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

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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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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'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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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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“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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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'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 ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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In user instructions, which term is more widely understood to mean a character A thru Z, letter, alpha or something else?

In the terms of a search where a user can enter an account number into a text field, what is the most straight forward instruction for a group that may not be tech savvy. download bmml source ...
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Name for: thumbnail getting big and spreads text?

Is there a common name or plugin for the function when a thumbnail gets resized to a bigger image and spreads the surrounding text? It is similar to a modal view, but imho more user friendly. ...
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Working with business intelligence to do user research/analysis - is this considered 'User Intelligence'?

With 'Big Data' and 'Business Intelligence' on par with 'User Experience' and 'Customer Experience' in terms of popularity with organizations and management, I wonder why it is that most of the ...
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Action sequence is always “check out” then “check in”: Should I name the tab “check out / check in” even tough it sounds weird in English?

In the document management world, here is the typical way to edit a document: Check out (the document is now locked by me and made available locally) Edit Check in (the document is saved back to the ...
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Customer redeems an offer, vendor does what?

In a product I am working on, a customer can "accept" an offer. They can then go to the vendor and redeem the offer. The vendor-side interface has a button that will pop open the camera on iPad and ...
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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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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 to describe checked and selected items on the use interface unambiguously

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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What do you call a layout of non-regular non-overlapping tiles?

Some interfaces present the user with a collection of non-overlapping tiles of different sizes. For example: Similar layouts include Pinterest and Windows 8 / Xbox, but looking at screenshots these ...
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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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When “Cancel” is your action, how do you let the user cancel it? [duplicate]

In the application I'm working on, an admin user can see a list of tasks which have been scheduled to happen at certain times. The admin can choose to cancel these tasks. How does one phrase the ...
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CRM common terms [closed]

With regards to a CRM I have seen the terms Opportunity and Deal used interchangeably. Do you think users view the term Deal only as an Opportunity that has been closed (either won or lost)? Which ...
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Is “UX” as an abbreviation for “user experience” meant to be ironic? [closed]

I am wondering about the origins of the "X" in "UX" as an abbreviation for user experience. Has UX become a standard abbreviation because the people in this field find the term amusing? My thinking ...
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“Find” or “Search” to display a list of results

Before displaying a table of results on a page I first require the user to select some options from some dropdowns. I have a button after the dropdowns which when clicked/tapped will work out which ...
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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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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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Is there a technical term for really long vertical sites with anchored links?

I am talking about sites like these:: http://www.hegartyonadvertising.com/ http://activatedrinks.com/#/activate http://community.saucony.com/kinvara3/ http://www.freshtilledsoil.com/#welcome
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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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Which are the main disciplines that UX comes from? [duplicate]

User Experience is a practice which has historic roots in multiple other disciplines, uniting and combining them to provide something new. What are the building blocks of UX and what role do they ...
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Is a lightbox considered a dialog box?

Lightbox-like interaction mechanisms present a dismissable interaction area within a larger page, greying out the rest of the page while the area is presented. Originally they were used to show ...
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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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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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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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Touch interface in android phones

What are the dots used for horizontal scrolling called? These light up to show what screen the user is on.
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What do you call a layout in which columns expand on mouseover?

What's the proper name for a layout like this, in which a column expands when mouse enters it: http://www.lucagiorcelli.it/test/volunia/ May be called "reactive layout"?
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What labels to use for a Simple and Advanced view of financial related information?

I am creating a page that displays information about companies listed on a stock exchange. One of the views is going to be Simple, showing only a limited view of information and data while the other ...
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What would you call a Mode that is both a limited Demo but also gives you a fast overview of the program?

We are considering a mode for our program that accomplishes two different Outcomes with one set of functinonality: This is educational software. If they do not want to give an email address they ...
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How to differentiate between “software” and “application” in the context of a company's products and services?

I am a bit confused about the way the terms software and application are being used these days. It seems that the additional context of web and mobile has added to the meaning when people use one term ...
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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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Shall I use the term 'Gallery' or 'Library' for a collection of items?

I have a collection of items that a user can choose from. I need to give this collection a name but I am unsure as to what. I don't want to use the collection name 'Saved Items' as this will confuse ...
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Phrase for a view dropdown for showing items that are both missing and ready but with warnings

The Setup A grid has a status for each line item. These statuses are, Missing, Ready, Missing W/ Warning, Ready W/ Warning. A warning is triggered when the last external update to that item was ...
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What is this tag based search called?

I'm working on a project that focuses heavily on Search to discover materials. My thought was to incorporate a tag based search feature to allow for quick search and quick filtering, not based on a ...
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Nomenclature for components of a Gauge UI element

Are there any standard / common names for the components of a Gauge or Donut UI element? This is what I'm talking about: The components I'm interested in are: The background gray area - what ...
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Are users confortable with the terms “Query” or “Dataset”? [closed]

I'm designing an application that let's users easily fetch data from a database and manipulate it in real time. Think of writing SQL queries, but in a visual way, without having to learn all those ...
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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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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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How to call collectively top-level elements of the interface common to different screens

I am looking for a common, collective word that describes major parts of the interface of a web-app which are seen on many different pages/screens, as opposed to parts of the interface specific to a ...