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What is the best term for a UI showing large image or image gallery in a modal?

screenshot of a big image on an e-commerce site

Two common use cases are e-commerce sites and photo galleries.

The first term that comes to mind is lightbox as the original JS library was called like that and the terms seems to have caught on in the JS / web ecosystem, e.g., "7 Best WordPress Lightbox Plugins" or "How to create a lightbox".

One possible reservation is that "lightbox" generally means "a piece of UI that is above the page, with the rest of the page dimmed". Even if the modal is very small, it is still a "lightbox UI".

I quite liked the term "theater" mentioned here – that makes me think about something taking almost the full screen, which is good. However, I've never seen this term used in any UI library / toolkit I've ever used, unlike e.g. "hero" (which is also "strange" but once you get used to it, it is clear and unique).

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    What happened to 'lightbox'? What made you try to come with a new term for this? – Ren Mar 14 at 14:21
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    What is exactly the reason you are looking for that name? Because that can have impact on the resulting answer. Call it a media viewer, preview, theater etc. to name it after the purpose it has, no matter in what way it is viewed. Or call it a lightbox, modal, popup etc. if it is important to communicate the specific UI component, no matter what purpose it has. – jazZRo Mar 16 at 8:01
  • Lightbox as a term is older than js library with the same name (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightbox). And it too might be misunderstanding and should be called Light table (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_table). – locationunknown Mar 16 at 8:44
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Pop gallery, gallery up, popgall, imagomodal, gallmodal, imagoboom, gallboom, gallpopover, galleryfirst. Some ideas :)

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  • seems a bit silly. But this is a strange time. – Mayo Mar 19 at 13:11

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