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

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What is the definition of usability/ux problem?

I am about to ask for help on how to categorise usability/ux problems but after some googling I have realised that there is no standard definition of usability/ux problem. (Defining the Usability ...
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What does it mean to 'humanise' interfaces?

When people say 'humanise' an interface, what exactly do they mean? Or is there a more formal word to this idea. The word 'humanise' sounds vague to me. It could mean several ideas if not taken ...
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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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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 is the difference between a UX Designer and a Product Manager?

The title is pretty self explanatory, but the context is that a new project with a small team will need the work of a product manager and the work of doing the UX both to get done. The company ...
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Defining “Instantaneous” as part of usability acceptance criteria

The Setup I have run into this problem time and time again. An interface is performing slow and QA and/or Engineering come back and ask, "can you please define the acceptance criteria for how fast ...
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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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Is it a problem if a word describing a software action has additional controversial meanings in the real world?

Is it a problem if a word describing a software concept has additional potentially controversial meanings in the real world? To name some examples: icon - in software it is a small image which ...
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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 the term for the contents of a tab?

In a tabbed interface, each tab has... "content" associated with it. Each tab has distinct "content"; e.g. in a web browser, it would be a web page. And each tab's "content" gets stuffed into a single ...
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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's a better way to refer to an Intranet site?

I've found most of our users are totally unaware of the term, though it's plastered on the front page of our Intranet site and the desktop icon they use to get to the site is labeled "(Company) ...
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Term (and other depiction) for 'abstract' and 'concrete' slot filters

It's for a timetabling application. There are two kinds of filters which determine placement of slots: concrete filters: The teacher chooses specific hours in a work-week and decides to either ...
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Better Term for “Web Design and Development” Company [closed]

What term do you use to refer to a company / organization that helps other companies / organizations in the following areas? Working with the product owner / manager to formulate abstract ideas into ...
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Are users comfortable with the term 'portal'?

I am building a site for managing datasets. The home page will be a portal displaying summary info about the user's datasets and other datasets in the system. I'm trying to decide what to call this ...
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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 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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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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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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Is there a name for the UI that marks key positions in a scroll bar?

In Chrome, when you do a text search, you'll see the locations of found instances of the text string shown as yellow lines in the vertical scrollbar. If you run Visual Studio with the Resharper ...
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Help or support?

I'm interested in the difference between using the words help or support when used in the context of customer help/support on a website or application. Which would you use and why? As always any ...
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What term should I use for removing characters from user input (Bank ATM consoles)?

We are developing the UI for a banking ATM console where many of our customers are not aware of computers common GUI terminology. So what term should I use for removing entered characters if someone ...
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What is a scamp, UX? [closed]

Does anyone have a definition of the term "scamp", as used in the UX community? By context of use, it appears to be some kind of wireframe, but careless? Examples of actual scamps would also be very ...
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Name of the touch-ui “overscroll” feature?

What is the common/correct term for the "overscroll" feature very prominent in touch interfaces when scrolling a list of items? Description: When scrolling a list of items, the user can scroll over ...
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Is there a term/name for these labels?

Are there any conventional names for these informational labels?
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What is modal about a modal dialog?

I'm reading a lot about modal dialogs. I know(?) what modal means, having read Raskin's "The Humane Interface". I can understand what's modal about a toolbar in a drawing program (select mode, draw ...
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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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How broad is the definition of affordance?

While discussing the need for affordances to be consistent, comments between me and JeroenEijkhof indicate we don't have a similar interpretation of the term 'affordance'. I claimed that something ...
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Name that thing: What should I call a 'person' in a case management system?

Think of a system that manages details about people--a case management system tracking hospital patients, or a CRM tracking phone calls by customers, or an insurance provider's system that tracks care ...
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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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Name for a rule about re-using terminology

Does the rule "Don't use the same name/word to refer to two different things" have a name, and, if so, what is that name?
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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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Which is more likely to be understood, *Hover* or *Mouseover*?

We have a page where the content all has tool tips. There is a bit of explanatory text at the top of the page. We want to let visitors to the page know that they can hover their mouse over items for ...
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What's the best terminology for switching from a mobile site to the “full” website?

I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any ...
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You, Me, or Joe Soap

When listing content in an application (think of a list of documents) we show the name of the document and the name of the author. What should be shown for the author's name when the person reading ...
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Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...
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What is a “toast notification”?

Microsoft mentions the toast as a visual element in the package manifest for Metro-style apps with the attribute ToastCapable="true". What does this mean?
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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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When to use “join,” “register,” or “sign up”?

For a user, when is it better to be asked to do the following: "Sign In" vs. "Log in" "Join" vs. "Register" vs. "Sign Up" "Sign Out" vs. "Log out" Different websites seem to use them differently, ...
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Technical Word for “time spent on website”?

Is there a technical word to reference the total time a user spends on a website in one session? Something like "Time-on-Site (TOS)"?
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no-reply@yourdomain.com or a real address?

For authentication emails and various other one-way communication applications often use no-reply@yourdomain.com. This comes across as unfriendly when compared to something like hello@yourdomain.com. ...
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Better term for “user” [closed]

I often have to explain some aspect of an application, and often need to refer to users. I really don't like the term as it is not something with a good connotation (e.g. drug users) to the ...
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What is User Experience (UX)?

I've looked at this site for the first time today. I've checked About, the FAQ and the FAQ and searched, and I don't seem to be able to find an answer on this site. These are the closest I can find: ...
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What does “end-user” mean?

UX folks like to talk of the "end user" (examples in 1 2 3), because that is whom they are advocating for. However, the term is somewhat ambiguous: assuming I write an UI library, is the end-user the ...
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Should we call our achievement system something else?

The company I work for has two public sites; one is just our main WWW site and the other is a site dedicated to our members. I'm a developer there and I'm working on an achievement system for our ...
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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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What is the name for the technique used on Yammer, LinkedIn etc profile pages?

The technique I mean is where the profile page will say "You have completed 60% of your profile, fill in your x, y and z to get to 100%." I think this is a very powerful technique but I can't remember ...
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What is the top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites?

What is the top navigation bar called when it is common to a suite or network of sites with a common login, as in StackExchange, 37 Signals (Basecamp, Backpack, etc.), or Google Apps for Your Domain? ...
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Labeling of lightbox settings

Suppose we have a UI where the settings of a lightbox showing an image can be adjusted. It might look something like this: By "background" in the mockup above is really referred to overlay, but ...
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What is the name of this combined button/popupbutton?

This button is in the new Firefox, but what is the name of it?