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I use the word device to mean anything you use to do work which extends to computers and (most of the time) mobile phones. English StackExchange suggests using mobile device for describing phones and laptops, so I don't see why adding in "immobile devices" would ruin the effectiveness of using the word device to include phones, laptops, and tower PCs.


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The fewer words the better, and no words at all are better than negative words. Don't say why you think there might be a problem, or even that you think there is likely to be a problem. Instead just make it easy for them to contact you in the event that they do happen to come across a problem. I quite liked an experience I had recently at surfdome where it ...


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Are the listed words really synonyms? I cannot provide any references now (possibly because many software developers/producers do not consistently follow the distinction, either), but my impression is that at least abort and cancel are slightly different: Cancel sounds pretty much like a routine operation. You can cancel something before it has really ...


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Is there room for no weight change This is then easy to understand, and is clear that it's not any gain either. Like the answer, I think you'd more than likely say something like "my weight hasn't changed since last week" On a similar note, a 2% loss doesn't mean much to most, so would it be better to say 6lbs weight loss (2%)


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The words have subtly different meanings. Stop means to prevent something from continuing, but not necessarily permanently. E.g. stop video playback. Terminate means to stop permanently. E.g. terminate process. Abort means to terminate before completion. E.g. abort file transfer. Cancel means to make something void. E.g. cancel subscription.


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The most appropriate is NO According to one of the 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design by Nielsen: The system should speak the users' language, with words, phrases and concepts familiar to the user, rather than system-oriented terms. Follow real-world conventions, making information appear in a natural and logical order. When you tell a ...


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IF you don't want to use the word device then you could use something more specific like (obviously) operating system. Or just use "Restart your system." "Not compatible with your system" Or don't even give it a name and say "Restart" Not compatible with this OS.


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Like everything, this will depend on context. However, "Abort" is one of those 'computer words' that isn't normally used by people in everyday conversation, along with things like "terminate" and "submit". It's one of the reasons that in the past, people had to take computer literacy courses in order to understand technology. Thankfully, User Experience and ...


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So the user is interested in the price history of a product? And this part of your website lets them see how much the price of that product has changed between the first date and the second date? What criteria do they use to pick the two dates? See if you can find a way to tie it to their workflow. As an alternative, and this doesn't directly answer your ...


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As a former officer in a pro-life political action committee who is also a software developer: I never found the use of the term "abort" in a software product offensive or disturbing. To "abort" a process is to kill it before it has a chance to complete its intended operation. To "abort" a baby is to kill it before it has a chance to be born. We regularly ...


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I think you're missing an element of the form. Trying to explain each individual field rather than the purpose of those two fields as a whole. Think of this from an accessibility perspective. If someone is using a screenreader to read out the elements on the page, so they get no visual cues as to the fields, what would they expect? Therefore I would go ...


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If this is a healthcare app, there is at least two very different ways to tackle the issue, based on the diversion of mental health and physical health. If this is a non-healthcare app, asking for this kind of information is quite invasive. Hoping this is a healthcare app, to give a definitive answer I would need more information on use cases, but based on ...


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Historically, the Abort/Retry/Ignore question in MS-DOS was a result of an I/O subsystem which had no way of reporting problems from the disk sector level through the file-system level to the underlying application. If an application asked to read some data from a file, and block 1571 of the disk was unreadable, there was no defined mechanism by which DOS ...


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Perhaps instead of "There are notes" you also deliver the amount of notes as this may be of interest to users? In the same way you'd prefer to seen "13 emails" rather than "There are emails". So either: 2 notes or Notes: 2 Would also be nice if clicking on this line reveals the notes.


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You can't, but there's a better way Sometimes, concepts are too complicated to communicate in a few words. This is especially true when the consequences of miscommunication are large, such as overwriting a file. The best practice here would be to notify the user as soon as you know that there is a conflict (that might be while the user is editing, or ...


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Assuming the rest of the form makes it clear how this is supposed to work, you don't need separate labels:


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Neither Taking Max's (great) answer further: Who on earth measures weight changes in percentages? The problem with percentages In general, percentages are always a proxy variable and mostly little intuitive. Everyone has to expand some cognitive effort to do the maths, and quite a few struggle with the percentages maths (some can't do it at all). ...


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Unfortunately there is no better word than device. Not even 'hardware' or 'operating system' (which is the actual thing you want restarting / causing the incompatability). Nor appliance, system, environment, instrument, computer, processor, apparatus, equipment, etc. To make things clear, refer to this device, so whether it's a phone, desktop, or washing ...


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“Device” is shorthand for “[computing] device.” You don’t have to use the shorthand: “Please restart your computing device.” “This application is not compatible with your computing device.”


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If you are dead set on not using word device, then you should consider being more precise and say exactly what device you are referring to. So in case of desktop computer you would say something like: "Please restart your computer", and in case of mobile phone you would say "Please restart your mobile phone". Using generic term just to save few lines of ...


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Yes, avoid using it. Probably... Some perspectives: Developer language vs user language. Abort and Cancel may have nuanced differences to a developer but to a user, factors like familiarity and friendliness are a lot more important than accuracy. An extreme example of user-language vs developer-language is placebo buttons which do absolutely nothing ...


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An alternative to Izhaki's answer would be to simply state: View Notes It's clear. Simple and straight to the point.


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If the application you are using is connecting to a server you can use the term Client to describe all of these personal computers and devices. A client is a piece of computer hardware or software that accesses a service made available by a server. Note: I'll be the first to admit this is a somewhat flimsy definition, I carefully nitpicked for a ...


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Electronic Device The term 'electronic device' is an overarching term which includes everything which has a piece of electronics to build some kind of intelligence. Electronic device includes washing machines, printers, speakers, 3D printers, quadcopter etc. Smart glasses, smart watches, smart socks etc are wearable electronic devices. Phones, tablets ...


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The specific examples you gave: Please restart your device This application is not compatible with your device both have something in common - giving either of these messages to the user is awful UX. There's no reason something you, as an application/service/website/whatever developer, can produce should ever require the user to restart their ...


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You already have the phrases that will work, I believe. And a few that won't, as you've no doubt recognised. When a device gets connected The first choice assumes that connection is always a result of a direct user action, so not merely because someone walked into Bluetooth range, for example. Also, the phrase can be ambiguous. "You have connected" is a ...


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Start with the purpose of the notification.... Usually, notifications are created to inform the user that something has happened. Therefore, the primary UX goal is to convey that information. Usually, getting the user to take action (e.g. reply, dismiss, approve) is a secondary UX goal, because it's hard for the user to take action without first reading ...


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Token is a good term for it. This is what OWASP (the open web application security project) refers to it as. You may want to look at the owasp guidelines for forgotten password - https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Forgot_Password_Cheat_Sheet It is very deliberately not called password as you should never send a password via email. Tokens are usually used to ...


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As others have already pointed out, gender is about identity, and sex is your biological sex, and then there is sexual orientation (heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual) which should not be confused with gender or sex. Biological sex can include male, female, and several different forms of intersex. Gender can include genderqueer, genderfluid, ...


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I just googled for synonyms for device: device [n] 1. a thing made or adapted for a particular purpose, especially a piece of mechanical or electronic equipment, e.g. "a measuring device" synonyms: implement, gadget, utensil, tool, appliance, piece of equipment, apparatus, piece of apparatus, piece of hardware, instrument, machine, mechanism, ...



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