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

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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 ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Does the average user understand the median?

I have a bunch of statistical data and I want to present a short summary to the user (non-technical consumer). Now I want to show an average and need to decide between arithmetic mean and median. From ...
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Distinguish Web Template and Web Theme

I am building my own CMS, and it's time to work with front-end stuff. I do research and am confused why Wordpress uses a folder named theme while Joomla uses template instead. (Can anyone explain ...
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Is there a name for the reflections used on Apple demo images?

If you look at the advertising image of any Apple product (just go on the apple homepage) you'll see that they all have the screen reflecting light in such a way that half the reflection is dark, the ...
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When “Cancel” is your action, how do you let the user cancel it? [duplicate]

In the application I'm working on, an admin user can see a list of tasks which have been scheduled to happen at certain times. The admin can choose to cancel these tasks. How does one phrase the ...
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Is the term account confusing when referencing the user of a site or app?

I'm currently working on a user menu for a site and I'm worried that the term Account could be confusing because of the nature of the relationship. Just like with a bank one user may have multiple ...
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Which phrase is better: “Sort chronologically” or “Sort by date”?

I'm adding on to an advanced search screen, the standard few sort orders: by date, by name, etc. I'm just wondering what the more commonly used/accepted way of phrasing it would be. "Chronologically" ...
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Multiple email input

In Live Mail, and I believe Google Mail too, you can specify multiple recipients within the same input box and separate them with either a tab, a space or a comma in some cases. This is also the same ...
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Does the UX of Obama's donate form demonstrate “phased obligation”?

I caught this term at a UX workshop recently, and jotted it down. A couple of weeks later, I can't find a reference for it - and I'm wondering if I misheard (miswrote?). "Phased obligation", as I ...
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Difference between VD,UI and UX? [duplicate]

I want to have a clear understanding of difference between user interface, user experience and visual design?
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Name of special character selection feature of mobile keyboards

I am working on a application, for which I intend to suggest the use of a feature similar to what is used on most smartphones' keyboards to select special characters: However, while it is easy to ...
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Name for a combo box that shows and edits multiple items?

Is there an accepted name for a UI element that allows the user to enter multiple values, displaying each value as visually distinct, and provides autocomplete matching like a combo box? Examples ...
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User Experience Designer / Interaction Designer - Who Am I? [closed]

I have been into User Experience area since last 1.5 Years. Still a newbie here. UX is a fresh concept to my organization. And I & Organization are working together to make UX an integral part of ...
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Is there a name for a “search” box which does more than just search?

My team and I are developing a search box which will allow for more than just searching. The goal is to allow users to do not only complex queries, but also use the box for go-tos and some ...
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How to explain to my client the difference between Front End and Back End?

I'm currently managing a project to bring a medium-sized shop into the online world for the first time. The very non-technical shop owner is failing to understand what "front-end" and "back-end" ...
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Synonym for 'GUI' for non-technical people?

Does anyone know a good synonym for 'GUI' that non-technical people will understand? Or a simple sentence explaining it that still won't scare them off? I mean this in the context of, for example, ...
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What is the difference between user journey and task flow

I was wondering if you could explain me what is the difference between a user journey and a task flow? I tried to read and look for example images in Google...and I can't find the difference between ...
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Label for a results page: List View vs.?

I'm working on a look-up tool that enables users to search for various physical assets that they own, and present them with a number of "results", either in a List View or in an Overview ...
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Contact page. Which is the better wording?

What is the most appropriate Contact page title for a website? Contact, Contacts, Contact us or other? Contacts is used, among others, in iOS and Android. Seems to me more related to a list of ...
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What do you call pseudo-values in a Dropdown List (for example)

This is a simple terminology question. If you have a dropdown list (as an example) with user-defined values, what do you call values such as "All", "None" that you might also have in the list? For ...
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Nomenclature: Folder or Directory in UI?

I often see the terms "folder" and "directory" being used in user interfaces as well as in programming almost as synonyms. Do I have to stick with one? or can I use both interchangeably? Do users ...
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Is the term 'real-time' understood outside the tech community?

We are making a website for pixel art that will have a diverse audience. Our leading tagline for the site is: "Real-time, collaborative pixel art." Real-time meaning updates to the pages will be ...
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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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What’s the origin of the metaphor “cloud”?

Today we use the term “cloud” without thinking about it. We use it mainly in terms of storage online, far away and unreachable. We can’t plug in a USB memory in the cloud to download data. We plug the ...
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Should we use Microsoft's feature names, or our own? “Autofilter” vs “Column filter”

Many Microsoft softwares, like the Office suite and the Windows Explorer, feature a type of column filter that they have dubbed the Autofilter. It filters rows based on column content. It adapts the ...
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What's it called when a post 'brings' in multimedia content from another site, like YouTube or Flickr?

I was just curious if there was a term? Is this a onebox? It seems like we have to explain it when there should be a term. Like this:
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Persona has to be a person? Difference between Brand ambassador, mascot and persona? Validating persona

Actually, these are three inter related sub questions. Q1. Does Persona have to be a person because ultimately whatever we will create (product/service) that will be used by human being only, and ...
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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 ...