The body of terms used with a particular technical application in a subject of study, theory, profession, etc.

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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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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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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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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 name of this pattern (submitting an entry which gets added to a table)?

In this example the user would enter an item number and add it to the list: Does this particular pattern has a name?
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Alternatives to “Like”, “+1”, “Bookmark”, and “Favorite”?

I'm building a web-app where users indicate that they "like" feed-items published by other users. The act of "liking" also inherently bookmarks the feed-item as well as the publishing user. I'm ...
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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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Any alternative to the term “anonymous”?

In some contexts, allowing users to send posts or comments without disclosing their identity can add value by providing more freedom of speech. Words like "anonymous" and "anonymity" do convey this ...
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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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Should map markers be called pins or markers?

For reasons I won't explain, I have to change the word 'issues' to something different in our UI. 'Issues' corresponds to the number of map markers on a user's map. Should 'issues' be changed to ...
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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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Which term seems more appropriate for a playback system, “player” or “device”?

Working on a site that allows users to listen to audio through some means of playback. Whether it is on their desktop (software), smart device (app), or special hardware, they can choose one of those ...
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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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Is there any research on a Subscription Call To Action button of: Subscribe vs. “View Subscription Options”,etc.?

In our Demo mode we'll show options to start a Free Trial and Subscribe ($). One of the things I want to test is not showing the price, but then I think that if we show Subscribe with no price it ...
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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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User Manual vs User Guide vs Documentation vs Quick Reference vs Handbook

I am aware this has already been asked at http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/59224/what-are-the-differences-between-manual-guide-and-instruction however under a user experience point of view, ...
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Which UI design pattern is this? (progress bar at the top of an article)

On this page there is a progress bar at the top which progresses as you scroll down. I’m really intrigued by this UI pattern. Does anyone know its name or its origin?
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What is this type of navigation is called?

I came across the term for this style of navigation on a site but I failed to save the url. Anyone know what this type of navigation is called?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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UI terminology: Template tags vs object (categorization) tags

We are designing a business application that uses tags (like Stackexchange tags) for categorizing all manner of things. Nearly any object can be taggable and these tags are used for filtering, ...
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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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What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design?

What is the exact difference between fluid and responsive design? I am bit confused about fluid and responsive design. Fluid is the one where we give width in percentages so that design will look ...
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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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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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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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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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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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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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Difference between Tiles and Cards?

We are developing a platform and we need to show a visual way the most relevant information from different sources to the users. The user need to interact with this "pieces of information" and this ...
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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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What’s the origin of the metaphor “cloud”?

Today we use the term “cloud” without thinking about it. We use it mainly in terms of storage online, far away and unreachable. We can’t plug in a USB memory in the cloud to download data. We plug 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 ...
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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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What is a Plain English term for “Device” in the USA? [closed]

I'm working on a web application. It runs in Chrome and Safari, so that supports just about any modern device. I'm worried that "device" might be a confusing term for the average person. Here are a ...
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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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How to explain to my client the difference between Front End and Back End?

I'm currently managing a project to bring a medium-sized shop into the online world for the first time. The very non-technical shop owner is failing to understand what "front-end" and "back-end" ...
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What is the proper name for this UX feature?

When I'm working in a programing IDE, I would call this feature "Code hinting", or "code completion". However, in the context of form field, what would this feature be called? The main reason I am ...