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I'm a programmer, and I come across the issue of naming UI elements on web pages often.

What are some good words/phrases?


  • Dialog popup
  • Modal Window
  • Alert Box
  • Image carousel

Is there a list of standardized UI metaphors somewhere?

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Are you asking about "good for user" or "good for developers"? Your example point towards the latter. – peterchen Jan 18 '11 at 22:25
What's the difference? – CamelBlues Jan 19 '11 at 0:14
Terms like 'modal dialog' are likely to be understood by programmers, but will rarely be understood by the average user. – Bobby Jack Jan 19 '11 at 0:28
as Bobby Jack said. A typical user does not know (or correctly interpret/use) terms like "popup" or "modal". They have a very precise meaning for techies, but for users, the meaning is vague at best. --- that means: use less, simpler, more common terms when communicating with users. – peterchen Jan 19 '11 at 12:26
you mean to say that between the designers and the users there is a vocabulary gap. something that the designers need to acknowledge and work to resolve. – Dan D. Feb 11 '11 at 20:18

Here's a great glossary for Web Design as a whole with lot of expressions you should know:

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