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

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UI terminology: Template tags vs object (categorization) tags

We are designing a business application that uses tags (like Stackexchange tags) for categorizing all manner of things. Nearly any object can be taggable and these tags are used for filtering, ...
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What is Opinion based and fact based?

I attended a UX meetup today, the speaker was pointing out that UX is all about transforming an opinion based design to fact based. I really don't understand what is opinion and fact based ...
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What do we call asking for the minimum information required to do the task?

We have all got kind of used to all kinds of things requiring information they have no reasonable need to. Eg a forum requiring your phone number, address and occupation. A raffle requiring more or ...
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What to call the specific pinch gesture

Pinch is used to refer to the thumb and index finger either coming together or moving apart. Therefore, just to refer to it as pinch isn't exactly accurate because I need to refer to the exact ...
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What's the best word/label to put on a multitask button?

We have a web app. It currently has a button which opens a modal window. This modal window has quite a lot of functions in it. Here they are: Generate a PDF of the selected products (the most ...
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Wording for an application/sub-system that allows editing user profile pages

I am brainstorming for an application and I am struggling to get the terminology correct. The application has a profile page which the user can edit and an admin page. The users will have a profile ...
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What is this hover menu on mobile website called? is it custom built or third party tool?

I stumbled upon this great browsing experience on reuters mobile site. It uses hovering menu, when clicked opens up a number of other tools such as search, share, font, etc. I was wondering what it ...
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What would a “reset to factory settings” term be for a digital app?

I am developing an app in which I want to have a command to remove all user data and delete all preferences, bringing the state of the app back to the way it was the day it was downloaded. However, ...
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How to make the user feel Positive

We are developing a mobile app. The design needs to share a positive experience to the user. Currently once a user confirms a rider in his vehicle, the CANCEL button leaves the user a bit negative. I ...
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Verbiage and Icons for Delete vs Remove

In the application I'm working on, we have two forms of getting rid of an item. Delete: Permanently deleting an item from the system. Once removed, the data is gone. Remove: Removing a linked item ...
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Confirm and Cancellation one button

We are developing a carpool app. Below is the search results of people closeby who are willing to carpool. Obviously we need to show the name, location. The person offering needs to also Confirm a ...
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Documentation - do we “Click”, “Push”, “Press” or “Select” a button on a touch-screen interface

I'm writing some documentation for a web-based application that will run on Android tablets at the factory at which I am employed. I am having trouble wording the steps where the users must interact ...
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“New” vs. “Create”

For buttons that initiate some content creation interaction, which label is better: "New X" or "Create X"? Are there specific uses that in which one is better than the other?
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Naming columns in a table

I suspect that part of my problem is that I am not a native english speaker but here it is. I have a table with column header labels. One of these columns contains the "number of messages received". ...
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“We” vs. “You” in documentation

I am writing a tutorial that describes a configuration of a linux server. It will be published on the internet. Quite often I want to write something like this: In this chapter we will configure ...
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What is the term to describe the percentage of users that don't proceed from one page to another?

What is the term used to describe the percentage of users that don't continue in a flow? For example, if only 50% of users go from the login screen to the profile screen, what do you call that?
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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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Why did Microsoft choose the word “Recycle Bin”?

If you delete something in Windows OS, it will go to Recycle bin. But if you think about it nothing recycles in it right? Say, you delete a virus infected file and again restore it from recycle bin ...
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Name this widget: mouseover extends text that doesn't fit in its table cell

I'd swear this used to be a widespread feature, but now I can't find any evidence of it. A table cell contains information that is too wide for the column, so it is displayed in truncated form, and ...
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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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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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What is the easiest to understand terminology for “create account” vs. “logon to account”? and “start paying”

I'm trying to decide on terminology for our educational software for. Here are the 3 goals,reason I prefer that term, and some alternate terminology. Sign-Up (create an account, clear that it's ...
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Terminology: PIN code or Passcode?

I'm working on an iPhone, and we are currently doing some user testing. This app deals with sensitive personal information. Security is definitely important for us. Instead of using username / ...
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New navigation pattern - Time.com

Recently I ran across Time.com's new navigation pattern. What do we call this? What do you think about it? What is the use case for it? My first impressions for the large screen are: the site is ...
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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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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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“Useful links” - really useful?

A great many sites I've seen have pages titled "Useful links" or similar. I tend to regard this as bad practice: why have a link on a site if it's not useful? Essentially it feels like a category that ...
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What is a Plain English term for “Device” in the USA? [closed]

I'm working on a web application. It runs in Chrome and Safari, so that supports just about any modern device. I'm worried that "device" might be a confusing term for the average person. Here are a ...
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What are these “dial gauges” called?

I'm in the middle of designing a dash board, and there's somewhere where we display numbers that I really would like to have this specific type of dial gauge that I've seen before online. I ...
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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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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 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 seems standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save ...
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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 ...