Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object. To paraphrase, how simple is something to get some work done.

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Breadcrumbs in a modern web application, make sense? [closed]

I'm currently beginning with the development of a new web application. The whole web application is going to be bookmarkable and all the pages accesible via GET requests and url parameters. Having ...
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English term for “Naive user test” or “idiot test”

In usability testing, it's common to select a set of users who have never used the software before. I've heard this process described by programmers as the "idiot test", or sometimes "naive user ...
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Multiple APIs, or one API with a “chooser” parameter?

Say you have a web service, which adds business logic on top of a data source. What each API of this service pretty much looks like is - given a set of constraints, give me the items from the data ...
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Should I force users to update an application?

I'm writing an application for a medium sized company that will be used by about 90% of our employees and our clients. In planning for the future we decided to add functionality that will verify that ...
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Are animations and other eye candies considered non-functional requirements?

I've seen many lists on the internet that includes many 'ities' (maintainability, scalability, portability, etc), but I'm not sure if animations, screen transitions, and similar features are ...
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Remembering user credentials in standalone Application

I'm developing a standalone application using java, I have a Login screen, wherein user enters his username and password. For each instance of the application, user have to enter his credentials. From ...
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Has the syntax of any programming language been usability tested?

Before being release to the public, has the syntax of any programming language undergone usability testing? If so, what kinds of testing was performed, what were the results, and what impact did the ...
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How to handle encryption key conflicts when synchronizing data?

Assume that there is data that gets synchronized between several devices. The data is protected with a symmetric encryption algorithm and a key. The key is stored on each device and encrypted with a ...
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In scrum, how do you use “usability testing” in team?

I am currently reading some material by Jeff Patton regarding Agile and UX. http://www.agileproductdesign.com/presentations/index.html I was interested to find out from the community what UX design ...
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Authentication for 'participants' vs 'users'

I'm building a site that lets users schedule interviews/conferences with third parties and I'm wondering what's the best way to provide security around the participant experience while providing the ...
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Publishing an internal web app on the internet to a much larger group of users than before

My company has developed a web application based on GWT (Google Web Toolkit) and Ext GWT in the browser, JBoss application server and Oracle in the backend. The app allows users of different ...
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Are there any GUI or user interface design patterns? [closed]

I was curious about GUI design patterns, so I searched and got some information, including a list of UI patterns for the web. This UI patterns website says that: UI Patterns is a growing ...
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How can I improve my user interface and usability design skills? [closed]

I invested most my time and resources in programming, and now I think it's time I should invest some time in learning about user interface design, user experience, and usability. What are some good ...
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Any ideas for a good way to get HTML Text-To-Speech?

We do online e-learning without using any third party tools like Adobe Captivate / eLearning suite, and it would be great to (somehow) get some text-to-speech going. Is there any way at all to get ...
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If someone was making software, able to display content in any written language, what would they have to consider? [duplicate]

I know you'd have to use Unicode. And that Japanese is read vertically and reverse of English. What are some of the things one would have to take into consideration?
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How long can it take for a screen to appear before it's considered a performance issue?

I am involved with the development of a Windows application that has various screens. One of them takes ten seconds to appear with no spinner or other indication that the screen is loading. I consider ...
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What to do with a 7 button mouse as a programmer?

I just got a new mouse with 7 buttons. Is there any way to use these extra buttons in eclipse or emacs? Is it possible to have a mouse button for compiling? Do you have any other ideas how to use the ...
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Are web application usability issues equal to website usability issues?

I've been reading two books about web usability issues and tests (Rocket Surgery Made Easy┬╣ and Prioritizing Web Usability┬▓) and they claim some strategies and typical problems about website usability ...
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How do I determine which language/framework is best for our web-based project?

I'm in the early stages of development for a web application that has three developers (myself included) working on it. The project is, at its core, a web-based database that will be used by around ...
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Are gimmicks ever a good idea?

Are adding gimmicks to a website ever a good idea? What I mean by gimmick is adding "cool" features that solve no real problem. We are currently considering adding a "Magazine style" product viewing ...
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Working code and user needs

Programmers, like myself, often is too worried about if their code is really going to work, rather than how to communicate with the users. Scared of throwing an exception at the user, we test with ...
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Have you tried Usability Audit for your company's website? [closed]

We had a security audit and it was brilliant. Are there companies that do web usability audit?
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Consistency vs. Usability?

When designing an API, consistency often aids usability. However, sometimes they conflict where an extra API feature can be added to streamline a common case. It seems like there's somewhat of a ...
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“My stuff” vs. “Your stuff” in UI texts

When refering to a users stuff should you use My or Your, for example: My Cart | My Account | My Wishlist Or Your Cart | Your Account | Your Wishlist I found this article that argues for ...
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How do you conquer the challenge of designing for large screen real-estate?

This question is a bit more subjective, but I'm hoping to get some new perspective. I'm so used to designing for a certain screen size (typically 1024x768) that I find that size to not be a problem. ...
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Good resources for web form design and usability [closed]

Can anyone suggest good resources about web form design and usability for web applications? Especially complex forms with 15+ fields etc.
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If the bug is 5+ years old, then is it a feature?

Allow me to add details: I work at an institutional place with many coders, testers, QA analysts, product owners, etc. and here is something that bugs me: We have been able to sell crappy (albeit ...
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How do I convince my users not to use a sketch UI?

I recently worked on a prototype of a new system using Sketchflow, and now some key stakeholders are pushing for a sketched look & feel in the final product. To make matters worse, the people ...
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How do you organize your usability testings?

What is your process? How do you get feedback? What software do you use? (like Morae from TechSmith) Who does them? Have you measured how it positively affected the quality of your software? I'm ...
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Are captchas worth the decreased usability?

When is it useful to use a captcha? When is it an unnecessary hindrance? Is a captcha just a quick fix for the lazy/unexperienced programmer, or are they really the best way to prevent spam and bots? ...