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On forms, is inline placeholder text better than a label outside each field?

I am familiar with research on label placement to the left or above. I tend to go with right justified with the label to the left of the field for my form designs. However, inline placeholder text ...
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How would you solve the column of check boxes problem?

So my question is a bit open ended. Basically, I am looking for possible solutions to the problem of lots of tabular data with check boxes. For example, if we look at Facebook's Account Notifications ...
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Are tri-state checkboxes too complicated?

Normal checkboxes are easy, they have a checked state, and an unchecked state. But how do you go about indicating a third state for a tri-state checkbox? Is it too difficult for the user to discover ...
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Advice on website design layout

I have a website that has a menu at the top. On some pages there is a sub menu that is at the left hand side, but this is only on some pages. How then would be best to design the page layout given ...
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to have or to not have multiple categories [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Including unique content under multiple navigation trees It's simple - how visitors respond to one product/item placed in multiple categories? Is it considered as benefit or ...
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Do online-feedback tools generate useful feedback?

We'd like to gather feedback from our users after the re-launch of our website. We do usability tests and interviews but I'd like to provide an easy way to give feedback for any user. There are tons ...
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Alternatives to the “play/pause” button

I've never been happy with the old 'iTunes' model ("flip-flop" buttons; see this question) where the play and pause are the same button, with an icon showing what state you can go to (Play when you're ...
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Why can't you update options in shopping carts?

I've been researching shopping cart designs, and so far it seems like the consensus is that the only thing you can update in a shopping cart is quantities. Let's say I've added a large t-shirt to the ...
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Design for data-intensive web-page and search criteria

I am very much a UX noob, but I need to design a web-page to display a large amount of numeric data, presumably in a grid. The users will be able to enter search criteria using the attributes shown ...
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What would be the best way to let a user add a URL to a form?

Currently our webapplication simply shows a textbox with no validation at all. There is a small icon placed next to the textbox that allows the user to open the URL in a new browser window to check ...
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Icon meaning 'requested/allocated'? [closed]

We're looking to get an icon that will convey the meanings of both 'requested' and 'allocated' for our website. The system is an e-learning service, and the icon is intended to be part of a series of ...
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What is the best way to create an eye-catching display of numeric values in a web page?

I am going to design a management level monitoring page for displaying some sums and counts. No interaction is allowed and it will be used as a monitoring page on a big LCD in the managers view. The ...
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How to mark required (and optional) fields in a form where some fields are NOT editable?

I have a form showing properties of an entity in a web app: some of the fields in the form are read-only and some are editable. Within the editable fields, some are required to be filled with a value ...
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How to display a distinction between actions which affect the 'real world' vs. actions that affect only the information in the application?

I have the following challenge: I'm designing a web application that is supposed to manage IT components. Meaning - when the user creates an IT component in the application or updates an existing one,...
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Most intuitive icon to represent “me” or “myself” [closed]

For example, in a shopping cart, I may buy this purchase for myself ("me" / "myself" icon), as opposed to gifting it to someone else (box with bow-tie icon). What is the ideal icon to represent ME?
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How do you determine a reasonable minimum window of time between actions as to prevent flooding?

I'm planning some code that will prevent flooding for a project I'm working on. I'm wondering, how do you determine what interval of time is necessary to wait in between actions? I've seen this ...
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Chrome Options UI Pattern Name

I've been looking for a way to organize hierarchical data. I came across the UI in Chrome Options. I really like it and think will work well for what I need. Is there a name to this pattern? As you ...
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Why would you not want to align the name of a user and their avatar?

It's a little thing but I noticed that both google plus and facebook do not exactly line up the name of the user and their photo-the name is slightly lower than the top of the photo. Is this a ...
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How to express in two or three letters how a column is to be sorted

On a just-now-coming-alive web page, I have two columns: change and change-percent. In the headers of the two columns, I want to give the user a small control so he can toggle between sorting the ...
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How much should a UX professional know about front-end development?

Apologies if this is too much of a fuzzy question, I was wondering what people's thoughts were regarding the level of front-end development knowledge a UX professional (Experience Architect, Usability ...
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Aggregating and charting different values

I'm writing a web app that allows the user to define his own questions, where each question has a defined type: numeric (includes ranged, like from 0 to 100, monetary, etc) options (like a radio ...
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When is double-clicking appropriate for the web?

I recently saw a website that required the user to double-click an item in a scrolling list to 'open' it for editing. It surprised me, as I don't usually think double-click is appropriate for websites,...
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title placement in mobile apps

What's best practice for placing page titles in mobile development? In jquerymobile it looks like header is great placement, however titles can be long (ecommerce products), and because they're "...
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International Currency Formatting Guidelines — Currency Codes

In developing a web application that presents monetary data for a variety of locales, I have inquired about the differences of currency formats. In particular, I'd like to know when it is appropriate ...
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Plus icon for new tab not working in user testing. Anomaly or actually confusing for users…

For Context: So I am performing some user testing, and the interface is changing how tabs work with in the system. Currently tabs indicate the top level of different customer define hierarchies. The ...
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What should the default volume of an in-line video player be?

Given that the volume shown in an in-line video player (e.g. Flash or Silverlight) is relative to the system volume (i.e. 100% volume in the player is 100% of the current system volume level), what ...
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Senior Usability and Navigation

Does anyone have any current resources for senior usability? I'm specifically researching navigation: tabs and accordions. The Jacob Nielsen site has a report that's over a decade old. I'm looking for ...
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Should I refresh result set after changing Dropdown values ?

I've encountered with this question many times: Assuming I have a table which displays results according to dropdown value. Should I refresh the results automatically each time a value is selected, ...
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Wizard steps - how should I label them?

I've built a 3 steps registration wizard because my user must fill in 19 (!) fields. (Its a regulatory issue that can't be argued). I split them steps to 3: 1. Account information 2. General ...
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How should I align field “format” markers?

Let's say I have a form with fields that accept data in very specific formats, such as currency (£) or percentage (%). How should I convey that to a user? If I use 'sub-labels' (symbols that represent ...
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How necessary is it to point out your call to action so obviously on a simple site?

I am trying to figure out, especially for returning users, the value of pointing out a way to add input to a site. Facebook and Google+ both have placeholder text and placement of the input for status ...
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What is the new user interface that services like Google/Google+ are using? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites? Recently Google/Google+ and other services have adjusted their menus to the top of the ...
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Why is the following space highlighted upon double-clicking text?

I'm referring to when you double-click on the middle of a word in any sort of text editing situation (Google Docs, filling out this question, AIM, etc.) and the word as well as the space between it ...
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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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Are there any examples of well designed applications on iPad with 3 column layouts?

I'm designing an iPad application and had an interest in a 3 column interface with 3 tableviews across the screen horizontally and I was wondering if this interface has been done anywhere well.
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What is more pleasing to the eye fade in or suddently appear

I have a pop up menu. What is said to be easier on the users' eyes? Should I just have it appear immediately using visibility = true or should I have it fade in using opacity animation?
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What phrase would you use instead of “Likes” for an airline related forum?

Implementing a socially driven forum for a major Airline (similar to stackexchange I guess) and trying to come up with a different name for the "Likes" functionality which is essentially like the ...
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What kind of useful information shall we keep in a closed place page on a reviews site?

I'm making an experience design for a place page, knowing that I am working on a reviews writing and sharing site. If a place in real life is now closed and no longer in service, what kind of ...
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Are Ribbons touch screen friendly?

All over the web, I read that Ribbons are touch screen friendly, that they are made for touch etc. But I never got a real explanation why the Ribbon is as touch friendly as people say. The icons are ...
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What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%". I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
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good metaphor for deleting tags

I'm looking for a good example for the look and feel of tags. There are a small number (usually 0-3) tags. If there are already tags present on a record, how should the delete functionality be ...
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Vertical & Horizontal Scrollable UI

I am creating a UI that will allow users to search. The search results are displayed in a section that is scrollable both horizontally and vertically. This is weird because the web page will end up ...
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What is the best way to allow users to navigate through a large amount of information on a website that is categorised in numerous ways?

As a web developer, I'm often given designs that look good from the web designer, but don't necessarily function as well as they should. This is especially true for navigation elements, increasingly ...
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Why are different cursors used when hovering over buttons in Gmail?

In the Gmail interface they are not consistent in which cursor they use on button/link hover. They use the "hand" pointer for: Links in the sidebar(mail, contacts, inbox, starred etc..) The mails ...
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When is it a good idea to perform actions on mouse-down *as opposed to click/mouse-up*?

I've grown used to the GUI paradigm of pre-select on mouse-down, action on mouse-up. In fact, I rely on it, sometimes canceling an unwanted action after mouse-down by dragging outside of the click ...
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Primary secondary actions - applicable in this case?

I'm working on a ui for a page in an application that is essentially an image library. The mocku shown below is the page the user sees when they have performed a search for items to update in bulk (by ...
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How should the sign-up page for a mobile website work?

How should the sign-up page for a mobile website be? For example:- Does repeat password make more sense or less on mobile version of a website. To put it differently, are users more prone to make a ...
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Which is better: Buy Now or Add To Cart as the label for a button in a shopping cart form?

I have a site that displays 3 major products and it all links to an external shopping cart which users will have to fill out a form to complete the order. Which label is better? "Add to Cart" or "...
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Most common ways users scroll a website

Are there any studies that show the percent usage of the following techniques for scrolling a long web page? Mouse scroll wheel Up/Down arrow key Page Up / Page Down | Home / End keys Dragging scroll ...
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How can Google+ Circles' UI be improved?

Since the day I used Google+, I didn't really like how "circles" were presented. I've had 4 main issues with them: You can't see who's in a Circle unless you hover the pointer over it. If a circle ...

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