I'm currently re-writing some software documentation for users, and I'm stuck on how to label the columns on this page, which lists files that you've recently exported from the system, with various columns to describe the file. In the old documentation they are called "Features," which sounds pretty inaccurate to me, but a better word is escaping me. Thanks for any help you can give.
I'd say attributes or details, but prefer attributes. Features could be a synonym for attributes or details, but since features tends to have a certain connotation in software development, I think attributes or details have a more agnostic tone. I prefer attributes because it indicates specific characteristics, whereas details sounds more generic to me (like "stuff" does).
The bit of information missing from the question is who the documentation is for, so:
- If the documentation is for IT-literate users, "attributes" probably works (although I tend to think of those sorts of things as properties of the file)
- If for novice users, instead of "details of the files", try "information about the files".