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

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Is it wise to change the standard “Login / Sign In” text to something else?

I'm developing a mobile app for a client, and he keeps suggesting that instead of the conventional wording "Login" or "Sign In", we should use "Get Started" instead. I'm worried that the users might ...
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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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Help with navigation terminology for an audit application

We have a process where users complete surveys for a company. There are many surveys, spread over different facilities, the hierarchy can be detailed like this: Contract > Facility > Audit Although ...
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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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What is the term for designing an element such that it visually reflects the spatial design of the object in real life?

What is the term that specifically describes laying out an object or representation of an object such that the interface reflects the spatial orientation of the object in real life? For example, ...
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Is ”User Friendly” a valid term in User Experience?

I remember that we had a fierce discussion in school around the term “User Friendly” where our lecturer with emphasis stated that “… there is no such thing as user friendly. The only valid term you ...
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Why do we say UX for User Experience rather than UE?

The term User Experience goes back to Don Norman sometime in the early 90s. But where did the abbreviation UX, rather than UE, come from? I'm guessing that it was influenced by the release of ...
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Disambiguating “Allowed File Types” or “Allow Extensions”

It often happens that I will be using a piece of software, and I will have the opportunity to specify something to the effect of 'qualifying extensions', and extensions that meet that criteria will be ...
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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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How can I deal with diverse gender identities in user profiles?

I'm trying to work out the wording for (preferably) a gender dropdown in a user profile of a site I'm working on. I want to be inclusive of people who don't gender orient to either male or female ( ...
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What are the differences between user flows, task flows and workflows?

I'm looking to clarify the differences/overlaps between the three and, if the terminology isn't accurate establish the correct terminology
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What to name a registration landing page for most effective user acceptance

I'm looking for advice and stats on what is the most user friendly naming conventions for a registration page. I'm assuming users are reminded of a spammy situation if they are giving up their email ...
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What is the best terminology to use for buttons for running, saving and duplicating reports?

I'm developing a web based reporting tool that allows users to give their report a title, pick their metrics, run/save reports, and then after some wait due to backend processing, view the results ...
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What's the common name for this GUI element? (left-right box, assignmentbox, relationbox)

You often see the following element to assign objects of a certain type to another object. We call it relationbox, but I can't find anything at all about relationboxes on the internet... It's such a ...
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Why use the word History when its Recent

Most browsers use the word History to describe the most recent url we have been to and as a result I'm trying to define why its not called Recent. I've noticed most apps use "Open Recent" which is the ...
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Color Emotion Naming Convention Standard?

So I'm using one of the UI frameworks for a project I'm working on and I notice that there's a general naming convention for use of specific colors that are represented as moods. e.g.; Assertive ...
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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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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 visual glossary of (Windows) UI controls?

Some days it seems every member of my team calls each control by a different name. Is there a good resource, preferably with images, for what the official name of each control type is? I found a few ...
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What is the UX definition of a View?

The term "view" is used a lot in UX. In programming it often refers specifically to a user interface element associated with a model (e.g. in MVC or MV* frameworks). But I've heard it used in other ...
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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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Does the average web user know about Boolean algebra?

I am working on a product and it works based on building queries and logical expressions. I am faced with a dilemma to design the product. A simple to understand method without any AND/OR logic, ...
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What makes a form field mandatory?

In a Web form I have a question to which an answer needs to exist, so that a result can be shown to the user. It's about the users family status (single, family). Because there is a majority of users ...
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Should I avoid using “abort” in favor of its synonyms?

I've heard that the term "abort" could have a negative meaning in some contexts (i.e. due to abortion-related issues), and for that reason it was avoided in some interfaces of the 80's/90's, probably ...
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Difference between “callout” and “popup” (terminology)

I noticed that many in web development talk of "callout" and "callout menu" but they all seem to talk of different things. According to Wiktionary one meaning is: An annotation that pertains to a ...
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UX Newbie. What would be a good, quick way to test and prove my UX assumptions? [closed]

Last time I tried to redesign my college's class enrollment system. The problem is not everyone have access to that system, so it was hard for me to ask advice on internet. Also I didn't how to do ...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it seems standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save ...
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Good names for turning site responsive-ness on and off?

I'm doing work on a website that has been 1900px wide long time, and most of the users aren't extremely tech-savvy and usually +40 years old. To give you an idea of the content of the website, all the ...
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What to use - “Login” or “Sign in”? What about both?

I was trying to make up my mind whether to use "Login" or "Sign In" in the project I am working on by going through various well known websites. In my project, user can log in using either Facebook or ...
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Difference between 'storyboard' and 'moodboard'

I was wondering what is the difference between a storyboard and moodboard? I thought storyboads were only for movies and animation but apparently they use them in the ux field. Or do people just call ...
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What do you call websites that make heavy use of vertical scrolling?

This question is similar to Why did scrolling vertically became a pattern? I see a lot of modern websites moving to larger, singular pages with more content and more vertical scrolling. This is often ...
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Difference between User Story and Use Case

I'm not certain I understand what differentiates a user story from a use case. It seems like a very fine line to me. What is a use case and how does it differ from a user story?
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Terminology for user fear of unbounded space

There is a term used for describing a behavioral pattern where users feel disoriented or anxious when a navigable space is unbounded and there is no reference point. For example, in a 3D drawing ...
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Is there a name for this notation? ex. “1-3,6” or “2,3-5,7”

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask, but since my examples come from a UX element that seems common in our world. When a user opens the "Print" dialog of most programs, where you're asked ...
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Is there a specific name for this style of UI?

Most of the Microsoft Office 2013 programs I use have a similar style UI with the 'Ribbon' at the top like this: I recently started using ArcGIS Pro and noticed it uses the same style UI (screenshot ...
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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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Alternative term for “remember me”

In Android design guidelines (Settings, Writing Style), it's discouraged to refer to the user: Don't refer to the user. For example, for a setting allowing the user to turn notifications on or ...
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Documentation - do we “Click”, “Push”, “Press” or “Select” a button on a touch-screen interface

I'm writing some documentation for a web-based application that will run on Android tablets at the factory at which I am employed. I am having trouble wording the steps where the users must interact ...
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What is the term for a numeric input field of a specific format?

There are new HTML5 input types being defined for commonly used numeric input types such as date, time, telephone number, etc. These terms refer to a specific input format based on the type of numeric ...
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What to name a system

We are launching a new performance system and I have recommended the name should be descriptive of what you can do in the system to assist new employees to the organisation and those that only use the ...
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Google Maps Link Name

We have an application that provides an address to a commercial property. There's a use case in which users will need to view the property in google maps. I was wondering if there's a standard link ...
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What is high level sitemap?

Are sitemap and high-level sitemap the same thing? I tried to search for it, but I can't seem to find a difference. Only a few of sites actually call it high-level sitemap.
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Is user experience design (UXD) equal to user centered design (UCD)?

Can user experience design (UXD) and user centered design (UCD) be considered the same? If not, how do they relate to each other and how do they differ?
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Which is the more common term used: Preferences or Settings?

Given that preferences and settings are roughly equatable to users of websites, it seems the more commonly used term would be preferable for the sake of being more readily understood. I haven't been ...
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Does term “page” apply to a mobile app?

I'm developing a mobile phone (iOS/Android) app and alongside that, an admin website where the app owner will update the content of the app (so basically a CMS for the app). The app has tabs at the ...
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Better term for “iOS Camera Roll”?

We are using the term "iOS Camera Roll" for our iOS App to indicate that we refer to all the pictures and videos the user has on their iDevice. Since I'm not a native English speaker the term ...
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Struggling with implementing a 'Basket' area when the available content can be free as well as priced

We have a system that allows for companies to either have a selection of free items that their users can pick and choose from (which they can then add to a personal list of items), or a selection of ...
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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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What do you call a form that changes based on users answers?

I am looking for what to call the UX idea of a form that changes based on the answers a user has entered. For example a web form that asks: Are you satisfied with your purchase? If you answer ...