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

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“Save As” vs “Clone”

We have a system where a user can view database records in a GUI application. The main purpose of the GUI is for creating and editing these records. We are now developing a feature whereby a user ...
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Should sub menus / sub navigation naming be consistent with upper menu

I wonder whether sub menus and sub navigation in general should be consistent in naming convention with the upper menu or sub menus take the upper menu as assumed. To be more clear should one of the ...
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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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Term for a top menu that appears when scrolling up?

I am experiencing more and more pages using this style of top menu. When you scroll the page downwards, all is fine, but as soon as you need to scroll up for some reason (such as to read the ...
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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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What is the true defintion of a UX Designer?

I often see job listing with UX Designer/Developer. Sometimes just UX Designer. I want to know following things: What is the true definition of a UX designer? And why it is sometimes both designer ...
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Is accuracy of terminology important in localized situations

I am in a situation where we have been told our users do not understand the word 'filter' and we have to use the word 'search' instead. The functions, though, literally are filters by definition: ...
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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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“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 “elegant” design?

I'm sure you've either heard, read, or used "elegant" to refer to a good design, but does it have a specific meaning other than "great?" Is there a rubric you'd use to judge an interaction or design ...
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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 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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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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Different experience in simulation and real system

I couldn't find a better match of SE site to ask than UX. My question is what is the technical term when a user have difficulty (cognitively speaking) of using a real system because the user was ...
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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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How technical should airline pilots be?

I've been on a few flights recently, and idly listening to the captain talking to the passengers got me thinking: The captain's world is very different from the passengers' world. The captain has to ...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save Target ...
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When did UX start being called UX?

When did people start talking about User Experience as a role/domain similar to the way that it's used today? The earliest reference I can find is the Norman, Miller, Henderson CHI 95 piece on ...
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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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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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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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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'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 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 ...