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I'd try abandon. Are you sure you want to abandon the changes you made today? [ Abandon changes ] [ Keep changes ] I don't know what the back-out option does (does it commit the changes, or just close the dialog without taking any action), but the other button could be Keep changes, Commit changes, or just cancel. I also like the idea of putting a ...


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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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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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Be a voter > Vote now Christopher Bryan and Gregory Walton (2011) conducted a study for understanding if using a noun or verb statement have an influence on user motivation. According to the results of their study, participants in noun group expressed significantly more interest, 62.5%, in registering vote than participants in the verb group, 38.9%. ...


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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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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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Undo and redo are really old paradigms, and they usually refer to small actions (like making a word bold or deleting a sentence). What you're talking about sounds like a revert (in version control terminology). If there isn't a redo option, you could call this "delete my recent changes" instead, and make the confirmation a nice (red) delete button. For ...


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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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As I mentioned in a comment, I'm confused about your problem statement. Your question body suggests your user is just undoing changes. But your title says you're "undoing an undo", which we'd normally call "redoing" something. For the first case: Similar to WBT's "go back in time", I would suggest "roll back" if "revert" is off the table. You're about ...


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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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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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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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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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The seeming simple task of not allowing rude words and phrases is actually incredibly complex to solve with just UI. Donald Norman stated that if an error is possible, someone will make it. And I would suggest extending that rule to include if a rude word or phrase is possible to be said it will be. The problem is with our language. We have concepts like ...


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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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Here's a radical concept: Human filtering. Tell the client. "You want granular and subjective control of content? Humans do that best!" The very nature of subjectivity is that it's subjective. An authoritarian attitude towards content's nature, terminology, phrasing, meaning, interpretations, influences, origins, inferences and every other nuance is ...


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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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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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Let's call the container where your input boxes and their labels reside a 'section'. I would base my changes to the UI on the idea that users have a better experience when they can read through the entire section in a flow. Consider placing appropriate labels to facilitate that. Compare prices between _____ and _____. or See how the prices changed from ...


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If you're trying to steer away from correct terminology (as words like 'revert' and 'cancel' are) because you're trying to target those less technically inclined then consider the following: Whilst buttons conventionally contain only one or two words, this can sometimes be ambiguous. By making the full extent of what the button does explicit rather than ...


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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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I've got no numbers for you or anything, but I do recall that negative words are often forgotten. So instead of saying "do not put soap in eyes", phrase it as "keep soap out of eyes".


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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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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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I think the word "undo" is very confusing. Why don't you try and get the things plain? This will cancel all changes made. Are you sure? Yes, cancel all changes. No, do not cancel anything. Please note I am not a native English speaker, I am not perfectly sure that the word "cancel" here would be correct.


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How about 'restore' or 'recover previous' or 'previous version' or 'revert changes' i.e. save cancel restore save cancel recover previous save cancel previous version save cancel revert changes Also use a tooltip of something like 'undo last edit'


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I would suggest to use clear language that really explains what the user is about to expect: Your session contains all changes made today between 13:00 and 16:00. Discarded changes are deleted permanently and can’t be recovered. And the buttons: [ Discard changes made during this session ] [ Keep my changes made during this session ] When ...



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