Questions regarding software interaction with its human users.

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System evolution approach: gradual or cataclysmic?

When working on established systems, I've often found ways to improve a user interface to maximize user efficiency (example: legacy app maintenance screen doesn't allow multi-line operations where ...
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How Should “Undo Typing” Behave?

I'm implementing a Java app that includes an Undo/Redo stack. I've noticed that some apps (such as TextEdit on Mac OS X) let you choose "Undo Typing" from the Edit Menu after typing some text. I'd ...
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Polling and control devices

I am in the early stages of planning for an input device which will consist of some as-yet-to-be determined number pf physical controls. From previous experience with such devices I have found that it ...
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creating simple states for a stateless input

Given an input device (basically a keyboard) that reports keyup and keydown, how may I most efficiently store and retrieve information about which keys are currently depressed? My first thought was a ...
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handling rules applied to a set of checkboxes, radio buttons or form fields

I've been wondering about applications that have a set of checkboxes or radio buttons, even collections of form fields in their UI. At this moment I'm handling all the choices separately but of ...
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Automated object creation from user input

I am working on a command-line application that runs simulations. It has to be heavily configurable; the user should be able to provide a very large number (100+) of parameters, some mandatory and ...
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Why is the UI of nowadays application getting so “plain”? [closed]

Take a look at Google, Windows 8, etc. Why does everything look so plain now? Looks really ugly to me. Is it all because of smartphones and tablets? Do I have to follow that trend?
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Object locking over Internet

I am building a tutoring application that can be used to draw objects and then one is able to drag them around. I would like to know what is the best thing to do when someone clicks on an object and ...
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What data structure could a word processor use to map the user's caret position/text selection to its internal representation of the document?

Word processors (e.g. Microsoft Word) display documents to the user as styled text. The user can select a part of this text and apply styles to it, and edit the text. The word processor must (I ...
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Desktop application, dependency injection

I am thinking of applying a real dependency injection library to my toy C#/GTK# desktop application. I chose NInject, but I think this is irrelevant to my question. There is a database object, a main ...
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Internationalization messages based in views or in model entities

I have a small webapp in java and I am adding the internationalization support, replacing texts with labels that are defined in dictionary files. While some texts are obviously unique to each view ...
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Time tracking and payment registration architecture

Тitle might be a little bit incorrect. :) Anyway, I'm building a software where employees input time they worked per day (work hours) and employer "pays" for this time. "Payment" is done outside this ...
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How much detail is in a good UI regression test?

We use a detailed step-by-step user-interface regression test for our commercial web application. It has a "backbone" test for the most used / most important parts of the system, with optional tests ...
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Is it a good idea to design an architecture thinking that the User Interface classes can be replaced by a command line interface?

In Code Complete page 25, it's said that it's a good idea to be able to easily replace the regular user interface classes by a command line one. Knowing its advantages for testing, what about the ...
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Are there any programming fonts with oldstyle figures? [closed]

I find that oldstyle (or text) figures are much easier to read in any context outside of simple assignment. Are there any low-ambiguity fonts, monospaced or proportional, that have text figures and ...
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How to create a cool user interface for an excel file in java or C#? [closed]

I have an excel file with many sheets and relations between theme (ie, formulas that relates sheets to each other). I wanna create the user interface for this excel file.in other words I wanna create ...
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How should a website validate a users mailing address?

This is for a site that relies on shipping items via UPS or FedEx. I know there is software out there that does it (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coding_Accuracy_Support_System), but if you are trying ...
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Most recent vs Most used [closed]

We are building a business application (a laboratory management system to be more precise) mostly for internal company use only. To make it easier for users to find items which they work on we are ...
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Need some advice on CLI design, I need to provide simple but powerful command line options

I am writing a utility that runs on RHEL5 command line. I need my command line options to be simple but powerful. I looked at the various UNIX utilities to get an idea of how simple command line ...
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Why doesn't Microsoft release UX frameworks to build UI's like their current UIs?

When I started learning programming with the .NET framework, I started by using WinForms as a UI technology. It uses “classic” menus just like this office 2000: A few years later Office 2007 was ...
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UI message passing programming paradigm [closed]

I recently (about two months ago) read an article that explained some user interface paradigm that I can't remember the name of and I also can't find the article anymore. The paradigm allows for ...
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Can I use metro style interface in my own web application?

I am wondering if I would need to license the Metro style or if I can just freely use it in my own applications. I mean, is it patented or protected in any way that would prevent me from building my ...
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'dock' working in simple words

I would like to know the idea behind the working of 'docking' in applications. I have worked with applications where components from individual forms are docked on a single main form to provide the ...
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Apply vs. Ok buttons [closed]

Often when configuring settings, applications have both an "Apply" and an "Ok" button. Should the "Ok" button always perform the "Apply" before closing the window out? Are there pros and cons to doing ...
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Build functionality around the design, or the other way around?

When you build an application, is it better to design the UI first (in Photoshop or whatever), then implement the functionality following the UI you just designed, or do the programming and build the ...
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Adding a forum to an existing site

I've got a site with ~500 registered members, 300 of which are what you'd call "active". Site data is kept in a MySQL dbase. I'd like to add a myBB forum to the site, but this question applies to any ...
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What's the term describing this system for generating user interfaces?

So, there's this idea, which you already know: Define the layout of your UI by creating a tree of panels. The leaf nodes on the tree are what we used to call 'controls' way back in the day-- the ...
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Creating a line of business application with Visual Studio Isolated Shell

I ask this to the pros out there - Is it feasible to build a new LOB(Line Of Business) application with VS Shell as an stand alone application. There are some points that I thought needs to changed, ...
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Do people use any tools to make Rich UI on Web Application? [closed]

As titled, take ASP.NET/Perl/PHP for example. Because I don't have chance to work with UI Designer/or know anyone like that, so I really wonder do they use any tools to do the UI design? I don't ...
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Cost of design based on the cost of programming

What is your methodology when you need to determine the cost of UI design if you know the cost (work hours) of programming in some project? Let's say, programming of logic in some project cost X ...
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What is the “architecture” that provides functionality to application-level URI interfaces, like chrome:// and Firefox's about:config, etc?

According to Wikipedia, about is an internal URI scheme (also known as a "URL scheme" or, erroneously, "protocol") in various web browsers to display certain built-in functions. It is not an ...
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How could I implement multitouch gestures without a start event?

While working on multitouch, one of the problems I've run into is the fact that nobody seems to do gesture recognition without some kind of init event, whether it's a mouseclick or contact with a ...
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UI Developer Interview Question

I keep getting the following question in interviews; and judging from the reactions I've gotten, I'm not giving the best answer. "What methodology do you use for developing user interfaces?" Which ...
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How can I separate the user interface from the business logic while still maintaining efficiency?

Let's say that I want to show a form that represents 10 different objects on a combobox. For example, I want the user to pick one hamburguer from 10 different ones that contain tomatoes. Since I want ...
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Separating the UI from its event handlers and database queries

Is it a good practice to separate the handlers and database queries in different classes? There will be a separate class containing all the necessary event handlers, and there would also be another ...
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How come the design process is so different for Web Design and GUI Design?

I had the opportunity to develop applications in several niches: server back-end, desktop clients, and recently a small scale website. Once indulged in the website design I am asking myself and you ...
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Design For Asynchronous User Interface

I have been working on a integration that has posed an interesting user interface conundrum that I would like suggestions for. The user interface is displayed within a third party product. The state ...
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Where can I find inspiration for a good user interface? [closed]

I've got a mental block as far as desigining the main screen interface for a desktop application that I'm currently upgrading. When I first developed this program the screen resolution was 640 X 480. ...
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What is the user-experience best practice for an alternative to popup windows? [closed]

I'm still new to web design/development. I'm working on a data entry form for an internal system at work. On the form, the user can select an office from a list queried from a database. (The backend ...
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Should I start developing code before planning out the interface?

I'm starting a gaming project on the side of my normal school/work projects and I'm wondering if I should start planning out the user interface before starting an actual project in code. I see some ...
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What's the proper way to organize ViewControllers and XIB?

I am developing a very simple iPhone game with this view hierarchy: Main Menu View └> New Game View | └> Player vs Computer Game View | | └> Pause View | | └> End ...
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mistyping pattern data?

Can someone point me to data or research on the patterns of mistyping on a keyboard? For instance, I've noticed that google will sometimes auto-correct a word that I've mistyped because my hand was ...
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Books on custom iPhone interface development? [closed]

I have been looking around for a book on designing and developing custom interfaces for iOS but I don't seem to be able to find any books on this topic and I was wondering if anyone here knew of any ...
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Should I be able to design good interfaces and produce quality content?

I'm just coming into my final year of university so I'm going to start looking for jobs as a software developer and I just wanted to know just how important it is to be able to design good looking ...
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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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Is there a name for the new “shake phone” interface convention?

Some mobile applications leverage the fact that smart phones have motion sensitivity to provide a "shake" feature. For example, I believe Urban Spoon has an app with which you can view a ...
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Separating the database, API, and the interface

Most of my projects start small. Many times I start with a web page (1 file) that has the code to... select stuff from the database => display it to the user and offer editing => receive the edits ...
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What problem does automated user interface testing solve?

We are currently investigating automated user interface testing (we currently do automated unit and integration testing). We've looked at Selenium and Telerik and have settled on the latter as the ...
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What is easier to do with web applications compared to native GUI applications?

I have the impression that more and more applications with a user interface use HTML+CSS+JavaScript client-side instead of a native GUI framework. I wounder what are the most important driving forces ...
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Javascript, Text Annotations and Ideas

I am very curious to hear input from others on a problem I've been contemplating for some time now. Essentially I would like to present a user with a text document and allow him/her to make ...