I am working on an internal web application. I am trying to find the best way to distinguish with verbiage a way to differentiate between actions the user can take and system status indicators.
For example: The user can create and configure a feed of data. After the feed is created they can see the status of "offline"/"online" based on the status of the system as well as the actions to "enable"/"disable" the feed. It looks as though this scenario may come up several times and I want to make sure to be consistent in the language I am using.
- Right now my rule of thumb is to try to find verbiage that is actionable for user actions and descriptive for status type elements. Is focusing on the verbiage the right approach or should I be looking more at the type of UI elements to make it more specific?
- Are there resources to help define and standardize the verbiage within a large application or throughout a suite of applications?