Juan Lanus
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How to show navigation on Calendar Picker Overlay?
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IMO the issue is not the location of the arrows. Most users feel comfortable with such controls. Also, if the issue was the range difference between jumping one day or one month, then there is an ...

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How to load data into a table based on the selection in a tree?
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This is an example of a client-side selection tool I developed a while ago: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2965258/foodSelector/foodHierarchy.html The user can select items from a tree at the left of the ...

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How should horizontal scrolling be handled?
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Scrolling is a burden. We have to force users to scroll because of the limited size of the current screens, where current means ever. Nowadays users are used to scroll, and they can do it mostly ...

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Should usability testing of a competitor's website be a part of your usability testing routine?
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Most usability practitioners agree with the ISO/IEC definition of usability, that states that it's a measure. It is a measure but there is no defined unit like meter or pound or jakobs to express it ...

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Users don't read (or even see) things. How can I deliver important clues?
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The way you present your problems excites all the usability engineering gist. Let's say a few. 1- Users don't read things: Of course they don't. They are presented a GUI where they should be able ...

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Single page or multi-page forms?
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In this particular case the form looks tall because of the single-column layout, i.e., labels on top of input fields, leaving an unused void of about half the available real estate to the right (while ...

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What's a good way to use text over a picture?
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You are attempting to show both the picture and the text in the same space. If it's for desktop then you might add a vanishing (animated) contrasting foggy background to make the text legible and the ...

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How patient are users at wait dialogs?
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A user willing to get something from a web site will allot the site a number of patience units, a quota. The number of units depends on the site's expected outcome, or the interest of the user in that ...

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Does a list of checkboxes necessarily mean multiple choices?
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Back to Leo's original question, I guess that he has inherited a non-designed UI where a not-quite-expert programmer lumped together a bunch of checkboxes without further analysis, nearly at 3:00am. ...

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Why do we say we "browse" to a place on the Internet when we actually download a web server’s content to our browser?
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Download files (HTML, css, images ...) into the browser is a developer's vision. Going to a site is the user's vision. As UX practitioners we use techniques to visualize it (whatever it is) with ...

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What message should we use with under construction page?
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Web activity tends to convey a sense of immediateness, like for example looking for a word in a dictionary or purchasing tickets for a show to be performed later today. Users rush through the pages ...

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How to visualize similarity of one file to another?
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I recently solved a similar problem. I have thousands of mainly PDF files collected over years, and suspected that there were a lot of duplicate files. My solution was not at all as sophisticated as ...

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How to display a family tree in a horizontal timeline
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I fancy @Yisela's second example, the one that shows the lifespan of the persons, with a couple twists. But the final outcome depends on the purpose of the application: is it focused on historical ...

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Is it a good practice to have a session expiry popup with timer for user assistance
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As always, one has to think what's the use case, what's in the user's mind. Preserving the session saves the user to have to login again, but might also save her to have to fill again a long form. The ...

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Other solution than Wizard to set up complex object?
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Think of progressive disclosure. At the beginning you ask the user to enter values for the four basic parameters. When done the user signals it with a [done] button and the UI discloses the following ...

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Emphasize Label or Value?
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First, labels are not titles! As @marjan venema said in other question, labels are hardly ever titles. We could talk about titles if we had a form with sections, and the sections had titles. ...

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Triple-State (or Multi-State) UI Object (Button)
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On / Off is associated to the checkbox kind of button. Unselected is associated to grayed appearance of a disabled control. One way to do what you want would be to set big checkbox-like controls to ...

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Combobox-clutter... how to solve?
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I agree with @Girish about the radio-button preference. Especially for gender, where the option labels are short words. Another way to leverage the radio button advantage (explained by Girish) is to ...

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How could you indicate that data is 'copy and paste-able' but not editable?
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For the user to notice that the test is selectable, the cursor pointer has to become an insertion point vertical bar, like the one I see now as I'm writing this. This can be achieved by setting a ...

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What's used more to submit a search, enter or submit button?
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Both. I mean, any one. Usually the search box has an attached button with a magnifying glass. But, as the user most of the times has her hands in the keyboard (not in the mouse), the search artifact ...

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collecting items from a table
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A simple and straightforward UI. Like, splitting the screen in two parts, one for searching and the other for collecting. As nowadays screens tend to be wide, both parts can have good sizes. In such a ...

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Click and drag affordance
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One way would be to briefly flash a transparent big four-tipped arrow below the field when the cursor pointer enters it.

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Should static text be repeated in UI?
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If you want to reclaim the real estate consumed by the static text, and your users tend to be of recurring kind, then you might consider not showing it but instead displaying it as a tooltip. This is ...

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Best way to show many user actions for table rows?
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@talkol is so right! I'd add a detail: a tooltip (for that seasoned 4-year user) telling them to right-click to see the actions menu, except for the 1st column that should say open report or ...

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Why do users erase all the password when they hit one wrong key, instead of just the last wrong character?
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I think that in some cases the password is deleted as a whole because it's selected (usually shown as inverted white text on blue background). It gets selected when the user leaves the field and ...

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Positioning a secondary button within a form group with fields of varying widths
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Just as a test, I rearranged your single-column form (labels on top of inputs) as a two-column form (labels before inputs), thinking that the test button might appear misplaced because all the data ...

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What is the difference between site objectives and business requirements?
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Objectives There are business objectives and user objectives. Business objectives come from managers or stakeholders, like in adrianh's example: "increase the lifetime value of customers by 10%". ...

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In a long list of customers, how can I efficiently mark which have been edited?
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Currently the words 'updated', 'sales', and 'industry' appear on each row in red or green depending on the situation. I feel this is bad for page noise, space and colorblindness. Or, put the words/...

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How can I allow users to easily pair items from long lists?
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All options seem valid, and I would implement (almost) all of them. 1- Two lists with a text filter in each one so the users can shorten them by typing data. IMO the ideal filter finds the typed ...

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Is there any reason to send "no-reply" emails?
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Turn off the reply buttons If an email is not intended to be answered then the no-reply thing is completely valid. What is outrageous is that the [reply] button appears active. After so many years of ...

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