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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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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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Does the user need to know the specifics of what's happening? Resubscribe or Subscribe would seem to be more consistent for the user as their perspective would be more with regard to whether or not they are receiving the notifications and not so much the how.


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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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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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One of the clearest examples of those I've seen went something like this: That's it, you've been unsubscribed! Didn't mean to unsubscribe? <Subscribe again>!


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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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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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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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If the user has just clicked 'Unsubscribe' then you might show 'Resubscribe' to afford them an option to Undo. However, if some time has passed then just show 'Subscribe' as its essentially the same regardless if they were previously in the White List. Or best yet is just to simply say 'Subscribe Again' after the Unsubscribe action. You are preserving ...


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Why not interactivate? to add or enable the interactivity of something. Boss: "Did you interactivate that screen yet?" Drone: "Yeah, I added the ajax calls and tablesorting last week!" Urban Dictionary


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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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Tracking code is invalid Is it? Is it really? Is there no possibility that the code is actually valid, but not in the system for some reason. Tracking Code was not recognized Not recognized? Did I get the case wrong? Why was it not recognized? Was it my fault or the computer's fault or the company's fault? Neither of these messages really help me ...


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The 5th definition is for dynamic is: Computers. (of data storage, processing, or programming) affected by the passage of time or the presence or absence of power: Dynamic memory must be constantly refreshed to avoid losing data. "Dynamic websites contain Web pages that are generated in real time." Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a verb ...


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Looking around there are not any studies I can see as such. Something I would rely on from experience would be consistency. The majority of interfaces use this terminology to describe the action and users understand this. Alternatively you could follow this approach: You do not explicitly say the word hide, but the checkboxes imply it. It would ...


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Make the message as specific as possible. For example if the name of the column is "Product Code" and the user entered 12345, display the following message. Product 12345 is already in list Also ommit needless words like "The", "This", "That" to make the message shorter. Maybe you can remove "is" also.


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Dynamize is the first word that came to mind. It looks like at least one dictionary (AmE) agrees that this word fits: https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3A+dynamize


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Better way for distinguishing would be using different set of image/icon to represent whether user is using desktop or handheld device. Similar to facebook app which shows whether user is login from desktop/web or phone device.


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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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If your use case is POS, what terms apply to that context? In my past the terms were cash wrap and on the floor. You could also use 'counter' vs 'mobile'. It gets tricky when you may have one device (a tablet) that can be docked at the cash wrap or carried around the store.


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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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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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Based on a quick Google search, the major players are still using the word "scroll" in conjunction with touch screens. Apple - "navigating your Mac using your fingers to tap, scroll, pinch and swipe feels perfectly natural." Microsoft - "How to do it: swipe your finger across the screen. What it does: scrolls through what's on the screen." And so on. I ...


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I don't think either options is ideal. Save The problem with keeping is as 'save' is that the user has already performed an action. The user now expect (or predict) that something will happen. Now the error message shows, but now the user has to gather they need to use the same button for something else - to confirm they wish to save. This is confusing, ...


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It's not 100% clear from your question whether the product exists yet. Register your Interest would be good if you are collecting leads for a product that doesn't exist yet. Request a Quote is pretty standard if the product exists, but further contact is required for the sale. However, it implies that the price is unlisted and negotiable. If the price is ...


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"The value you entered is already in the list" is a little redundant because I know I just entered the value. I would go with "This value is already in the list". The tone of the message depends on the audience. Friendly (i.e. wordier) is nicer for consumers. I would also think about whether "value" is an appropriate word for the audience. Programmers and ...


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Maybe something mentioning groups (as in they are all part of the same group) or perhaps something more explicit to imply that they are mutually exclusive like "choose only one answer" or "single answer". Reading your question again, I think "multiple answers" and "single answer" are a good way to go. Or maybe just "single" and "multiple" and perhaps ...


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From what you write in your question it sounds like you are actually letting the user select between single choice and multiple choice. This control overrides what other choices the user have made already, which you need to handle. Do you reset already given selections (by the user) or do you allow them to be seen in a disabled state? To me this is more ...


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I would suggest the clearer "No package with tracking code XYZ was found." It's tempting to suggest a few possible causes as well, such as "Make sure you've typed the code correctly" and the like, but those might be misleading, and most of the time aren't all that helpful anyway: if you see the error message and it mentions the number you typed, a quick ...



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