Is this called an anchor line? How is this supposed to be called?

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  • Crosshair? even if there's a single line?
    – essdeepee
    Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 14:25
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    That seems to be what highcharts calls it in that example, and also what I call it in my own charts. Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 14:29
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    They're anchors, unless you need a name for the two points at the same time point? Commented Jul 22, 2019 at 15:00
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    Anchors or data points, and gridlines.
    – Ren
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 7:15
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    Does the line follow your mouse movements? Then you could call it a vertical cursor.
    – Schmuddi
    Commented Jul 23, 2019 at 9:53

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I don't understand how this is a UX question or how this name helps you, but I will explain the functionality anyway.

A crosshair is a pair of perpendicular lines (horizontal and vertical) that move when the mouse is moved or hover some important points on the graphic (depending on the requirements/ implementation). Usually, there are also two labels displayed on the X- and Y-axes in the points where the axes are crossed by the crosshair lines or a tooltip with the data.

Sometimes, a line or a label of the crosshair is hidden - the example from your image.

Maybe this example helps you more (it is more clear the functionality with a crosshair on both axes):

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Other examples in charts:

Crosshairs are thin vertical and horizontal lines centered on a data point in a chart. When you, as a chart creator, enable crosshairs in your charts, your users will then be able to target a single element

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    "I don't understand how this is a UX question or how this name helps you" Perhaps OP wants to refer to it in tool-tips / help-text / documentation.
    – TripeHound
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 12:28
  • @TripeHound A developer will know what to do, how to implement it or what it is. Never a designer sent me this kind of notes with names for every line (I'm also a front-end dev). This is why I added in my answer details about the functionality, that can be useful for UX. The name, not so important, nobody cares. Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 13:23
  • Without wanting to get bogged-down in a minor detail of a good answer... I never mentioned "developer". I'm talking about a term the user might see either directly in the UI or other documentation. If there is an established term for a particular UI feature (and "cross-hairs" would seem to be the right one here), then using that name can be important and is, I would argue, part of UX/UI (although I am predominately a developer, so not an expert on such matters).
    – TripeHound
    Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 13:40
  • @TripeHound I understand your point of view. I still don't think the name could help the user or the designer... Commented Jul 24, 2019 at 13:44
  • How about if someone’s patenting an idea where every single thing needs to be properly described?
    – essdeepee
    Commented Jul 26, 2019 at 13:21

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