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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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). ...
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Display an overdue task on task list

I currently have a task list (displayed below) that I want to convey a way to represent that it is overdue. I don't want to add too many icons such as warnings etc, so I figured the best way may be to ...
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Like/Dislike display order

I am researching and designing a new online community platform where developers can share their knowledge by writing articles with tutorials, tips & tricks etc. I want to have a rating system so ...
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Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?

I am working on an iPad app. It's in the medical field and the app will be sold for $99, which is kind of expensive! The client and the developer want to force the user to give his/her email address ...
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Why aren't Gmail-like “on-page” dialogs more popular UI solutions?

A few months ago, Gmail gave us the choice to switch to a new UI, with many new features (...) including an "on-page-docked" window. I personally find this piece of UI very useful as it allows users ...
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What is this menu with multiple levels called and should I use it?

What is the above menu called? This menu is similar to one that appears on bookmarks for Google Chrome. What are the pros and cons of using this pattern? I'm planning to use this pattern in the ...
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Is there a more effective way to convince users to sign up with their social media accounts?

The current design for a sign-up page of mine is split into 2 sections - Sign up using your social media account on the left and a sign-up form with 5 inputs on the right. We ran a quick user test and ...
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Show not implemented functionalities to tease the user

I'm working in a startup and we're building a web based application. Not all our features have been implemented yet but we want a way to tell the user that they'll be there one day. Our current ...
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Is it ok to require certain users to have JavaScript enabled?

I am a firm believer sites should work perfectly fine for people who choose to disable Javascript while browsing any and all of the content. However, when it comes to higher-level interaction (such ...
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Like vs “Did you find this review helpful?”

For a site like IMDB in which users write reviews, is it preferable to allow users "Like" a review( e.g. goodreads.com) or answer "y/n" to the question "Did you find this review helpful?"?
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Colours that represent beginner, intermediate and expert

Are there any guiding principles around what colours might represent beginner, intermediate and expert users in a forum site? At first I was thinking green (beginner), orange (intermediate) and red (...
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Is it acceptable practice to use checkboxes as radio buttons?

Can someone point me in the direction to articles regarding checkboxes and radio buttons? I'm in a discussion with an Art Director and he is convinced it makes more sense to use checkboxes because ...
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What is better than top-posting and bottom-posting?

Chat programs usually put the most recent information or message below others (bottom posting). Forums and feeds put the most recent information above others (top posting). Is any one better than the ...
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TreeTable as a flexible condition/filter editor

I face the task to create condition/filter editor every time I need to develop a data/request/event processing system. As usual, there is no universal one and only solution. Google shows a lot of ...
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Amount of Time To Determine a User Has Stopped Typing

I have a filter form for a list. One of the fields is a text search field. When a user types in the field, I wait until the user has stopped typing for a half second (500 milliseconds), and then ...
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How to cluster map markers with different statuses

We're designing an application that displays a large number of markers on a map. We need to do some clustering on these markers, but the problem is that each marker has four possible options for ...
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Accessibility and CAPTCHAs

I want to include a CAPTCHA in my web application, but I also want to make sure that my web application is accessible to individuals with impairments or disabilities. How should I go about doing that?...
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Is it wrong to have your primary actions in red?

We're using red as the colour for primary Actions. This can be in the form of a button. In terms of usability, what are the downsides. Are there any upsides at all? An example for using red coloured ...
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Best approach for huge data tables (currently using scrolls)

Experts, I need help in assessing the best approach for huge tables (lets say 500 rows), we want something that is intuitive, visibly appealing and gives more focus to table data. Most pages will ...
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Checkboxes - Is better to check exceptions or to uncheck exceptions?

I have a grid of ~20 checkboxes which users can utilize to select features. Typically, user might have ~15 features selected ~5 unselected for a co configuration. Deselection of features which a user ...
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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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Indeterminate Progress Indicator Styles

When you have an operation that has too many factors to reliably give an estimate of actual progress towards task completion, you'll often find an indeterminate busy/progress indicator. Through the ...
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Does the content of the HTML5 placeholder attribute affect usability?

When using the placeholder attribute in HTML5 has there been any research into how the content of the placeholder affects the usability of the form? I'm thinking specifically about using the ...
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How to layout form navigation for best usability?

Is there any usability study about layout of form buttons? I have a simple registration process. The user is guided with several forms through the process. Each form has a <next> and a <back&...
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Permissions and Roles

I'm attempting to implement an interface for managing user roles. Each role can be allowed access to specific modules. Within those modules the user is also allowed access to specific activities. I'...
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What are good questions to ask when interviewing intranet users for persona development? [duplicate]

I'm part of an external team hired to improve a software engineering company's intranet. I have been tasked with developing a usable set of personas out of a pool of around 300 employees. The ...
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What are the design guidelines to make interfaces friendly to dyslexics?

I've come across this question on Quora where it's likely to be forgotten. Unlike other disabilities that are often considered in design, dyslexia has many forms. As a result, the guidelines can't be ...
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Will a Paste button increase usability?

There comes cases where it's quite obvious that users are most likely to copy and paste a value into a given text-box. One of those cases is a URL fields. This made me thinking of adding a paste ...
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Security question: What questions do you ask?

Working on a save quote feature for our new website, one of the security requirements is to ask a secret question and obtain a value from the user. Does anyone have suggestions on the type of ...
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How to mark an input field with text longer than its width?

Given a form with many input fields, some have long text which exceeds the input field width. I wish to mark those input fields in some way which indicates they have more text than is visible. I have ...
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Sliders and Accessibility: Usability of sliders for users with disabilities

I was wondering if the use of sliders would make it harder for people with disabilities to select values. How hard is it to drag and drop for them? How easy is it for them to see values changing while ...
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Default filtering behavior: Everything displayed or everything hidden?

We have a selection field on our website. And today we had a discussion at the office about our filter options when the user is facing the filter options for the first time. Option A No filters are ...
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On mobile phones why is the green (call) button at the left and red (hang) button at the right side?

Some old mobile phones have switched position of green/red buttons. Currently the green button is at the left and red button is at the right side on mobile phones. Why? That is rationale? Which ...
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How do you decide when a website or application is “usable enough”?

I did see the related question How do you know when an interface is complete - Though the answers in this question are very interesting,they are more from a product management perspective of what to ...
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How important is it to eliminate clicks?

Does anyone know of research that shows users rate applications as more responsive or easier to use when paths within the application require fewer clicks? Is it more important to eliminate ...
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Whether to use “Click Here” in Links for non techincal users

The hyper links containing the word "Click Here" is against the principles of Usability as the whole focus shifts towards the mouse and further it does not guide the users about the information of ...
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How can I get hold of customers and users for research and usability testing when the business is protective or needs approval each time?

One of the things I find most difficult is while we (designers and devs) are working in an iterative agile environment, getting a hold on users and customers and trying to meet them in regular basis ...
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How to help users navigate a very long list on mobile

I recently came across SXSW's native apps on iPhone and Android. Both apps revolve around the conference's schedule. On the home-screen of both apps, you get the day's schedule, which is actually a v-...
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Date of birth input… best approach? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time? Whats the best way to display DOB form fields? Entering your date of birth into a form should be straight forward, but ...
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Measuring/Quantifying Usability & User Experience

This morning i was looking online for articles that could lead me to a method that can be used to measure/quantify usability & user experience. The method i was interested in finding more ...
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Methodology difference between UX and Usability

What methodologies do user experience professionals adopt that differentiate them from usability professionals.
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What UX metrics can I get from a web application?

I think of Google Analytics as a tool that I can incorporate in my web application to get more information about my UI and UX in general. This is in addition to user testing and other tools, but I'm ...
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Why are USB ports in laptops so close to each other?

A few months ago I wanted a new laptop, so I ordered it from a big brand considering its solid features (like Intel Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM etc.). The laptop is perfect and runs well, but it ...
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Should email verification links expire?

It's a common practice for websites to send email verification links on sign up. Should these verification links expire? I know about a bunch of website where they do and I wonder why?
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Is ReCaptcha a poor anti-spam mechanism?

As everyone knows, any website that allows users to submit content to be posted without moderation are subject to all kinds of spam. One of the most popular methods of combatting this is using ...
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Is it better to represent simple labeled information as table or just text with subheadings?

I'm redesigning a website that has some simple information presented as a table like this: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups I read yet the again the Label ...
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automatically calculate contrast

A user can change the default design of his site by selecting a color. This color is applied to the menu background color. The problem is that I have to change the menu text color depending on the ...
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Is it better to hide upcoming core features or display coming soon text?

When you have an app with features that do not exist or are not production ready yet, is it ok to include the action element (example: a button) that will display a coming soon dialog or page when ...
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Should html links with images have both title and alt attributes?

I understand it is generally a best quality practice to have title tags for hyperlinks and alt tags for images. This is good for several reasons: additional information for low bandwidth users, ...
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Split button pattern - evidence on usability?

I had a discussion with a colleague about whether or not to use split buttons, such as this one from Powerpoint: (Dis)advantages Advantages: Allows you to group related actions, and helps to keep ...