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

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Is “widget” a user friendly word?

Our web application enables users to configure the front page with different, what we developers call, 'widgets'. To start this configuration process, the user needs to click an 'Add Widget' button. ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Difference between 'storyboard' and 'moodboard'

I was wondering what is the difference between a storyboard and moodboard? I thought storyboads were only for movies and animation but apparently they use them in the ux field. Or do people just call ...
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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 this sliding window element called?

I've been trying to figure out the name for this element but I've been having trouble finding it. It should snap in three locations: to the top of the screen, to the bottom of the screen, and a 5th of ...
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A terminology question: differentiating between 'Detailed UX issues' and 'Structural UX issues'?

Does anyone know of better terminology to differentiate between describing: Detailed stuff - eg "The label on that button isn't understood" Big structural stuff - eg "Users don't understand the ...
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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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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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Difference between UI , GUI and HMI

I wanted to get these three terms viz UI, GUI and HMI clearly identified from each other. My current understanding : UI : Any general interface by which a human being or machine interacts with a ...
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I Need help with a UX term for the way we perceive visuals

I'm a software developer trying to make better interfaces. I'm looking for the name of the concept for how our brains process different layouts. I saw a really great presentation many years ago ...
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Difference between “callout” and “popup” (terminology)

I noticed that many in web development talk of "callout" and "callout menu" but they all seem to talk of different things. According to Wiktionary one meaning is: An annotation that pertains to a ...
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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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Specific term in UX for the task of comparing Visual Design files with developed HTML pages?

Is there an UX/design terminology for the task of comparing Visual Design files with developed HTML pages? As of now, I am referring to it as VD comparison or VD compliance check. Please help me to ...
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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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How do you call the concept of similar social validation options/choices?

Maybe I'm too burnt, but I can't come with the answer to this. I don't mean Overchoice, but the concept of choices or options that are similarly validated by peers creating a friction to user. To be ...
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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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What is the initial state of an application called?

Typically this would be the state in which a user would see hints or be prompted to take a tour. What's the correct UX terminology for this? Something along the lines of pristine/dirty as in forms?
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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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Option of terms for navigation of government site?

I am working on creating a government site that will serve many purposes and different users. The board members I am working with came up with two options for the main navigation for the website. ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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Difference between User Story and Use Case

I'm not certain I understand what differentiates a user story from a use case. It seems like a very fine line to me. What is a use case and how does it differ from a user story?
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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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What's the difference between a Modal, Popup, Popover and Lightbox?

I've seen many terms used to describe message boxes that notify and alert users or display information such as modal, popup, popover and lightbox. What is the difference between these components? ...
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What “Control” is in terms of UI?

Is it ok to call a set of UI elements a control, e.g. can this set of elements be called "precision control"? Or maybe a control is always an atomic UI element (e.g. a button). If so, the ...
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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 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 ...