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Top new questions this week:

Why are monitors only at neck height by default?

Most computer monitors are too low. Almost everybody, at least once in their lives, has put a pack of printing paper, a cardboard box, or something else under their monitors stand to bring it to an ...

ergonomics industrial-design hardware  
asked by Martijn 59 votes
answered by JamesRyan 46 votes

Is the discount more important than the price?

I am working on a new app that list a lot of great deals and I was wondering what have the greater impact on user between the price and the discount. In other words : Are users looking for a low ...

user-behavior e-commerce price discount  
asked by Renaud 47 votes
answered by JohnGB 53 votes

Should users be allowed to use any special character they want when creating a password?

I came across a number of login configuration settings where there is a list of allowable special characters and was wondering: Does this limitation cater for a specific security or usability need? ...

usability user-behavior user-research password authentication  
asked by Okavango 47 votes
answered by DaveAlger 82 votes

Is it default that an English version is always Title Case, while other languages like Dutch don't use Title Case?

I have a multilingual site, and I wondered about this. It feels really inconsistent to use Title Case for one language, but normal casing for another language. Despite that, it seems to be common. ...

language localization title capitalization  
asked by Dirk Boer 27 votes
answered by the other one 37 votes

How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...

usability text readability typography capitalization  
asked by AlexC 22 votes
answered by rewobs 16 votes

Auto-creating new Items vs. "Add New" button

I'm iterating on a mortgage CRM system, which involves the broker providing previous incomes of the future home owner. Currently, the system "invisibly" provides a mechanism for creating new ...

usability buttons  
asked by user1429980 21 votes
answered by Jacktionman 27 votes

Is the mental model of time advancing to the right in charts globally accepted?

Is it a common mental model, that in a chart visualizing a time dimension, the time is advancing to the right? I'm currently working with the Internation Business Communication Standards (IBCS). They ...

time internationalisation mental-models culture rtl  
asked by stefan.s 20 votes
answered by Matt Obee 21 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the best color combination for on screen reading?

I work at an airline as a pilot and I am involved in the "paperless" project which aims to have no more paper in the cockpit - all the data should be accessible from tablet devices. We have a lot to ...

color typography color-combination  
asked by Wolkenjaeger 38 votes
answered by Michael Zuschlag 28 votes

Which way should be "on" for a switch?

Most of us use switches every day in various forms. And although there are sometimes general norms in countries as to which direction is "on", there is variation between countries. So when ...

physical affordance toggle intuitive  
asked by JohnGB 99 votes
answered by Benny Skogberg 62 votes

Can you answer these?

What was the reason behind total transition towards wide screen displays by the manufacturers?

I often hear complains by users who are not satisfied by the wide-screen monitors and prefer traditional screen ratios of 4:3 and 5:4. Unfortunately such monitors now are quite rare and the laptops ...

interface visual-design  
asked by Anixx 3 votes

What are the most effective ways to expose multiple product colorways?

On an ecommerce category page, what are some effective ways to expose multiple colorways/colors of a particular product? Standard practice seems to be a scale. On the one end you have the product ...

website-design e-commerce  
asked by Mike T 1 vote

How does help / user guidance design differ in niche specialist web applications compared to common web design guidelines?

Backstory I'm creating a tutorial/help/guidance system for a web UI. The backend of the system is a complex professional analysis & measurement tool originally launched in the mid 90's that has ...

help tutorial guidance  
asked by ILR 1 vote
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