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

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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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What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?

People who cannot read or write are named "illiterate". Does a word exist to qualify someone in the same position but about using a computer or a web application? This term would be really usefull ...
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What is the preferrable name for the Jobs / Careers / 'Work For Us' area of a website?

I am trying to talk a client out of changing the label "Careers" to "Jobs" or "Working with [my clients rather long name]". I have not tested this (yet) but my intuition is that "Careers" is a very ...
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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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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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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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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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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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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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Is Empathic Design a part of User Centered Design?

I stumbled across the Kano Model this morning, and didn’t know what it was. Searching for it I came across another term unknown to me; Empathic Design. Reading the characteristics of Empathic Design ...
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What is the UI pattern used for managing people in Google+ called?

I've tried to find more info on this particular UI pattern Google+ exposes, and I'm sure I've seen it before, but still, I haven't been able to find references to it. If you go to the Circles section ...
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Correct terminology for that circle/bubble with number of notifications in it?

Some applications will overlay some colored bubble/circle with a number to show how many unread messages/notifications or "things to do" are currently available. For instance, it's on Skype to show ...
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What is “elegant” design?

I'm sure you've either heard, read, or used "elegant" to refer to a good design, but does it have a specific meaning other than "great?" Is there a rubric you'd use to judge an interaction or design ...
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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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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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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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What's the term for expanding search results to include variations of a word?

It's not uncommon for a search engine to take a word that is searched for, say "vase" or "obscure", and extrapolate the results to include common versions of the word. So using the earlier examples, ...
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Is there a word for left-to-right and top-to-bottom?

When I was learning about web design, and I remember similar things from art classes, people said that the eye sees things the most on an object which are in a line from the top-left to bottom-right ...
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Why shouldn't we call it UX design or us UX designers?

I came across multiple different reasons why UX design should not be called design or why a UX designer is not really the designer of user experiences. For example: User experience (UX) cannot be ...
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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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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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Is there any special term for the area in site that takes the utmost attention?

We know the part in a site that is to carry an action is called "Call to Action". Similarly, is there any name for the part on a site that takes the utmost attention of a user? Or is the action ...
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How do I best explain 3 ways to divide a volume?

In this application, a user must choose one of 3 ways to divide a volume between a tank or tanks. Put everything into one sufficiently large tank. Divide the volume evenly into sufficiently many ...
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Hiring Web Designer/Usability Expert - What should I be looking for? [closed]

I work for a small data management/warehousing company that also focuses heavily on web applications. We are looking to "beautify" our existing web apps into something along the lines of mint.com or ...
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Is the term “Wizard” ubiquitous enough for a helper/walkthrough tool

We all know what a wizard is (no, not Luke Edwards)... but I'd like to know what peoples thoughts are on its use in the specific context of noob's with little to no experience beyond email and ...
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Explaining complex terms

I'm working on a financial services project, which includes a questionnaire. Some of the terms used in this questionnaire are financial and won't make sense to some users , but in order to explain ...
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How would you define 'levels of complexity'?

In the 'blog' about the ribbon design, Jensen Harris talks about complexity. I've always thought the levels of complexity were the number of 'clicks' needed to arrive at a certain submenu or screen ...
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Apply the legibility principles to screen reading

How to apply the legibility principles to screen reading? What is important point for it? What is the difference between the "legibility" and "readability"?
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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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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 is “user attribution” defined?

I am working on a concept around this topic and would like to clarify its meaning before designing a solution for it. Are there existing definitions of the terms "user attribution"? What is it ...
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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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Link to older posts should point to the left or right? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which direction indicates newer/older? At the end of a list of blog posts there is often a link to previous posts. Somtimes this link is extended with an arrow pointing ...
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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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What is the “horizontal user experience”?

I've come across several technical specification documents which refer to the "horizontal user experience" version of some application, but can't find a definition of this term. It isn't referring ...
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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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What do you call that interfacing zone?

What would you call the surface of contact which can activate an element when it passes over it. For example, the area that's covered is different whether you use a stylus, a finger or a mouse. In ...
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What do you call the square brackets in a camera app or QR scanner?

What do you call the square brackets used to target a barcode/QR scanner? I thought this would be called "reticle," but when I Google the term, all I see are circles with crosshairs. Is there a more ...
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How common is the phrase “context sensitive” outside of the computer science realm?

Upon the completion of developing a context sensitive help system for a new product, we have added a help button similar to this one (in addition to F1): The current tool tip text on this is ...
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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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What is an acceptable word to indicate a link?

We're working on an application in which users can add hyperlinks. However, we're having a hard time finding an acceptable word that is easily understood by our users. We've asked about 10 users and ...
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What is a good name for non-administrator users?

Not sure if this is the proper place for this question. In my opinion, it is related to user experience, but please correct me if I'm wrong. If you have a site/application that separate users with ...
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Is there a better term than ACCOUNT (as in User Account)

We are using "login" but I don't like that b/c it has a lot meanings: Verb (the act of logging in) Noun : their login ID ("what's my login"), ID and password (what's my login) their entire account ...
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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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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 to call a 'multi-valued string attribute' for the end user?

I am asking users to handle entities (here a subject) with multiple attributes. The first attribute shown here is a numeric value. The second is multi-valued text. desired experience: 1.5 desired ...
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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 are the little arrows called that hide additional details?

In UI design, sometimes settings are hidden behind a little arrow or "+" symbol. When the user clicks on it, the item expands to show additional details. Does this UI pattern have a name? Other ...
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what is the list for list of sexual orientation options in a dating website?

males and females sexual orientations in a terminology that is easy for the user to select them. Exmple .male straight , female straight including gay and lesbian and other kinds. please i am ...
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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 ...