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

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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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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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Good names for turning site responsive-ness on and off?

I'm doing work on a website that has been 1900px wide long time, and most of the users aren't extremely tech-savvy and usually +40 years old. To give you an idea of the content of the website, all the ...
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“Your friend has sent you a message on our website, register to see it” - is there a name for this technique?

Sometimes I get emails like the following, presumably targeted to me as a friend/contact of some person, X: You have a message from X on our super awesome website! Click here to read this message. ...
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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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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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UI pattern for shared editing scope among selected elements?

I'm having a hard time researching this pattern for WPF, partly because I'm not exactly sure of the correct term for it. As best as I can describe it, here is how this editing pattern works: ...
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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 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'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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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 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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UI: name of multiple column interface?

Is there a "proper" name for the UI wherein it has multiple columns, and as you interact with the first column, the second column gets populated with with appropriate data? These columns act as a ...
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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 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 ...
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What term classifies code snippets of different programming languages, API platforms, libraries and frameworks?

I have a site where people post code snippets containing code of various types such as PHP, jQuery, CSS, HTML5, node.js, Android, iOS, etc. Currently I'm using the term "platform" to designate which ...
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Is there a term for the “auto search” that Google Instant utilizes?

Is there an official term for the automatic search that Google Instant uses once you stop typing for about 1 second? This is also used on UX.SE when searching for a user. I am looking to add this into ...
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Best Practice for product titles with dimensions

I am having a debate with someone about the best way to name products on an eCommerce site that has several different dimensions. For example: Epic 13 (33" x 50" x 78") Shower Stall with Center ...
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Content Performance

What is a right word to describe the heading Content/Performance? It is about best and effective content that form a complete artefact. The example of heading and paragraph as below: 5.4.1 ...
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What is the author referring to with “UX mail lists”?

After reading a Boxes and Arrows article by Stephen Turbek (packed with UXy goodness) I am unfamiliar with the phrase "UX mail lists" in context. Is the author actually suggesting a pattern library ...
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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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Is there a proper name for the accordion-like stacked panels?

Essentially, it's a collection of panels, stacked towards the top. Each can be expanded or collapsed on its own. When a header is expanded, the headers below it "stick" to its bottom. This is in ...
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Terminology Matters: “Create and Fill” vs “Create Form” or “Create new form” or “Start New Form”

Brief: I am working on a screen where a Sales Manager creates a new Customer Activation Form(business to business). He selects few criteria before creating the form. Based on his selections the form ...
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Does term “page” apply to a mobile app?

I'm developing a mobile phone (iOS/Android) app and alongside that, an admin website where the app owner will update the content of the app (so basically a CMS for the app). The app has tabs at the ...
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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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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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Is there a name for a control which allows a user to add/remove table rows?

I am building a control which is a table containing other controls (text boxes and dropdown lists) where the user can add/remove rows to the table. I am unsure of what to name this control and am ...
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What to call a first-level navigation item that helps guide various user types to different parts of the site?

I'm working on a sitemap for a client who has a number of different user types (each of whom requires varying goals and tasks associated with using the site). They are concerned that the various ...
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Struggling with implementing a 'Basket' area when the available content can be free as well as priced

We have a system that allows for companies to either have a selection of free items that their users can pick and choose from (which they can then add to a personal list of items), or a selection of ...
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Who is the average user?

We get occasional questions about designing for the average user, but the term is bandied around pretty often - especially by clients who want to design their product or application so that it can be ...
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Does UX/UI apply to web pages and web apps only?

As I've said in my previous question, I am venturing into UX/UI and very intrigued and anxious to get deeper in this industry. I was thinking if UX/UI only applies to designs and experience for web ...
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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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What should I call a switch statement in an UI where users won't know what a switch statement is?

I'm designing a product where a user can build a decision tree. There are different kinds of decision nodes they can add: true/false rules, exclusion rules, and switch statements. I'm afraid of ...
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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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Defining phases that a city matures to for business

I'm building a taxi booking service. It's a chicken-egg problem that I am trying to break. Unless I have taxis in the system, customers won't use the system (a 0 search results is an instant turn off, ...
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What is the correct term for a walkthrough once signed up?

I've seen this done on many sites. Usually after you have signed up for the site/software you are then taken to the homepage/dashboard/whatever and there are tool-tips, call-outs, or modals to ...
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Does the average web user know about Boolean algebra?

I am working on a product and it works based on building queries and logical expressions. I am faced with a dilemma to design the product. A simple to understand method without any AND/OR logic, ...
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What is an surface-perpendicular wheel control called?

Please bear with me as I attempt to describe this control (since I don't know its name I wasn't able to google image search for it). It's a physical control, used for adjusting a quantity up or down. ...
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How technical should airline pilots be?

I've been on a few flights recently, and idly listening to the captain talking to the passengers got me thinking: The captain's world is very different from the passengers' world. The captain has to ...