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A web app(lication) uses technologies such as javascript, CSS, and HTML5 and is executed in a web browser.

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How to best present data that is incomplete?

The app uses data and images to create an interface. It will be a web or native app. Some of the data that is gathered is incomplete. Sometimes the data on the images are missed. The question is: How ...
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Which makes for a better UX: using copy that is short and simple or copy that is casual, yet possibly more wordy?

In the context of a web app, which makes for a better User Experience: using copy that states the facts as simply as possible or copy that speaks in casual language, yet could end up being more wordy? ...
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How do you choose which sharing buttons to offer on your web app? [closed]

Are many sharing buttons good on a web app? How about design for a online book reading app. What matters on choosing sharing tools? My feeling is to know the function of sharing widgets and know the ...
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to admin or not admin

My question is very simple - is separate admin better for UX or is it better to integrate it inside front-end? I care only about UX and what is better (and easier to explain) for end-user, I don't ...
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Toggle button for actions

In our web application, we have a list of items for which multiple actions can be scheduled. If an action is available but not selected, it is displayed as a gray button. When the user clicks on it, ...
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Is there a particular reason contextual content areas and menus aren't more prevalent in web applications?

The idea would be that if you had a menu: Feed | Settings | Logout And for example, the user is on the Shared Documents page, and clicks Settings: Feed | *Settings | Logout *Shared --> ...
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What reasons are there to not break a web applications default scrolling mechanism?

on the project I am working on, they want the web application to have the header, sidebar and footer remain fixed in the browser. So only the content area will scroll. I don't think this is a good ...
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What would you need from a mobile usability testing service?

I'm thinking of launching a service similar to usertesting.com or trymyui for mobile website and apps. Developers submit their app or website along with testing scenarios. Scenarios would be ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of multi-window functionality vs single-window functionality?

I am considering porting a windows application to a web application for one of my clients. The windows application is an MDI app (multiple forms open at once), but obviously the web app would be much ...
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How best to implement progressive enhancement for an outline editor

I am writing a form that has the basic structure of an outline. The basic structure is like this: I understand how to do this if the user has javascript enabled, but I am not sure what the best way ...
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Is it better to have more than one way to navigate to functionality or only one way?

We are building a web app in Silverlight and currently have more than one way to navigate to the same functionality. I.e. there is more than one button/link on the page that does exactly the same ...
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Looking for some ideas of for an alternative display of Full Name@Company Name

I'm trying to find a sexy/elegant way of displaying a user's full name and the company they represent. Currently, I'm doing Full Name@Company Name, for example Bob Smith@Microsoft or Sally Smith@...
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Display that a text input is not applicable

I am using the top row of an HTML table as a 'copy down' control row. So you can over-ride the values in the rows you've selected below (each row has a check box - similar to the phpMyAdmin interface)...
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Should a search page have a clear button?

Its probably a very subjective question, but here it goes....We're building a website that will provide basic and advanced search criteria. The advanced search criteria will be upto 50 fields, ...
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Which is the best design practice for edit data in RIA?

Which is the best design practice for edit data in RIA, for example in Flex or Silverlight? I would like to show customer's details, but there will be an edit window, than the datas of customer will ...
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Right-Click menu awareness on Web Application

The web application I am building has a custom right-click menu. I'm concerned that the user might not find this menu as normally right-clicking will only display the default browser's menu. Is there ...
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user settings: one option alters the help text of another

This is a very thin (and probably trivial) usability issue but I'd like your input. The user of a webapp is editing his/her profile settings. For each setting there is a label, the actual input/...
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Need a better way to list events

Our site, http://www.racedayworld.com has events that you can register for which are listed in a table with sortable rows ... I'm basically not too enthused with the design, but can't think of ...
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What's up with the Preview Pane? Why or why not to use it in internal web app messaging systems

I am about to redesign an app w/ internal messaging (ala Facebook) and just curious to get some input from the UI community on the concept of 'Preview Panes'. It seems that the majority of the super-...
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Best way to show “select all” in paginated table with some of the “all” not shown on the screen

A user can conduct a search in a grid that has pagination (i.e. over 25 rows is shown on next page). If the search returns more than 26 results and allows a "select all" checkbox, what's the best way ...
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Client wants me to copy the Google Apps UI style for a web app I'm building - is this okay?

So, the organisation I work in use Google Apps for our email, calendars and docs. The staff have gradually got used to using it and are now comfortable with the UI. I've been asked to develop a ...
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What do you think about the results of 3M Visual Attention Service's Web App?

First of all if you haven't heard of this service here's the link: https://vas.3m.com/ This online app generates heatmaps: you get 5 credits free at first, with which you can analyze the pictures of ...
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How to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons without taking focus away from main content?

I am looking for a way to present Actions (eg. CRUD) buttons while not taking focus away from main content. It'll be great to see examples of good application design (I am doing a web app (probably ...
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A cross between a DropDownList and AutoComplete Text Box

I am trying to come up with an web interface that allows the addition of an item to a list. For simplicity I'll use an example of a list of names which, when selected will be assigned to a club/group. ...
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Most Logical Sudoku Interface?

I'm working on the front end for a sudoku program I wrote for fun. I'm debating which interface is most logical: an interface entirely click-based, or a standard keyboard entry method. Click Based: ...
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fixed-width vs full-browser for web app

I'm in the early stages of designing a web application (a network management application). And I can't really decide if to go with a fixed width layout (say 960px) or a variable (full browser width) ...
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What video players/sites are fully accessible?

I am in need of a video player that is fully accessible, but I'm hoping not to have to code it from scratch. How accessible are the youtube/vimeo players? are there other ones pre-made online that ...
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Best Web UI for Large Amounts of Data Input

I'm looking for a good solution when users need to enter large amounts of data into a web application. Example A store owner wants to enter 30-40 new products into the system every month. The store ...
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How to create bands of number ranges for a field?

I have a field in a system called "Score" which ranges from an undetermined negative number to an undetermined positive number. I am trying to figure out a UI for the user to create "bands" of ...
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What are innovative, new ways to design Master/Child relationships on a page? [closed]

I'm currently working on a ASP.net application that has a variety of master, child relationships, portrayed on the page in a master gridview with tabs below. While this works for a somewhat small set ...
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HTML buttons vs hyperlinks for navigation

When creating an overall site style guide, how do you determine when a button or a hyperlink should be for something other than navigation? I see many time with the heavy usage of jQuery and AJAX, ...
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HTML templates for web applications [closed]

There are a lot of sites with free templates for homepages. These are often too simple for web applications, which have sometimes a lot of deeper nested content. For example. An application view ...
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Are there standard methods to maximise space?

We have a web application that has a lot of controls and has steps that the user progresses through. Most of the steps are on the same page, and when one section is done, we don't necessarily need to ...
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Looking for 'planner' design patterns and opinions

We are designing a revamped part-time studies course catalogue at the post-secondary institution where I work. One of the features I have included is an authenticated planner for saving and ...
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What are some good examples of well-illustrated web apps? [closed]

Sites out there like Vimeo and CarWoo do a really good job of incorporating illustrations as primary design elements. Are there any others out there that you like?
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Is it appropriate in a touch-based mobile web app to place the equivalent of “apply” in the header?

I'm creating a mobile web app for modern touch-based browsers, and I'd like to know if it's appropriate to put the equivalent of an apply / search / go / view results / proceed button in a thin ...
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WebApp User Login Screen

I am currently considering options for a web/intranet application login screen and this seems like a good place to share. Not much work has gone into the current screen since creation and it exists ...
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Making it clear which items in a long list are selected

I'm trying to design a portion of a web interface that allows users to tag items and view all items with a tag or set of tags on them - think gmail, if gmail allowed you to easily select multiple tags ...
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What icon could be used to mean 'notifications'? [closed]

As part of a web-based application, we have a toolbar at the top of the page. The toolbar contains buttons that consist of small (30x30) icons with a single word underneath (for example, a search ...
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Sorting with a Click or Double Click? Better ways?

I have an interface allowing a user to search for various Wines. You start by selecting a Type: Red, White or Sparkling. This will pull the from the database all the Varietals for your selection. You ...
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User Profile, My Account, or just Settings?

I am writing a little webapp, and am stuck on a UI hangup. I have a global menu bar at the top of the screen, that when the user is signed in consists of: Signed in as Joe User (with username as ...
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Phased re-designs

I have worked on several projects(line of business web applications) in my career that involved a complete UI overhaul. Most of these projects were enterprise web applications that took a substantial ...
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How do I make a table row on a web page look draggable?

I have a table on a web page where I need to let the user reorder the rows. I was thinking of letting the user drag the rows to reorder them. But how would I let the user know that he could do that? ...
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Custom right click context menu on a web site

Are right click context menus that override the browsers context menu considered a good usability practice? If so, are there accessibility concerns? If so, are there any guidelines or best practices ...
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How to handle selections with a lot of options?

In a web app, let's say I have a list of options for the user to select from. I would usually use a drop down in this case,if there is a reasonably small number of options, but how should i approach ...
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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In this article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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'Exit' or 'Log Out' to leave your session.

There is a button on a Kiosk style web app I am developing that destroys all session variables and chucks the person back to the logon screen (logging them out). When I took the project over the ...
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How important is it to consider the URL when developing the UI for a web application?

When developing web applications, do user-friendly URLs matter? Blog platforms seem to be split on the issue. For example, Tumblr posts are frequently in the form blogname.com/post/967129380, which ...
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What are some great web-based prototyping tools? [closed]

I'm looking for a list of web-based prototyping tools and I'd like to build one up here by using StackExchange's democratic voting system. There are already some lists around the web, notably these ...
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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?