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

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Is there a difference between affordance and discovery?

Looking at the UX principles that mozilla use as keywords to tag bugs in bugzilla it looks like ux-affordance and ux-discovery are very similar: ux-affordance — controls should visually express ...
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Why do we say UX for User Experience rather than UE?

The term User Experience goes back to Don Norman sometime in the early 90s. But where did the abbreviation UX, rather than UE, come from? I'm guessing that it was influenced by the release of ...
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What do you think is a better label “New” or “Add”

At the moment I am building a web application that stores a lot of data inside of tables. In each of the pages containing the tables the users have many actions; they can add, delete, or edit the ...
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Which UI design pattern is this? (progress bar at the top of an article)

On this page there is a progress bar at the top which progresses as you scroll down. I’m really intrigued by this UI pattern. Does anyone know its name or its origin?
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What do you call a form that changes based on users answers?

I am looking for what to call the UX idea of a form that changes based on the answers a user has entered. For example a web form that asks: Are you satisfied with your purchase? If you answer ...
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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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How broad is the definition of affordance?

While discussing the need for affordances to be consistent, comments between me and JeroenEijkhof indicate we don't have a similar interpretation of the term 'affordance'. I claimed that something ...
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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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Are users comfortable with the term 'portal'?

I am building a site for managing datasets. The home page will be a portal displaying summary info about the user's datasets and other datasets in the system. I'm trying to decide what to call this ...
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Why is it called a breadcrumb?

When Hansel and Gretel laid down a bread crumb trail, the birds ate it and they got lost. The pebble trail is what got them home.
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no-reply@yourdomain.com or a real address?

For authentication emails and various other one-way communication applications often use no-reply@yourdomain.com. This comes across as unfriendly when compared to something like hello@yourdomain.com. ...
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How to convey a true/false value to a user?

I'm developing an application where users will be allowed to create custom fields that are part of a record, in addition to the fields that are provided by default. Users will be able to choose names ...
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n-to-n selector UI [duplicate]

I am looking for a name of one specific UI element. I have unsuccessful tried to identify it before but this attempt failed. What I am looking for is an n-to-n selector where items move between two ...
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What's the definition of “Usability”?

I'm looking for a clear, single-sentence definition of usability. A short definition of usability would make it much easier to convince people that usability is worth investing in. For example, a ...
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What is the difference between a 'slider', a 'gallery' and a 'carousel'?

From a pattern perspective is there a difference? Or are they really different names for the same thing?
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Is there a proper term for lists of removable tags?

I call them "tag blocks" but I don't think that's correct. The pattern is a block of textual information with the X to remove it. It can be seen in some places after adding a file to let you remove ...
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Term for menu that appears at the top of many webpages

What is the term for the menu that appears at the top right of many webpages? Here are two examples:
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Name of the touch-ui “overscroll” feature?

What is the common/correct term for the "overscroll" feature very prominent in touch interfaces when scrolling a list of items? Description: When scrolling a list of items, the user can scroll over ...
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Name or data on this error alert phenomenon?

This is just a curiosity on my part, but I'm wondering if there's a name or studies for what I'm going to describe. I've noticed in many UX scenarios, not just computer related, that when there's an ...
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What is the term for the contents of a tab?

In a tabbed interface, each tab has... "content" associated with it. Each tab has distinct "content"; e.g. in a web browser, it would be a web page. And each tab's "content" gets stuffed into a single ...
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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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What's the terminology for bad practice around emulating browser functionality in your website?

Background We've just updated one of our 10-year old web applications and in doing so have removed a "back" and "forward" button on the main menu. Our reasoning behind this change is that the web ...
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Is it a problem if a word describing a software action has additional controversial meanings in the real world?

Is it a problem if a word describing a software concept has additional potentially controversial meanings in the real world? To name some examples: icon - in software it is a small image which ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Should we re-think the use of the word “Save”

Inspired by discussions on using the floppy disk icon for save button, and how this might not be good enough nowdays since nobody uses floppy disks anymore, I started thinking of the word "save" ...
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Name for a rule about re-using terminology

Does the rule "Don't use the same name/word to refer to two different things" have a name, and, if so, what is that name?
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What is the term for a numeric input field of a specific format?

There are new HTML5 input types being defined for commonly used numeric input types such as date, time, telephone number, etc. These terms refer to a specific input format based on the type of numeric ...
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Proper term for conjoined choice buttons

I'm thinking of using a set of "conjoined choice buttons" to let the user filter a table of highscores. It would look sort of like this: _______________________________ ( ##EVERYONE##| FRIENDS | ...
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What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%". I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
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What is the formal name for an information block in a webpage?

The upper right of the following page has a block labelled "How to Format". What's the formal name for this element in GUI design?
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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 is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites?

What is the top navigation bar called when it is common to a suite or network of sites with a common login, as in StackExchange, 37 Signals (Basecamp, Backpack, etc.), or Google Apps for Your Domain? ...
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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?
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What is the difference between a UX Designer and a Product Manager?

The title is pretty self explanatory, but the context is that a new project with a small team will need the work of a product manager and the work of doing the UX both to get done. The company ...
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What is the term for numeric textboxes with arrows?

I was wondering whether there was a standard UI term for numeric textboxes with arrows that allow you to change the numeric value up or down, provided by some UI toolkits like Winforms. Here's an ...
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What to use - “Login” or “Sign in”? What about both?

I was trying to make up my mind whether to use "Login" or "Sign In" in the project I am working on by going through various well known websites. In my project, user can log in using either Facebook or ...
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What's the best term to refer to the pointy part of a comic-book-style balloon UI element?

In discussing balloon-ish UI elements, I've described the pointy part as 'points', 'arrows' or 'spikes', and that seems to get the idea across to many people alright... but I find myself falling ...
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What are good synonyms for “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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What should I call content that drops down, without calling it a dropdown?

I'm sketching out an interface in which links, which clicked, reveal a group of configuration options for that item. (slides down, accordion style) One element in that group of the configuration ...
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What's the difference between the terms “affordances” and “signifiers”?

I do not understand the difference between the concepts affordances and signifiers. I am given the following definitions: Affordances: "Relationship between properties of an object and the ...
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Difference between Tiles and Cards?

We are developing a platform and we need to show a visual way the most relevant information from different sources to the users. The user need to interact with this "pieces of information" and this ...
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Help or support?

I'm interested in the difference between using the words help or support when used in the context of customer help/support on a website or application. Which would you use and why? As always any ...
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What's a better way to refer to an Intranet site?

I've found most of our users are totally unaware of the term, though it's plastered on the front page of our Intranet site and the desktop icon they use to get to the site is labeled "(Company) ...
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Is there a difference between “blocked” and “banned”?

I've been requested to make a UI that allows to block/ban users from logging in. In the wireframes I've been provided, they use the term "blocked". But I feel like a better term for this would be ...
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What is modal about a modal dialog?

I'm reading a lot about modal dialogs. I know(?) what modal means, having read Raskin's "The Humane Interface". I can understand what's modal about a toolbar in a drawing program (select mode, draw ...
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Term for “pre-login” pages

When using a web application, there are certain pages displayed "outside" of the main application, typically prior to login. Examples include: Login, recover password, registration, etc. Some time ...
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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 ”User Friendly” a valid term in User Experience?

I remember that we had a fierce discussion in school around the term “User Friendly” where our lecturer with emphasis stated that “… there is no such thing as user friendly. The only valid term you ...
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Should we call our achievement system something else?

The company I work for has two public sites; one is just our main WWW site and the other is a site dedicated to our members. I'm a developer there and I'm working on an achievement system for our ...
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Is there a name for this instant filter search pattern?

I've been trying to find a jQuery plugin which creates behavior similar to that of Stack Exchange user searches. The user search used on Stack Exchange sites is not an auto complete, but is more akin ...