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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

You are right to ask this question. It really depends on who your users are. In labor-intensive environments, users are often very familiar with the HH:MM notation for duration, so it's OK to use ...
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How to let users know that updates are not real time

Add the time of the last update. That way users have a better understanding how old or new the information is. But it only works if you can use the users system clock to determine the shown time. If ...
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How to let users know that updates are not real time

There is no reason to calculate this for the user unless you truly believe they cannot tell time. "Your order will be ready at 18:12" should suffice; it does not matter how many minutes away ...
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Is there any research showing whether relative or absolute times are easier for humans to read?

You could also show both formats: 13:35 (2 hours ago) This way the user could figure out either one easily, depending on what they wanted. You could also allow searching/filtering by either.
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Is there any research showing whether relative or absolute times are easier for humans to read?

I'm not sure about hard research, but there's a good article from UX Movement: Absolute vs. Relative Timestamps When to use absolute timestamps: There are times when users need to look back on past ...
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How to best display number of hours

Jira has a great and clear way of doing this when entering time estimates in the task estimate field, simply using 1 letter after the weeks (w), days (d), hours (h) and minutes (m). By not allowing ...
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Which is a more intuitive open hours and days schedule board?

Why make the user click when they don't have to? You could easily show all of the open and closing times for the week, and I don't think it would be information overload as the user will already know ...
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Simplify an interface for flexibly applying rules to periods of time

Try showing them visually, as they build the restriction and exemption times. With each criterion added, the timeline updates. I'm not sure I fully understand your use case, but it sounds like users ...
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Representation of Timer in "Deal Expires in MM SS"

According to me, the best option would be to use 59m 59s. This will surely help a user to understand the time available without any confusion. Here the labels are clearly visible at the first glance ...
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Is the mental model of time advancing to the right in charts globally accepted?

The mental image of time is indeed thought to be influenced by language and culture. Scientists discovered years ago that spatial representations of time are affected greatly by linguistic ...
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which is more intuitive time picker?

In my opinion, Option 2 is the most user friendly. Reasoning: If the hour has its own up and down arrow you do not expect that using the up and down arrow of the minutes can change the hour as well. ...
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How long should a temporary notification (toast) appear?

It varies, but for English language... Generally the time taken to read a flash notice will vary according to the complexity of the information, length of notice, and focus/distraction level of the ...
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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

A plus sign is sometimes prefixed to the time format indicate offset. It can also imply duration. For example: +4:00 +10:00 +4:00 +6:00 +0:00 +6:00
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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

Another possibility would be to add a "prime" mark at the end, as is sometimes (often in race times) used. Minutes and seconds would look like 4′33″, so a single prime is minutes, so use 1:30′ for an ...
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Should a "loading" text or spinner stay a minimum time on screen?

In this situation, the solution Facebook uses is great if you can do it. A "skeleton" of the page is immediately shown and then the actual content fills in the skeleton when it's available. The ...
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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

You can also show the minutes with a smaller font. On stopwatches, this is done for the seconds or milliseconds. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups
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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

The international standard ISO 8601 would suggest P04:00 or P4H. Its part on periods, durations or time spans and repetitions, though, is hardly ever followed – and you aren’t using its date format in ...
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Which time format to use in a flight booking?

Times for flights are almost always given as local time in a 24-hour format. https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/83626/how-to-read-time-of-flight-for-emirates-airline Most airlines use ...
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How to display duration (HH:MM) so it isn't confused with clock time

You could use decimals. So for example: 90 minutes would be 1.5 hours instead of 1:30 3 hours and 45 minutes would be 3.75 instead of 3:45 This format is highly scannable and makes it easier to sum ...
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Should a "loading" text or spinner stay a minimum time on screen?

Based on Jakob Nielson's research, I'd say 1 - 9 seconds is an acceptable time if you add a spinner and the minimum is 1 second. See this article, Website Response Times: The 3 response-time ...
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How to best display number of hours

Standard format for time (and time intervals less than 24 hours in duration) is set by ISO 8601. Using extended format (hh:mm[:ss]) fits best (note :!), clearly conveying time nature of the value. ...
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Is the mental model of time advancing to the right in charts globally accepted?

In the Arabic world, time series charts are more often shown as right-to-left, as this flows more naturally with reading from right-to-left. Al Jazeera (a large Arabic based news organisation) for ...
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Which time format to use in a flight booking?

Make your decision based on your user's location. So, someone in the USA will see AM/PM times and someone in Qatar will see 24H. Having just one of the two will confuse users of the other region. ...
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Representation of Timer in "Deal Expires in MM SS"

Kishan I would step back and approach it from a deeper UX perspective; who are your users, what are they doing, what information is pertinent to them? When you delve a little deeper, the answers ...
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Unit to display for 00:00 minute:second format

You can make something like : 11h32m or 18m17s Which is both short and pretty clear.
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How to let users know that updates are not real time

Second choice is better to manage user expectations about estimated time. You can create background process auto refresh every X second for update estimated time left, so user don't need to refresh ...
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Is there any research showing whether relative or absolute times are easier for humans to read?

When you use absolute timestamps, you need to find out which timezone the user is in. This can be a guess based on IP address (which may be wrong) or a setting in the user profile (which needs to be ...
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Why "posted a minute ago" instead of time?

Faster comprehension at the expense of accuracy. If I told you: I began typing this answer at 10:14:25 AM on December 6, 2017 that would require you to know the current time and then compare it ...
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Representation of Timer in "Deal Expires in MM SS"

Why don't you just give the actual time until expiry? At the moment, you're proposing to tell me that the offer expires "in one day". But what does that mean? Let's say it's 3pm on Thursday. It ...
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Which is a more intuitive open hours and days schedule board?

Neither of the images are great, but the second is obviously better than the first. You could try using a similar concept to these redesigned Parking Signs I've seen this kind of horizontal design ...
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