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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dynamic required field validation

Let say we have a form with 50 or so elements. It is a data entry form and is in the format the user is expecting based on standardized industry paperwork. My question is should required fields ...
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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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Required field validation

How should required field validation be handled visually? Note: assume asterisk is red *Name:[_______________] or Name:*[_______________] or Name: [_______________]* or Name: [____red bg____ ]...
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How long should the delay be before a tooltip pops up?

I'm working on web site in which a "ribbon" submenu pops up as soon as the mouse touches one of the main menu items. I'm trying to explain to the designer that it should wait until the cursor has ...
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“Clear all” button history

Has anybody ever used "Clear All" button on the page? Maybe someone know the history of this "magic" UI component. I opened my eyes after this answer.
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Left-handed persons and usability

I have never seen any UI that depends on what hand a person prefers. I have never seen any options or profile settings for left-handled persons. Maybe it is a strange question, but I have to ask it. ...
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Progressive disclosure techniques to allow advanced simplicity for web apps?

What progressive disclosure techniques where the information and options given starts out small and lets the user decide what they want expanded on can I use in a web app?
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31answers
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Common web app usability gotchas? [closed]

What are some common mistakes regarding usability for web applications?
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Where should the “preferences” item go in a desktop application?

I find that the "preferences" menu item is always in a different place, and often under an arbitrary name which always makes it a pain to locate unless you're already familiar with the software. I ...
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Is it better to prevent a forbidden action or display an error/explanation message?

There are multiple examples, so I'll pick a specific one to focus the question. Let's say a user can have specific characteristics (or permissions): Admin, Virtual, External, Financial, etc. To ...
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How much should we show if the user clicks the end of a long list of pages?

Let me give you example of what I mean by a long list of pages: So when you click 19 it has to determine how many new pages to show and how many old pages not to show. For example: How many new ...
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How and when should you use animation in your application?

Sometimes applications can benefit from animations in the UI. What tips do you have for determining when you should use animation? How can you maximize the usefulness of animations and avoid misuse?...
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How much should be on the homepage of a website?

Some websites I've noticed hardly have much on their website's homepage (i.e. google.com) where as some have a lot on their webpage (i.e. msn.com). Neither of them look good to me (google has too ...
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Its good , bad or neutral from psychological point of view to place a cart on the bottom of a page

I am thinking a lot the matter of the position of the ajax cart. I have place my temporary show cart on the bottom of the page. This is just an information for the user when its add products on the ...
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From the perspective of an UI (or user), what is an atomic action?

I am creating a lot of UIs that contain multiple levels of objects. An example would be for instance a purchase order. A purchase order has information regarding the order itself, but it also contains ...
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Are there any tests that can be used to measure the quality of an UI?

What are the criteria that are used to measure the quality of an UI, or compare different UIs with each other?
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What methods do you use to test the usability of an API?

Testing the usability of a programming interface poses a lot of challenges. It has a very different feel than testing a graphical interaction. The user can do almost anything at any time, as opposed ...
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Where are good places to display ads on a webpage?

Where on a webpage is the best chance that a visitor will notice an ad and look at it?
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2answers
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In a web application, what can I do to allow error messages to be efficent and functional?

While alerts force users to react, sometimes the widget gets lost behind other windows and then blocks the whole application. What other ways can be used to make sure a user will take notice of an ...
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What are the common idioms for the drop portion of a drag and drop operation?

I'm only concerned here with the other half of a D%D operation, the drop. What are the common idioms to communicate to a user they can drop? And which are the "best" and in what situations? In ...

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