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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Spell it out to the user. You don't want to leave them guessing so I would recommend you add a simple addition to your UI. Note the change of language in the search box. By saying choose location you ...
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To clear (or not to clear) the search box?

I have a personal hatred towards websites which clear content from the Search bar after I hit Search. Here's why: It is completely unnecessary to clear the content out. There are multiple chances ...
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Search vs. Look Up

They both mean the same thing according to the free dictionary, but I think there are subtle differences. Definition of "Look up" Searching is a more general term -- you may not be sure what you will ...
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To clear (or not to clear) the search box?

If you clear the box, you're taking away control from the user. While you may seem like you're doing them a favor, you're robbing them of context for what they just typed in. When you type things ...
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Which option better communicates the default state for a search box as "everything."

I would strongly suggest you go with the first option but with a change. The second option introduces a programatic step (selecting from the dropdown) that the user should not have to make - There is ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Just to think outside the box I've decided to paste a radical suggestion to this, as I have called it "map-tap" problem :) Imagine if a low opacity touch gesture image appeared over the map either for ...
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Google UX flaw? switching placement of Videos and Images

They arrange the items depending on what you search for. I.E. searching for 'Tax' is likely to return many News results, so that is shown alongside 'web': Searching for 'Mexico Flag' is likely ...
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Is there a recommended size for search boxes?

From my experience, the answer is... It depends! I work for a recipe site and we launched a new site last year which had a whole redesign. We used to have a smaller search box and users interacted ...
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Why would the search input field not get focus when the page is loaded?

You already answered your own question. Keyboard/screen-reader users will need to step out of the search field when it was focused automatically to make use of other ways to navigate. Also on mobile, ...
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Should you ever disable search on pages with user entered information?

The system should help the user but should not restrict the user. If the user indeed wants to search something, the user should be able to. Warning the user that this will result in losing information ...
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If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown

Some sites have "near miss" matches after their exact matches. If a user has exhausted everything precisely matching their criteria but is still looking, there's a clear line and an explanation that ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

You could de-emphasize the search field, e.g. by not showing it by default. Just say "Choose a location" in the head of the screen, and have a magnifying glass button that pops up the search field for ...
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Why would the search input field not get focus when the page is loaded?

Autofocus is a tool that is wildly helpful if done correctly and it is appropriate to the situation, but there are many, many things that can go wrong. If your implementation doesn't avoid all of ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Have you considered moving the map, rather than moving the "pin"? Scrolling a map is a common action in most map applications, if you keep the reticule static and move the map underneath it, the user ...
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How to accomodate and/or with brackets in field filtering system

Nested blocks in a vertical layout This pattern tested very well with our users. It uses common language to explain what you are looking for and allows any level of complex grouping where individual ...
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Should I use "Search" or "Find” on my buttons?

With regard to English in general, "Search for Flights" and "Find Flights" would work equally well. "Find Flights" is subtly optimistic that there are flights that match the user's criteria. That may ...
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One button for two actions

You buttons should always say what they do. Avoid vague terms and, most especially, do not confuse the user by having a single button do two things! Also, giving the user two text fields can cause ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

If the filter is mandatory, choose the most frequent search as the default. You can try a scoped search dropdown before the search input field. This way the search button is Active from the beginning. ...
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How to make a map obviously clickable?

Since users are likely to see the entry form first, how about using the placeholder text for this? "Enter location or just pick from map ..."
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What symbol can be used to denote "contains"

I'd make a custom control which shows just the symbol when collapsed and the symbol + text when expanded. This way both concerns (about space and symbol choice) turn less important, because when the ...
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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From a technical point of view the two are basically the same (i.e. excluding elements from a list, based on some criterias) From a user point of view, it's very different: Search is done as a ...
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How do we represent that a search feature has "intelligent" capabilities?

Teach the user how to use your feature. Show them example queries to illustrate what is possible. This can be done in some sort of short onboarding experience for new users, or perhaps when the input ...
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Searching with mandatory filters

I remember GitHub had something like what Mike M suggested for their search. I just noticed that it's changed, and what they do now is make the selection a part of their autocomplete-like menu: I ...
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Should searching a table include hidden columns?

Avoiding the dilemma There's a possible solution without falling into this dilemma: Give users the choice, just by adding a checkbox below the search/filter input which specifies "Search in ...
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Search vs. Look Up

Thoughts you say... Well, Why not do an A/B testing with the label options. At the end of the day its not what the client / developers / designers want - its about how your end-user interprets it.
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If the user has set a search filter, but the data is N/A, should it be shown

No. For the user to actively specify a color, then see colors which do not match their specification risks confusion and a lack of confidence in the accuracy of the tool. An alternative would be to ...
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What is the recommended minimum characters limit for auto-complete/filter?

Frankly, this is contextual. For a single word, generally 2-4 letters are kept as minimum to initiate the auto complete feature. There are at least two reasons for this. One being the performance as ...
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What's the maximum number of individuals registered to one UK postcode?

If you're referring to the UK postcode areas, then according to https://www.mjt.me.uk/posts/falsehoods-programmers-believe-about-addresses/ Warwick University has a single postcode of CV4 7AL which ...
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Best way to show search results for different content types

The convention on search result pages is to present the actual content looking almost the same. The reason behind it is that's it easier to scan content and find keywords representing the thing the ...
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