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Should headings always use the same font as the body?

I'm working on some of the layouts for a User Handbook and right now my main concern is fonts. I'm trying to decide whether to use the same font for the body text and the headings. If I use different ...
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What are some alternatives to the phrase “Are you sure you want to XYZ” in confirmation dialogs?

I don't like seeing the word 'you' in the message twice. Examples: Are you sure you want to delete this item? Are you sure you want to continue?
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What guidelines exist for designing UIs?

UI guidelines can be helpful to provide rules-of-thumb, or at least remind you of things to think about when designing a UI. What sets of guidelines exist?
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Website Addresses - To Hyphen or Not to Hyphen ?

Eg which is better: www.ux-exchange.com or www.uxexchange.com ? Background: Looking at what's already registered it looks like the non-hyphened versions are more popular. But does that make ...
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Business application: Is it better to redirect or pop-up for re-authentication?

This question is geared for a line of business application someone would pay for, not a general public facing website. Is it better to redirect for authentication/re-authentication or show a pop-up? ...
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Favourite site with examples of well-designed web ui elements [closed]

Please list your favourite site for finding examples of well designed web elements, one per answer so they can be upvoted individually. Explain why it is good in the answer
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Zoom In / Zoom Out features of latest browsers…an accessibility feature? How does this impact design going forward?

Many of the current browsers will zoom in/out the entire page instead of increasing/decreasing just the font size. This is great because generally it doesn't break the visual design. I'm assuming ...
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Why would you, for a local authentication site, have usernames, instead of using e-mail address to login?

In websites where authentication is local, or mixed local and remote (e.g. OpenID), I still often see the question for a username. I can very well understand this in the case of twitter, where the ...
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Is per-company subdomain or single URL better for web app

I'm writing a web application, the application is for small companies where each company will have multiple users. What is better: giving each company a sub domain (so you access the app at my-...
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How should I show access controls to users

As we design complicated systems for multiple users, it is important to show them security information for their firms. I want to show them who can do what action to which accounts. Clarity is very ...
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Font Size Amender

Is there still any need for a font resizer in web apps? Modern web browseers easilly allow you to zoom in on content. Older browsers such as IE6 and IE7 require you to change the font size via ...
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How much information should you ask for when users register?

So the company wants all the information it can get on the users of its site, but how much should be asked for upon registration? On one hand, it would be easier for the users to enter only personal ...
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Fast-loading splash screen or flashy, progress-based splash screen? [closed]

Related Question Pros/cons of splash-screen with articifial loading delay This is a fairly subjective question, but in my opinion most discussion on UX is at least a little subjective. So ...
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Which payment provider offers the best user experience? [closed]

I'm looking at building payments into my app. Users can subscribe to different plans and pay monthly. They'll get a free first month and won't be billed if they cancel anytime within the first month. ...
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How to create the best form asking buyers for their delivery address?

I need to create a contact form asking for buyers' delivery address. My customers may be from any country. The goal is to get the correct address format so international mail items will not be ...
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Actionable form element size

I am not a UI designer by any means. I have noticed in the last year or two that important buttons/links...etc on many websites now have very big click zones. I must say that I appreciate it, as ...
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9answers
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Does style matter in a good UI?

Let's say you have the perfect UI (hypothetical of course) in terms of position of buttons, etc. Now would it be a better UI if you styled everything nicely, or would it not matter at all? Does a UI ...
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4answers
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Which one is easier to use: horizontal or vertical sliders?

Which type of sliders is easier to use: horizontal or vertical?
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2answers
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Best way to show screens to user on application

I'm developing a Winforms application which has been running for years with an explorer view (TreeView left, screen right). I means that: All the screens have an hierarchy organization All the nodes ...
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6answers
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ExtJS vs. JQuery [closed]

From a UX design perspective (design freedom, interaction polish, usability, skin-ability, etc.), what JavaScript UI framework is best? Particularly, we are looking at ExtJS and JQuery. And, yes, we ...
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1answer
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Best way to handle a system failure (not the user's fault)

In my application, we're very dependent on a service to provide some information that the user can interact with. It's possible that the service could be down, or in some invalid state to where any ...
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What is some general advice for demoing wireframes to clients? [closed]

I've been working on a web app, and have gotten the wireframes pretty far along, based on initial in-house research & discussion. The biz guys are eager to set up some demos of the wireframes to ...
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What's the best way to design the web interface which runs the same on almost all resolutions?

With web pages, what's the CSS framework or any other idea, which may show the web pages the same way on almost all screen resolution using div?
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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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2answers
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User Interface functionality modelling languages?

[this is a copy of my question on SO https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2200215/user-interface-functionality-modelling-languages but it fits better here] I am looking for a UI functionality ...
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6answers
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Interaction with a grid with complex cells

Problem definition: A grid where each column represents an attribute of a task and each row is a task One of the columns represents the progress reported on that task Multiple persons can be assigned ...
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Search as you type

Is returning search results while the user is inputting each character good usability practice or a pain in the rear for the user?
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4answers
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DPI independent UI for webpages

For almost a decade, before LCD became the norm, screens used to be 72 or 96 DPI (Usually only found on Trinitron displays). However, now 120 and 144 DPI displays are quite common. With the coming of ...
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Why does the Redbox machine have barriers around the credit card swipe reader?

Perhaps you've seen one of these before. A couple of inches above and below the magnetic stripe reader are protrusions that allow just enough room to swipe a credit card. The barriers are a negative ...
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2answers
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Are there any easy to use A/B Testing frameworks?

How to do A/B testing is a difficult problem. Are there any frameworks or tools out there that ease the pain?
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Need UI replacement for Tab control

My client is not fond of the tab metaphor, so I need to come up with something else. Does anyone have any ideas on what I could use to replaced a tab control (containing 3-4 tabs) with something else?...
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Use Tab or Button Click or give the user the option of both to get data?

I'm currently in the process of building a Helpdesk like application, and when the user creates a new ticket they need to select a customer and transaction by entering a certain number of criteria. ...
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5answers
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Choosing a set of colors [closed]

I'm not a graphic designer, and I can't afford one for my open source project, so I thought I'd crowdsource this one. I'm trying to work out a set of 6-8 easily-differentiable colors for categories in ...
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White text on black background

Are there any reasons to avoid using white text on a black background?
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3answers
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Submit a Button and Cancel a Link… Too Confusing?

I have noticed in the last couple years a lot of web forms, if they have cancel at all, it is a link. I assume this is to drive the person to the UI element, a button in this case, that 99% of the ...
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Unambiguous way to display timezone information in a compact manner

When displaying a listing of events, each with their own date, time, and timezone, I'd like to present the timezone that the given event has been assigned. However, there is potentially a lot of ...
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How do you track new feature/product adoption?

Huzzah! You just launched your brand new feature/product X. You've been working on it for months, usability tested the crap out of it, and feel really good about how it all came together. After a few ...
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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 to put in the About box?

I wonder what useful stuff one can put in an About box in a Mac OS X program. Most basic the About box displays Program icon Program name Version number Copyright More sophisticated ones displays ...
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1answer
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Guidelines for Semantic Content & Content Strategies?

Been looking for articles/posts/Books that include what others consider important about Content Strategy and the principles of Semantic Content (and accessible content) and how others are working ...
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Is a “repeat password” field necessary in a signup page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why should we ask the password twice during registration? When designing a new and simplified signup page I got into an argument with a colleague about the necessity of the "...
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2answers
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Uploading CSV/Excel data, present mapping functionality or download the schema?

With this question assume the users understand CSV/Excel. I am looking for the most usable approach for importing data (5-15 rows) into an application. Is it better to let the users download an ...
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How to become a User Experience Designer?

I am a UI designer and developer and have been designing websites for aound 10 years. I want to get into user experience design. I know how to do a design, but I am lagging the terminologies and the ...
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Multimodal interfaces - best practices

What are best practices in using multimodal interface approaches, e.g. combination of haptic interfaces, voice commands, gestures?
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7answers
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Brain computer interface

Do you believe brain computer interfaces (e.g. Emotiv Epoc, OCZ NIA) are good enough to be used in designing a useful user interface and if so could you please name some examples? Tnx.
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When should I use a select box instead of radio buttons?

I know that a select box takes up less space and is good for lots of options. But should there be any deeper influences to my choice than space? Are there any studies that show users preferring one or ...
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Best UI for an HTML table. [closed]

I frequently need to show tabular data and I want all the magic . . . sorting columns, pagination, etc. I prefer to use columns where you click on the name of the column and the sorting is done for ...
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Whats a better user experience: A scrollable table or a full size table allowing the browser window to do scrolling?

Whats a better user experience: A scrollable table by using overflow css settings in a DIV? A full size table allowing the browser window to do scrolling?
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What are common UI misconceptions and annoyances? [closed]

I often use applications and electronic devices for which I think: "Why on earth did they engineer that thing as it is? They must have known that it is a pain in the neck to work with". On the other ...
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How do I get users to read error messages?

If your intended audience is nontechnical you find yourself at a severe risk that your users will plain ignore the carefully worded error messages, either staring in shock at them, calling and yelling ...

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