I am working on style guidance for a enterprise app. The name of the UI components within the app is not consistent. Is there any standard list of web name, terms or labeling as a reference for making a decision on which name to choose? e.g, use submit instead of OK, use sign in stead of log on.


The guide below lists consistent terms for various actions and even shows how to spell things in American English as they value consistent spelling and capitalization across action buttons.


The verbs you use will vary greatly depending on your target audience (old, young, technical, non-technical, American, British, etc.)

Here are some general labeling guidelines to follow and links to additional information while building your guide.

1. Use a verb instead of OK

A button that says Format is better than a detailed explanation of what you are about to do followed by a button that says OK. See more examples in the following thread...

Should I use Yes/No or Ok/Cancel on my message box?

2. Cancel isn't always clear

The word cancel usually tells the user they can back out of an action without saving any changes (similar to saying never mind)

Read the thread below for more information on when cancel isn't clear...

What to call "Cancel" when "Cancel" is already the default action?

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