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It's called abstraction. Greatest achievement of mankind, I think. If we abstract things in our mind, we can use them with lesser cognitive efforts and integrate them better in our lifes and thinking-models. For example the Internet, it's not a real place: it's a bunch of tubes...I mean servers, to which we send requests, but it is easier to handle if we ...


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I usually use brainstorming techniques to get to the terms/ideas. One example of such a process is: Find a large piece of paper. Draw 3 columns First column: Use free association to produce a list of words that come to mind when you think of the original concept. Set your mind to generating without judging, and set your goal to generate as many words as ...


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It's not the end of the world if you skip headings in this manner because users will most likely still find the content, but it does go against the general structure of the content and adds a bit of a barrier to users accessing using assistive technologies. One way to look at it is to think of a trio of military chaps in a room; a General, a Sargent, and a ...


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Do not insert hyphens, not even soft hyphens &shy; (which only appear if the browser forces a line break). This is because the user might hand-write it or read-dictate it to someone else with the hyphen. Which would be inaccurate and bad. You could however use the <wbr> element to indicate an optional word break opportunity. This will tell the ...


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An anti-pattern, when it appears, is generally a mistake - anti-patterns are things that look like they are a good idea, but in practice they are not (mostly due to side-effects). Something that was done improperly because someone working in the project didn't have the right skills. A dark pattern is something that deceives the user or has some other ...


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Probably for the same reason that computers have 'files' and 'folders'. The concept of accessing information from (great) distances, like going some place or browsing things displayed at a place is easier to grasp that the technical truth.


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I've always found "standard resolution" to be clear when speaking to people, but that is likely to change with time. It is important to know that "retina" is an Apple trademark and not a technical term for a resolution, so I try to avoid the term. Android is more specific by using the terms hdpi (1.5x) and xhdpi (2x or retina equivalent), so when speaking ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag Hashtags are mostly used as unmoderated ad-hoc discussion forums; any combination of characters led by a hash sign is a hashtag, and any hashtag, if promoted by enough individuals, can "trend" and attract more individual users to discussion using the hashtag. The tag you are talking of in this context is a ...


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It's a matter of abstracting relationship and direction. The reason why the direction for the metaphor is one from here to there is because of goal oriented perception. Or in other words, the essential and for the context of this metaphor defining idea is that: information is not here, otherwise I wouldn't be needing to look for it information is in other ...


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You could use "Return to Top", "Jump to Top" or "Skip to Top". I would avoid using anything but "top", honestly. Alternate words like "beginning" or "start" indicate a time span or activity and are more related to media controls. If you're going for classy "Return to Top" is not a bad choice.


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Since there is the potential for confusion, why not omit the word "between" altogether? The sentence "everyone with 2 to 4 children" makes sense and means the same thing, provided you mean people with 2, 3, or 4 children.


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"and unrelated" EVERYTHING that goes into building a successful web site that meets the needs of the users is related. There's a tradition, it seems, that anything seen as 'code' is immediately given to IT. That separation is rather silly and, IMHO, a remnant of antiquated waterfall development practices. The way forward that I feel is the most agile and ...


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I agree with Erics, do not add a hyphen. Another option might be to add a css text-overflow attribute of ellipsis, which will "crop" the link: a { max-width:50px; display:inline-block; overflow: hidden; text-overflow: ellipsis; } Unfortunately, this prevents the entire text of the link from being visible. It does allow users to copy the ...


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Would it be possible to approach the problem in a different way? Instead of asking questions where the user decides just yes or no, make them state their choice by affirming text. For example, instead of: Does a pilot's license require the applicant to know the complete rulebook? [Yes] [No] use: A pilot's license requires the applicant to know [the ...


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How about providing a brief message that's displayed right after the action, giving you a chance to reconsider? "You un-friended Jack. You will no longer receive updates from him. Undo?" If the message doesn't open a dialog but appears on the page itself, and it disappears automatically a second later, then it can be very subtle and non-interfering. This is ...


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I would suggestion High DPI; It's an accurate technical description and not all high-res displays are actually at a pixel ratio of 2 (though if you need to specify multiple images for multiple ratios, individually showing the ratios would be best), and "@2x" makes sense if you think about it, but it requires a higher familiarity with how high DPI stuff works ...


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You can ask a similar question to NFS video game fan that why does he feel that he is driving an actual car when he is simply pressing buttons on the keyboard. Even if you are sitting in front of your system only while using internet, your browser still has to send a request to the server. So in a way, you are still visiting the server virtually.


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I’d go with graphical animations of corresponding gestures. In most cultures this would probably be a head shake and a nod: Shaking to indicate "no" is widespread, and appears in a large number of diverse cultural and linguistic groups. Areas in which head shaking generally takes this meaning include Indian subcontinent, Middle East, Africa, Southeast ...


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Creating recognizable icons is a supreme royal pain in the boo-tocks. There is no analytic Process to follow that consistently yields decent icons. All you have are some vague guidelines from the usual style guides (e.g., Windows and Mac), which cover more the graphic style of the icons than the semantics. In my experience, if an immediately obvious icon ...


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The question actually has two aspects: Use two different highlighting styles for different words (resulting in three types of writing: normal, bold and italic) Double highlight which allows highlighting parts of highlighted words (resulting in four different types of writing: normal, bold, italic, bolditalic) A biology student's flashcard for "Daisy" ...


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I'm pretty sure this was answered before in one of the following resources: Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application Is 'Home' button still a must? Should 'Home' be included in website breadcrumbs? Home button vs Logo link? Should I add a 'Home' Button to the navigation? So there you go, have a look!


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Think about what is said in reference to older forms of document: "Turn to page 7" "Flip to the index" "Find the full citation in the references section" "Go to chapter 4" "I got to page 80 before getting bored" Some of these are phrases meaning moving yourself to a place, used metaphorically to mean placing your attention at a particular point within ...


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What about just using the word "Top"? As long as your style clearly indicates this is a link (along the lines of Top - or even better, with a tiny arrow pointing up right next to it) would - in my view - make the target of this link quite clear.


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A <div>, as suggested in the comments, would definitely be a better option than a <blockquote>, because having no semantics isn't as bad as having incorrect semantics. Accessibility tools would simply process your exemplary content just like they would the rest of the article content, which is far better than them processing it completely ...


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Interesting and important question. I had a related thought on my question Mirror top navigation order between left to right-languages and right to left-languages?, where you actually should mirror content, and not just translate navigation on a multi-lingual site. On colors there are some considerations to do for white and red, as Christian Arno explains: ...


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You can't go wrong with "Return to top", space permitting. Back to top is favoured as it's two characters shorter. I've noticed a trend for just an upward arrow icon, which works for me.


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It's not only abstraction, but metaphor. We use metaphor to simplify communication and to simplify thinking about concepts which are themselves abstract. Teenie Matlock http://www-psych.stanford.edu/~tmatlock/pubs.html has a bunch of papers about this from about 10-15 years ago; e.g., "Metaphors We Surf By": ...


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Browse: Noun, to casually look or read. So, when you are going through different sites/pages on the internet, you are, literally, browsing. And as Andreas notes, we co-opt terms to represent new concepts. The definition of "surfing" is literally, to be carried to shore on waves while on a surfboard. Yet it has been a common term to "surf the web" for quite ...


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The terms that I have been consistently seeing for an industry whole (not using an Apple trademark or the hdpi developer term) is HiDpi and non-HiDpi (non all lower case). When referencing HiDpi 2 specifically then the term is Ultra HiDpi (which is Retina). Remember that Apple is not the only HiDpi device manufacturer. Microsoft and others have their own ...



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