This question might be better suited for English.SE, but since it seems so specific to UX, I figured I'd try it here first:

Is there a (shorter, easier) word or phrase I could use to say that something is removed from the main view and "disclosed progressively"?

Not necessarily looking for a mainstream word/phrase, just one I could adopt to make it less awkward to talk about this concept in daily design conversations.

Examples of usage:

These form fields would be _____ since they are only important in rare cases.

I'd like to see what happens if we _____ this component, since users were complaining about information overload on this screen.

What if we didn't _____ that piece of the workflow? We could include it right before the confirmation step, so people don't miss it as often.

  • Not sure if this is what you mean, but what about "omit" or "omitted"? Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 19:25
  • @WilliamAnderson Shorter, yes, but it seems like it implies that you're taking it out entirely.
    – Nate Green
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 19:36

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Jakob Nielsen uses the term defer which I think conveys the idea accurately. The same article also uses the term hide which makes sense as well - hidden items can be shown when needed.

Quote the article:

Progressive disclosure defers advanced or rarely used features to a secondary screen, making applications easier to learn and less error-prone.

Staged disclosure would defer the payment details to a secondary screen.

The more features you can defer, the simpler your design, but if you divide the task into too many steps, users get bogged down by excess navigation.

By hiding the advanced settings, progressive disclosure helps novice users avoid mistakes and saves them the time they would have spent contemplating features that they don't need.

  • Could you include some examples in your answer, just in case the link dies in the future?
    – Nate Green
    Commented Apr 24, 2017 at 20:15
  • Good point, I added a few quotes from the article. Commented Apr 25, 2017 at 4:43

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