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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

If you're trying to convey "this criteria doesn't matter", simply leaving it blank is probably the best option. This used to be a very common pattern in "advanced" search dialogs, until application ...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

If you want sex just say it If you want sex just say it - You should strive to convey information in the clearest way possible, when possible. < 2.1 miles is < clear than less than 2.1 miles. In ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

I think the closest thing to a universal symbol would simply be *, which is used as a wildcard character in many operating systems and applications. It might not be recognized by every end user, but ...
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What is the opposite symbol of "empty"?

Seeing that ∅ is your choice for an empty value, for non-empty one you can just prepend it with the negation symbol: ¬∅, or !∅. As far as UX goes, this will only be instantly clear to people who are ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

I assume there is no universal accepted symbol for "All". So, I would either return to text or use a slider like the price sliders on e-commerce websites or have the options shown as a list with ...
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What's the symbol for the "locate me" button?

Short answer: No. Long answer: There are a few different ones out there (I only bothered to check 3) and some of them offer more functionality than "find me"; for example iOS also uses that button to ...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

The other answers seem to be missing the forest for the trees. The problem isn't visual, but semantic. When creating key-value pairs, the least ambiguous solution tends to involve defining your left-...
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

You could place the minimum value on the left and increments throughout the rest of the bar: The "distance" in the title implies that values "up to" the selected one will be included in the filter. ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

Assuming the site is translated through a translation engine (which is very much prone to error) instead of properly translated and localized (see this for starters), using the wrong gender for "any (...
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What unicode symbol should I use for EDIT?

I use a rotated pencil symbol: <span class="edit-icon">&#9998;</span> <style> .edit-icon { display: inline-block; transform: rotateZ(90deg); } </style> https://...
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What symbol can be used to denote "contains"

At Trilance we've got the same problem trying to create an advanced UI for filter tables and data. We solved creating a new code that the user will easily learn. We have chosen to use these new ...
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Which one is better for drag sign

Before reading your question, I saw an image with a menu and a second image with two lines. I think that not just the number of lines influences, but also the location. But I still thinking the ...
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Any studies showing generic currency symbol is understandable by most people?

For a generic symbol A pile (or two) of coins And I (in the UK) wouldn't recognise the ISO symbol
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What is the clearest way to display "less than"?

The slider in the position you illustrate controls a filter which will confine results to those with distance less than 2.1 miles. This is not the same as stating that the distance to one particular ...
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Convey the meaning of "any" without using words

You could include the min and max values like 1.5 - 1.8 Then all rest of the options.
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What's the symbol for the "locate me" button?

There is No particularly accepted icon for users current location. It's moreover depends on which map/technology user uses. I agree with @Andrew Martin, as he showed those three icons for iOS, Bing ...
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What symbol conveys "save"?

The Floppy disk icon is a common icon that's been engraved into the minds as the Save icon. Apart from that, you could also use the Tick to signify Done and Save Ideally you should ...
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When did the concept of flagging start?

Interesting you brought this up, I looked into it a little bit after my response on that other comment got some people talking. I personally don't see it as a negative thing - I mean, yes, there ...
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Denoting whether or not something is hazardous

The problem with the checkmark on the green background is that both the background and the icon conceive a "positive" meaning, something affermative, and not negative. Answering a question ("Hazard?")...
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What is the thought behind veg and non veg icons?

It's not a universal standard but a system imposed specifically in India by the Food Safety and Standards Act (2006). ...A declaration to this effect shall be made by a symbol and colour code so ...
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Icon/Symbol to Represent "Done" when the user may or may not have completed an action

As the User hasn't completed any task that needs confirmation there is no need of such an action button. Queue is in a new screen: I'm not that sure about iOS but in Android it is common the use of ...
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Would a thumbs down be considered disciminating?

Gestures don't translate well cross-culturally. Depending on the culture and even subculture, a given gesture can be interpreted as bizarre, obscene, insulting, or actively hostile. Better to avoid ...
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Affordance discovery on clickable elements: icons vs buttons

I assume you have created few personas before jumping onto the design. These are a couple of recommendations. It is always better to use with labels when you don't have page real estate issue. For ...
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Is there a universally recognizable, OS agnostic glyph for the Super key?

Common symbols for the super key are OS-specific. From this answer elsewhere on StackExchange and Wikipedia it doesn't seem like there is an icon other than the Windows and Mac platform specific ...
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Why is the settings icon either associated with gears or a wrench + screwdriver

I think the gear icon is the exact thing that is in the astral for the akashic records that records all of our thoughts and someone must had the same idea as me since they used the gear as settings ...
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Button for "Play, but from beginning" for a scrubber UX

Have you considered a textual "Play from start" button? Every one of the proposals here is worth conducting user testing on and collecting analytics for. If none prove to be adequately recognizable, ...
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UI to “change user interface language”?

I don't think there is a perfect solution for this, but this site has various very good posts about the topic: http://flagsarenotlanguages.com/blog/2013/10/case-study-onefinestay-com-and-dropdown-...
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Denoting whether or not something is hazardous

If you wanna keep consistency of green check marks you can change wording. When you ask about safety (instead asking for hazard), check mark is good option then.
Ada's user avatar
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What symbol conveys "save"?

I like Google Material Icons' Add Location icon:
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Indicate no time limit

If it is clear all the way down the column that it refers to a due date or time limit, you can just put "None" for those that don't have this.
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