Words used to describe or identify things, either from the user or designer's perspective.

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What is the best “human” term alternative to the jargon “field”? (as in “please fill in all fields on the form”) [duplicate]

I have an error message " please fill in all fields" (if they don't fill in all the fields). But field seems to jargony to me. Looking for a better work.
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What is the proper name for this UX feature?

When I'm working in a programing IDE, I would call this feature "Code hinting", or "code completion". However, in the context of form field, what would this feature be called? The main reason I am ...
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What's the difference between “research” and “discovery”?

Two pillars of user experience legwork -- research and discovery*. But what's the difference between them, really? In practice, I've heard the terms used nearly interchangeably, and sometimes it ...
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What is the correct name of the GMail status box? [duplicate]

GMail shows a very useful UI elements which is the yellow status box that appears when an image is deleted, for example. The features of that elements are that it shows a short text, it can have ...
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Is 'a user' he or she? or none?

Writing use cases is a very important task. It helps stake holders, project members, developers and architects to focus on specific needs for users. I find joy in writing use cases. But sometimes I ...
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Is there a less technical term than “required field” when marking fields with an asterisk?

Recently the question Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form? was asked with the top-rated answer saying that in messages, you should instead refer to the information that is ...
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Do we “exit”, “quit” or “close” an application?

Do we “exit” an application, do we “quit” an application, do we “close” an application? This is in relation to a desktop app. What is the most meaningful term to use?
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Is the term 'field' too technical when giving messages on a form?

When writing help or validation messages on a form I usually write something along the lines of: "This field is required" "5 fields need to be corrected on this form" etc Is the term field too ...
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What is meant by “page-level”?

My primary interest is understanding it in the context of information architecture, e.g.: ... you should group and structure information at the page level and enforce rigorous user testing. In ...
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Do you call a clockwise logic line still clockwise if it's rotated counter clockwise?

Just like my last question, i have another terminology related question. In my drawing app, the user can set a logic line which can detect other objects touching or passing the line and removing those ...
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How do i call my buttons to return to a previous screen

For a specific project drawing app, i have a bit of a problem with the terminology of some of the buttons. Namely the buttons to save a drawingboard and to return to the drawingboard 'gallery'. In ...
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“Tags” vs “Topics” as terminology for the masses?

StackExchange uses "Tags" which I feel might be more geared towards a tech-savvy audience. For the mainstream users, do you think "Tags" works or would they understand "Topics" better?
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Can the term “sitemap” also apply to software apps?

A client requested us that he needed the number of pages for the app we are thinking to build. And I came across with this curious question: is that list of pages called "sitemaps" also in a ...
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Is there better wording for a tree relationships than sibling/child?

I am working on an application that has a number of hierarchical datagrids. There is a need to specify the relationship, for instance, when you are adding an element to that hierarchy. Currently we ...
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“Save As” vs “Clone”

We have a system where a user can view database records in a GUI application. The main purpose of the GUI is for creating and editing these records. We are now developing a feature whereby a user ...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save Target ...
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Most suitable text for “Saved Queries” for non-tech users

My website has an option to search and drill down people by various data points. To enable them to save these filters for future use, there is an option to save the filter criteria. I don't want to ...
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Other terms to choose between an absolute or relative distance?

We have a control to define a distance between 2 objects. This distance can either be absolute (2 in, 15mm, ...) or relative (50 %, ...). The control behaves differently when working with units ...
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What are the differences between features and components?

My boss asked me to change a software installation. He wants to change the word features to components. I'm not sure about the meaning of this change. I've gone ahead and implemented this at his ...
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What's the multi-window interface in Visual Studio called? Where can I find it?

The style from Visual Studio (pictured above) is perfect for a program I'm writing, but I don't know what it's called or if there are any libraries that provide this functionality. The key points of ...
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What is more accurate “Click in the checkbox” or “Click on the checkbox”

I have a checkbox on one of the pages i am designing. My original suggestion was to have this text "Click on the checkbox....". However the technical writer is saying it should be "Click in the ...
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Where did 'you are not your user' originally come from?

I been discussing the history of UX - particularly a term I use so much: 'you are not your user'. Where did this widely used term actually come from?? Far as i can remember/tell/find that source ...
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Which are the main disciplines that UX comes from? [duplicate]

User Experience is a practice which has historic roots in multiple other disciplines, uniting and combining them to provide something new. What are the building blocks of UX and what role do they ...
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Touch interface in android phones

What are the dots used for horizontal scrolling called? These light up to show what screen the user is on.
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Where can I find a list of names for mobile ui components?

Long ago when I was just a lad, I sat in my Votech computer programming class and learned Visual Basic. Visual Basic proved a wonderful primer for learning about UI components and their names. I ...
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Is there an established name for long scrolling web pages? [duplicate]

Is there a name for very long scrolling web pages like the Android KitKat page? I am trying to Google for CSS tutorials and other examples, but have no idea what the design is called.
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What are the differences between user flows, task flows and workflows?

I'm looking to clarify the differences/overlaps between the three and, if the terminology isn't accurate establish the correct terminology
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Desktop metaphor - Why is it called “windows”?

The desktop metaphor is modelled after a real life desk with files and folders on top and useful items (calculator, trash bin...) nearby. And when we take something in our hands to examine it more ...
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Different experience in simulation and real system

I couldn't find a better match of SE site to ask than UX. My question is what is the technical term when a user have difficulty (cognitively speaking) of using a real system because the user was ...
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How would you describe the way visual design contributes to the user experience?

When a website or product looks good, users enjoy using it more (assumption). They may even have more patience with the interface, regardless if there are usability issues, etc. How would you, ...
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Shall I use the term 'Gallery' or 'Library' for a collection of items?

I have a collection of items that a user can choose from. I need to give this collection a name but I am unsure as to what. I don't want to use the collection name 'Saved Items' as this will confuse ...
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How to call collectively top-level elements of the interface common to different screens

I am looking for a common, collective word that describes major parts of the interface of a web-app which are seen on many different pages/screens, as opposed to parts of the interface specific to a ...
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Which is the more common term used: Preferences or Settings?

Given that preferences and settings are roughly equatable to users of websites, it seems the more commonly used term would be preferable for the sake of being more readily understood. I haven't been ...
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How to describe checked and selected items on the use interface unambiguously

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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Vocabulary for a common interface bug

As I am building more sites with more asynchronously-loaded features, I am running up against a certain type of negative effect, which I am also finding quite a lot while browsing the web: 1) User ...
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What's a better term for database “front-end” vs “back-end” for non-technical users?

I routinely develop small data collection systems for a variety of purposes. One issue I frequently encounter is what to refer to the front-end as to users. They're just about tech-savvy enough to ...
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Is the term second degree customer/user/client acceptable or easy to understand? What is a better alternative?

I am trying to describe a situation in which you design a product for a company, and they use it to engage with their customers. So from my own perspective, the company would be the primary (or first ...
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What is the true defintion of a UX Designer?

I often see job listing with UX Designer/Developer. Sometimes just UX Designer. I want to know following things: What is the true definition of a UX designer? And why it is sometimes both designer ...
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What is a layman's term for internet-enabled or web-enabled?

I need a better term for internet-enabled or web-enabled that a non-technical person would understand includes their smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, smartTV, etc.
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What does “form factor” mean when referring to software?

I'm asking about when the term is used in context of software UI. I see Wikipedia articles related to hardware when Googling the term, but not sure what people mean when they refer to it in context ...
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Username vs “My Library” for media collection menu bar link

My application has two libraries: a user's private library and the application's public library. The user has no user profile, just a settings page and their library, listing the content they've ...
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What is the best wording to describe an item that is selected to be more important?

I have a list of insurance quotes that are being displayed in a table. The users will be able to select which quotes are more important by clicking on a "star, flag, etc" which will allow them to ...
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What's another term for “filter”

I'm working on a filtered search. While the term "filter" perfectly describes its functionality, some of the parts being filtered are...filters. There might be some confusion with users thinking of ...
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Does the disappearing floating menu bar in use by Facebook and others have a name?

What I'm talking about is the Status / Photo / Check In bar in this image: It's visible when you're at the top of the scroll view, or after you scroll up and let go. It slides away when you scroll ...
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Is the notion of “like”ing content too closely tied of Facebook?

We are implementing a "like" feature on our web product, but we want to avoid being tied or compared to Facebook. While our functionalities differ vastly, we do utilize a "news feed" style of content ...
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Two common general terms on the same screen

I recently raised an issue with my team about having two input areas on the screen using two similar terms that might cause confusion to the user. On the screen there is a field to enter comments and ...
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What are alternatives to the verb “follow”?

I'm designing a mobile app that has an independent activity feed. One option on items in the feed is to "follow" individual stories/threads. What verbiage can I use to convey the idea of "following" a ...
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In user instructions, which term is more widely understood to mean a character A thru Z, letter, alpha or something else?

In the terms of a search where a user can enter an account number into a text field, what is the most straight forward instruction for a group that may not be tech savvy. download bmml source ...
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How to display NumPad keys to user

We are trying to map how a user will see key presses for custom hotkeys. However, there is some debate which I cannot find a standard for: How to display the number pad keys: num1, num2, numPLUS, ...
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Is there a standard name for ios-style cross-sliding lists?

I'm looking for a name of iOS-style nested <ul>'s. I'm simply talking about the extremely common navigation where you tap a list item (usually with an arrow next to it) and then the screen ...