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

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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?
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What is the proper name for “notification bars” in web design? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this? Many sites these days make heavy use of large, ...
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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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Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?

What is the proper name for the UI element created by the HTML <select>...</select>? What is the name if the user is allowed to type in their own answer (not just autocomplete to pick ...
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What's the best term to refer to the pointy part of a comic-book-style balloon UI element?

In discussing balloon-ish UI elements, I've described the pointy part as 'points', 'arrows' or 'spikes', and that seems to get the idea across to many people alright... but I find myself falling ...
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Why is it called a breadcrumb?

When Hansel and Gretel laid down a bread crumb trail, the birds ate it and they got lost. The pebble trail is what got them home.
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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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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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The notification tray at the top of Stack Exchange sites: what is it called? And are there other good examples of this?

I'm trying to clean up notifications for a client site and was wondering if the notification pattern that Stack Exchange employs has a name that I can use to search for more examples.
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Correct terminology for “please the interviewer” bias?

I'm pushing usability testing within my workplace by performing some Steve Krug style usability tests, which have gone down so well that the product owner now wants me to add some marketing questions. ...
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Is it true that “the only 'intuitive' interface is the nipple”?

Everyone knows the famous quote (by Bruce Ediger or Steve Jobs, I'm not sure): The only "intuitive" interface is the nipple. After that it's all learned. It's an amusing gem, but is it really ...
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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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Usability/UX elevator pitch?

Whenever I try to introduce someone to usability/ux, I always find myself having to explain the following: The definition of usability/ux. The fact that I make web site easier and more pleasant to ...
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What's the definition of “Usability”?

I'm looking for a clear, single-sentence definition of usability. A short definition of usability would make it much easier to convince people that usability is worth investing in. For example, a ...