or download locations. When developing a product page, which offers a better user experience for obtaining the software product: 1. ...
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How to make navigation bar clear?

I have a website titled 'Ibiza Party People'. I've made 3 buttons like: Ibiza(About us page)-Party(Photography page)-People (Blog page). This is a screenshot of how the menu looks like: I have ...
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changing text on user mouseover

Is it recommended to have a text change on a mouseover action? For example: Title: Coupons Mouseover title: Manage your Coupons. I am thinking it should be enough to have only an underline effect ...
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A method to display error validation in forms with severe space constraints

I am familiar with common form error validation techniques. However I would like to find a nice way to handle error messages in an interface with little room to spare. I'd like to show: Flag the ...
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What are some best practices for displaying lists of items having many attributes, but no natural identifier?

I have a database of full of items with nondescript names like "X0001", "X0002", etc. where each item has ~30 features which are usually strings of ~10 characters, but could be ranges or 50 characters....
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The order of two tables presented side by side

In my desktop application, there are two tables presented to the user side by side. Each table displays a list of people. One table displays all the people already assigned to a role (let's call it ...
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How often do users overlook controls that are revealed by hovering?

Techniques that reveal controls on hover (as used by apps like twitter) have been suggested as a way to simplify an interface and focus attention on content. However I wonder how many people fail to ...
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What's the best solution to show the average results of a review?

I have a reviewing system that I've designed which uses three possibilities to review (using emotional icons) Works really nice, but I have also to publish the average of the reviews. I was ...
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Is there any difference in element minimal sizes on 10 and 24 inch touch screens?

I am developing an application which is supposed to be used on a 24" touch monitor. There are lots of guides on physical sizes of a touch screen UI elements. All of them are saying that every button/...
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Nielsen's Model of Usability vs Eason's Model of Usability: Which is more relevant and the most widely used? [closed]

I'm working for my final project. In the analysis, i have to choose one model to be used as a reference implementation. So, which is more relevant to be implemented, Nielsen's Model of Usability or ...
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Usability of linking to target ID on page refresh

One of our partners is building an application I designed and tested in Axure. I had inferred some AJAX interactions with changing and adding some content to a page, but the developers have built this ...
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What is best practice for UX surveys of a mobile application?

I developed an Android application and I want to make a survey/questionaire about the usability, user interface, user experience etc. of my application to get some feedback from users. But I don't ...
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Usability Testing: Can we test a website 1 language (ex.: english) but get feedbacks and ask questions in another (ex.: spanish)?

Can we receive good feedback from bilingual people if we test a prototype in one language but do the usability study in another?
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Details and Pricing Change Based on Location

I'm working on a site for a home builder who operates a number of franchises throughout the U.S. Because of local zoning laws, etc., a single floor plan will have a different price and be built to ...
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Interface for linking multiple email addresses and addresses to an account

In a web application I am building, I need to allow users to link multiple email addresses and addresses to their account. The requirements are: Users can add and remove email addresses and ...
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Two actions in a single row : iPhone

I need some suggestions about a single row with multiple actions. I need to give two actions for single row, refer the attached image: Details Like History about access for the contact Is this ...
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dynamic form design

I have a multistep form setup in my rails app.. In one of my steps the user can enter a friends name, birthday, gender, and the persons interests. They can enter as many friends as they like (each ...
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hide vs disable and redistribute empty space

I have complex UI form dialog with ~12 tabs and want to decide what is best: enable/disable (gray out) fields - classic convention hide/show if not necessary - could be confusing + jumping GUI hide ...
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What should be done when user leaves a web page either by clicking the browser back button, closes tab or F5?

I noticed in SharePoint 2010 publishing pages that the page content is being saved if user clicks the browser back button or closes browser tab without warning him if he needs to save content or not? ...
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Search based on multiple fields - usability

We have a search scenario where the user should be able to do a search based on four inputs, three being 'optional' text inputs and the fourth one being a select box We came with below three ...
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In a grouped list - moving items nicely from one group to another

I have a web app. On one of the screens I have a grouped list similar to the iPhone address book for example : Imagine I can tap on Steve Becker and his name changes to Steve Acker. His item will ...
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Descriptive text concerning availability of actions in current context, good or bad?

The image below shows the action panel of a table holding a range of items. Whether an action is available or not depends on the properties of the item(s) that are currently selected, E.g. if the user ...
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Android's Action Bar visiblity

I need advice regarding Android's action bar usage. Do you think an action bar should always: a) remain visible on all screens of an application (except when the user choose to view for example a ...
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Using tags for access control

We are building a web-based application which contains a bunch of images and documents, and there is a requirement to be able to restrict what images/documents a particular user can see. (It's your ...
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An icon to represent all icons [closed]

I would like to know if there is a universal approved Icon to represent all Icons. I have a folder that contains all of my custom designed icons. I would like to design and create a custom Icon, to ...
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Web Usability versus Web User Experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is UX the same as Usability? What is the difference between web usability and Web user experience and their connection to each other
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Can user experience be mutually exclusive for two groups of users?

Is it possible for an item to have good usability and a positive user experience for one core group of users and, by virtue of that design, make the experience worse for another core group of users? ...
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how to provide a good user experience for drilldown/click on a grid to external divs

My interface has a table (a nice, sortable table with 3 or 4 columns), which represents the summary of some data. Each row represents an important piece of data. At the moment if users click on a row ...
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Identifying multiple sort criteria

I have a table view with some data and I'm allowing users to sort on multiple columns. I wonder what are the options for indicating sorting precedence? The obvious is to display a number right ...
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Layout of multi-purpose status update box

I'm building a status update box similar to the one found on Facebook and Google+. Mine will allow for multiple types of posts such as status updates, code snippets, images, projects and applications. ...
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Intuitive AND/OR condition for query builder

Use case: User wants to find employees from a list based on some criteria. To simplify things let's say it is spoken language attribute only. Case 1: user wants to find person speaking multilingual - ...
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Does having different functionality for the same button on different screen cause a usability issue?

Within two different screens of a product I'm designing I would like to use an icon for a secondary action. In both screens using an icon with an X in it seems the most logical choice, although the ...
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How should I visualize the frequency of events?

I have a series of events during the day. If I group them in hours I might have something like this: 20 events from 10:00:00 to 10:59:59 30 events from 11:00:00 to 11:59:59 10 events from 12:00:00 ...
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Usability - Testing Windows applications under different settings

I'm testing a Windows application for usability. While I thought the application looked pretty usable at first, I tried the application using the "Large text" setting in Windows 7 and realised that ...
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How to display a countdown timer?

I'm making a Pomodoro Timer to apply the Pomodoro Technique to my work. I need to display a countdown timer (count 25 minutes). Within 25 minutes I need to focus on my current task and try my best to ...
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jQuery AutoSuggest or Dropdown for Data Input

We are working on an improvement to a project that requires users to enter their state, city, and street to get a result back based off what they entered. The current model asks users to freeform type ...
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Optimal Number of Categories for Users to Choose from in a Dropdown [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Optimum number of choices for menus/navigation If on a site, a user needs to put their post into a particular category before they submit, how many choices is too many? What ...
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When are “hidden” usability improvements helpful vs. confusing/frustrating?

I just read an article about some bonus keys on the iPad's split keyboard. Obviously this seems like a great idea to prevent a usability issue from even happening. It seems like this could backfire ...
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What are some examples of well-designed website tutorial/help systems? [closed]

Background My company is starting to do some long overdue work on our online help/tutorial system, and the goal is to make it more lively, integrated, and interactive. We have a large database of ...
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Home page with two types of profile signup

I'm working on a site where it offers online service for two types of users ("service providers" and "service seekers"). Users are required to signup with the type of profile they belong to. We are in ...
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Evaluating Usability of existing tools (to see which fits our context) [closed]

I've been working on a project over the past few months to choose a new help desk tool for our company. After narrowing down our choices to just a few, we now at a stage at which we'd like to assess ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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Globalization Patterns for Dates Without Year

In my application, there is a field that represents the end of the accounting year for an entity. This "date" is the same every year, so what we currently present to the user is field with a month ...
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Getting input for a one-to-many relationship

I have a flight logging application with a profile section that allows users to enter personal information about themselves and additionally add any certificates they own (recreational- and private ...
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Are homepage slideshows actually effective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are carousels effective? Something I have been wondering for quite a while now. Why is it that so many websites use slideshows on their homepage? My gut feeling tells me ...
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Standards for HTML access keys

Wanted to see if anyone has done some research on standard HTML access key. I have notices after doing some research many sites including Apple have incorporated the accesskey="s" on its search box. I ...
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Show mapped input in form

As a part of a form I got one field where users input an id. This id maps to a name. I want to show this name in the form since spotting a typo in a id sequence of numbers is harder than recognising a ...