A natural language is any language which arises in an unpremeditated fashion as the result of the innate facility for language possessed by the human intellect.

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How to say “Your file has been modified (somewhere else) since you last opened it” in a few word. With two choices

I am using a dropbox api and building a code writing app for iPhone (so my space is very limited). When the user opens a file, Dropbox gets notified. If the file gets opened in another location (like ...
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Links on a 404 page: simple navigation or natural-language help?

I'm designing a new 404 page and I was wondering: should a 404 page simply have a list of relevant links, or should it try to solve users' problems using natural language? For example, Apple uses a ...
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Is there a standard list of the most popular modern web usage terms/labeling?

I am working on style guidance for a enterprise app. The name of the UI components within the app is not consistent. Is there any standard list of web name, terms or labeling as a reference for making ...
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Graphical alternatives to mini-language to operate on large sets

I am currently collaborating to a draft proposal for a new system where the main goal is to plan and then manage "assets" to satisfy "needs". An example (intentionally vague) - let's suppose you want ...
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Is number agreement necessary?

I want to display some attributes with a cardinal number. The following is an example with a software testing framework, but this question applies to more general cases: 1 Error 4 Success 5 ...
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“Back to Top” alternate wording?

Seems that a "Back to Top" button is helpful and useful — especially for mobile sites. However, on websites that want to come across as "classy", it may sound a little primitive. Personally, I ...
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Does the language on error message convey correct?

We are developing carpool app. Does the language reflect politeness and accuracy in intension?
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Do users object to homepages which contain a full section consisting of a contact form?

I've recently had users test a prototype for a new portfolio site for my company. The homepage is almost like a one-page site in that it has distinct sections, although each section links to another, ...
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Domain Specific Language for Stock/Inventory Management [closed]

I'm looking at implimenting a DSL, for managing inventory/orders. In this case it is for a game (Minecraft, with computercraft + Applied Energistics), however it could as reasonably be a real world ...
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Visually Displaying Search Results

I have an app where the user can enter free form text and I do a natural language search. The results that come back contains the search results and also evidence from where the results were from. I ...
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Natural language vs. Tech language?

Redesign of eBay reminds me of an old debate I had with fellow UX designers: is natural language always better than artificial tech language (even if it addresses clear mental model)? Let me give you ...
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English: gender neutral strings for named people in programs?

Assuming that you think "singular they" is an ok construction in english (e.g. "Some person will lose their keys" - article: ...
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What is the most familiar wording of linking to a PDF file?

For certain industries and user-bases, it can make sense to include a link to a PDF version of a HTML web page — so that visitors can either view or download it. From a recognizability and ...
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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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How to interpret vague date input in a search query

This is a follow-up to this question Would an "around" search token make any sense? If someone is performing a search by date would having an "around" this date feature be useful, and if ...
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Programs or markup viewers for legal or logical content?

I am interested in user interfaces that represent legal argumentation and/or logical reasoning. For professionals dealing with complex reasoning and argumentation that is mainly language-based, what ...
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Can I optimize this command-line interface?

I am designing a command-line interface for users and administrators to interact with an online radio system. One of the administrator tasks is assigning songs and albums to various genres. This is ...
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How can I make a Lucene-backed search interface more humane?

A client has a search engine (Lucene) and it is not performing well with users, partly because page metadata is really vague and non-descriptive and also because users -- if I am to beleive the ...