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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Placement of delete button on form

I have a form which edits a flight, and it should be possible to delete them. I have considered putting a delete button in the index page, which lists all the flights, but the table rows are clickable ...
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Can I reformat personal names obtained from a single form field?

I have been reading this excellent question and its answers, about collecting names from people in forms. The best answer (the accepted one anyway) seems to be to follow the W3C's advice on ...
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Can we expect users to close popovers by just clicking away?

We use popovers quite a lot and, when you click away from them, they close. Do you think it's reasonable to expect that the majority of web users will know how to close it this way instead of adding a ...
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Linking a Navigation menu item to external URL

3 of 7 links on my navigation menu are external links to others websites (same company but other services/not the same domain). Those websites are not the core of the business. Linking a navigation ...
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Do top, or left aligned field labels perform better at form completion?

I have designed these two forms and would like to know which would be more effective at conversion i.e form filling up. Here's the first one which I feel is more effective reason being the separate ...
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Should users be directed to a 404 page or a landing page?

We have two pages. One is a landing page, given by the route /region. The other is a detail page for a particular region, given by the route /region/summary/{id}. The landing page is the normal way by ...
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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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Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
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Percentage of users who edit the URL of the site they're on?

The company I work for rents out vacation properties, with an alphanumeric ID for each property. Such as http://www.example-domain.tld/abc123456 There are SEO recommendations for using a slug / ...
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What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?

What is the best and most usable format to capture address information from a universal user base? I was thinking to have the system detect the country by IP address and have that selected by default, ...
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Forgotten Passwords - is there a real benefit to asking for memorable password hints on signup?

On several signup forms I see fields such as "Choose your Memorable Password Question". Is this actually benifical nowadays? Surely a more secure method if someone forgets their password is to build a ...
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Why do messaging apps color the user's messages brighter than the people they message?

You would think that the messages you receive are the primary focus of a messaging app, since you spend most of your time reading them. However, many big messaging clients like iMessage and Facebook ...
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Multiple Nested Views in Profile: Enterprise Business Application

I'm modernizing an enterprise level business application that currently does not have a graphical user interface, it's a CHUI. The application has a customer profile screen with a persistent profile ...
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Integrity of “expand all” when user can expand/collapse children independently

Consider an application that displays a table (of arbitrary length) where the table is comprised of a header that includes an "expand-all/collapse-all" button, and each row in the table includes a ...
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Why would one limit username format?

Many websites when ask you to create a new "username", will limit you in some way, most often like "username should only contain letters and underscores" or something alike. This results in inability ...
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Studies showing the impact of response time variability on user experience

Have there been any studies, or results, focusing on the impact of variability in latency of response times on the overall user experience? I'm aware of the research on the "generally accepted" ...
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Why is a manual transmission so complicated? [closed]

While driving I noticed that the gearbox is complicated for a first time users. I find it hard to tell which gear my car is in while driving. Is there a reason for this design, and is there a better ...
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Does a loading animation on a websites initial load improve usability?

I'm working on a site where I am being asked to implement a loading animation on page loads. Essentially, the site will display a loading animation as soon as possible, which will go away once all of ...
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How many social buttons?

There are millions of social networks out there. Of the top popular ones, like Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc., Q: How many, in numbers, should be put up at all? UPDATE: Organization ...
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Search field with or without a button?

I can see two broad patterns as far as the design of the search field is concerned. One like we see on Google has a button that the user can hit to initiate Search. (They could also hit enter to do so)...
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Why does Gmail hide email options under a '+' sign?

Why does Gmail website hide options like "links", "smileys" etc. under a '+' sign when there is clearly enough room along the footer? Am I missing something, or is google really pushing google+? ...
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Select as title vs. Tabs

I'm trying to decide between using a custom css select as a title versus using tabs on a page I'm working on. The select version is a bit cleaner and it takes up less vertical space, but I'm afraid ...
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Using mixed radio and checkbox buttons - is there any efficiency or usability gain in the design?

I have noticed that many online forms and surveys these days are starting to use a mixture of radio and checkbox buttons for the same question, that is, for a question that gives the person a number ...
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Is there any logic when arrows are used before or when after the content

Just wondering if there is any logic defined to use a certain arrow position (left|right or front|back or before|after or whatever ...) in a navigation item or if it's merely a matter of choice and ...
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Why does the mouse cursor switch direction over line numbers in programming IDEs?

When you mouse over line numbers in IDEs, such as Visual Studio or Notepad++, the mouse cursor is flipped horizontally. I can't think of a reason this would be a ubiquitous user interface decision. ...
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Modal or new Page?

I have 7 products. The site has a lot of content(text) pages. At the bottom of each content page I want to list my products as thumbnails. Version A: Click on a thumbnail opens a modal with the ...
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Alternative to a columns of checkboxes in a table

Here's the scenario: A Person has a bunch of Accounts. Accounts may (or may not) have Services attached to it depending on the type of Account. Currently there are two types of Service (indicated by ...
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Best placement for a “Go Back” button: top or bottom?

I know that it is bad practice to use a "Go Back" button (since the browser has such a function) but when it can't be avoided for some reason, is it better to put it on top (similar to how the back ...
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How to align prices in columns when both 2 digit and 4 digit variations of a price exist?

I am trying to display data similar to coinmarketcap with prices for coins, some above 1$ in which case they are rounded to 2 zeroes, some below 1$ in which case they have 4 digits following the ...
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Positioning of live chat window on webpage

Where is the best place for a live chat window on a webpage, so it doesn’t hinder the user’s navigation?
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Can I make double-clicking on a table row to open a details view intuitive?

We have tables with data where double clicking a row switches the table with corresponding row details. Currently a user can select a row and click a button to view details as well. Is there a way to ...
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Change negative checkbox labels to positive?

I know that the ideal state would be to use positive connotation for checkbox labels as in [✔️] do this rather than [✔️] don't do this The system I am working on has many checkboxes in many ...
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Fixed/floating button on mobile app

We're developing a new mobile app for premium users. It is basically a content reading app. The content will be updated periodically; we have 3 fixed "topics". These topics are going to be updated ...
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Paging and Bookmarking

Lets say I have blog and I keep on adding Posts. So on day 1 it will show 5 posts on page 1 and someone bookmarks it. Next day I add 10 more post and someone opens the bookmark. They see completely ...
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Why do showers have “hot” and “cold” knobs rather than “temperature” and “quantity” knobs?

I do not understand the advantage of the popular "hot" and "cold" controls in showers, as opposed to "temperature" and "quantity" controls. Is it simply because the latter option is harder to ...
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How can we visually improve the nested rule/predicate builder?

This has been discussed a bit here: Building logical criteria (with AND , OR, etc) - but we felt the examples left a lot to be desired. Apple (with their hidden nested rules/predicate builder) in ...
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Should a dropdown list be closed when mouse leaves?

Should a dropdown list be automatically closed when you leave current object and navigate to another, or should it remain opened until you open next dropdown list? Dropdown closed when mouse leaves ...
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Design Patterns for Discoverability

What are some tried and true design patterns for discoverability in UI/UX, where information or a feature isn't necessarily overt at first glance, but is discoverable by using the interface through ...
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Why don’t we remove door handles and let doors open both ways (inwards, outwards)?

In browsing the site today, I came across a question about doors somewhat related to something I’ve been wondering for a LONG LONG time: Why don’t we remove all door handles and let doors open both ...
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Touchscreens in car consoles

Last week this video about a new interface for touchscreens in cars popped up and created a reasonable buzz, maybe you've seen it already. I just got to watching it and it got me thinking about the ...
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Personal information in messages

Is it good to add some personal information (name, username or other) in success or error messages?
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Usability Guidelines

I am supposed to evaluate a few websites to find out whether they comply with Jacob's Nielsen Heuristics... But I am having trouble understanding the heuristics. Can somebody please explain? These ...
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When do users understand that a wizard navigation bar is clickable?

In my web application, I use a wizard navigation bar like the one in the image: While getting feedback from a fellow designer, he asked me if the progress bar is clickable. In my mind, most wizard ...
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Certified Usability Professional? [closed]

I've searched the web for a Usability certification, which is widely accepted by practitioners, employers and customers without any luck. Either they are company specific, or a part of a association ...
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What color for error messages for a form with a red background?

I have a big website with some forms. There are four background-colours for the form components. One of them is pink/red. Here the image and the error message: I can't change the form background-...
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Is taking the CUA (certified Usability analyst) certification worth it? [closed]

I see a lot of people taking this certification nowadays and I wonder if its actually worth it and how is it received by the industry and does it really help in bringing you up to speed with UX and ...
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Why is the “Record” icon always round and usually red?

I've been wondering why the symbol for 'record' is universally (AFAIK - has anyone seen exceptions?) a circle and usually red. Cameras, VCRs, voice recorders, smartphones, web apps... I've seen cases ...
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Design pattern or best practices for top notification bars?

The top notification bar on SE pops up to show messages like 'badge x earned'. What are the best practices for this type of UI? Specific details: On showing - Displace content downward (like on SE) ...
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Any data available on using Skeuomorphic Design in apps?

I've recently come across an article about Skeuomorphism that peaked my curiosity. Skeuomorphism: ..."an element of design or structure that serves little or no purpose in the artifact fashioned ...
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Why are aluminium soda cans typically round instead of square?

Why are beverage cans usually round? Considering the amount that are made, and the need to be transported - isn't a round design inefficient? (ie the lost space from not tightly fitting together). ...