Questions tagged [terminology]

Words used to describe or identify things, either from the user or designer's perspective.

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What is a good resource for objective data on what to label options in an application, e.g. should they be called settings, preferences, or options?

I'm looking for objective and publicly available quantitative research on the language that users prefer or industry best practices on what to call options in an application. When is it best to use ...
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For a completed status of task, “Completed” or "Succeeded, which one is more clear to the user?

Personally I prefer using "Succeeded" than "Completed" to indicate the task has been successfully completed without failures in the context below, I was suggested to use "...
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What term best describes focus on a low barrier to entry for an application?

I am building an application that I would like to describe as being accessible in the sense of having a very low barrier to entry. By this I mean it's an online tool that you can start using ...
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What is a Problem Statement?

Can someone help me clarify what are the Problem Statements and Hypothesis Statements in UX Research? Do you need to provide a single statement per project or multiple? What are the differences from ...
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Term “Eye load”?

I am missing a term to describe the mental load which is needed for a human to parse a large menu. For example I want to switch to google forms: My eyes need to parse the symbols and/or text to find ...
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An alternative name for a Dashboard, with more functions?

We have an app that works in two separate pages. It involves sharing content and presenting information with other users. The secondary, optional (but highly recommended) page is called a dashboard. ...
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What is the 'Go' button on a page of a set of forms called?

The user has completed a form in a set of forms. Or made some option choices. The button, bottom right, loads the next form. What's the correct generic name for this button? (I called it the 'Go' ...
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What is the name of the web element that divided in columns and have illustrations on each column?

Do you know the name of this kind of element that is usually used in web design? Searching around I have a feeling that it doesn't really have a specific name, just "column design" or ...
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What is the name of this UI component? (Caspio actions/logic builder)

Caspio (and other software I've seen over the years) includes a visual method of defining logic as shown in the screenshot below. Does anyone know the name of this type of component? Does anyone know ...
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What is the name of this control that looks like a floating toolbar called?

Google Forms uses a nice context control that looks like a toolbar, but floats towards the selected element (question): It behaves similarly to a context menu (activated when clicking on a certain ...
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Component used for themes or customization at the top of the application

I noticed recently an interesting feature in the Microsoft Office 365 applications that seemed subtle but piqued my interest. It sits at the top right of the application window as a wispy cloud like ...
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How is this UI called (multiple pages with settings, dots on bottom marks progress, usually after install of app)

On mobile phone when I install some app it shows few pages with basic settings, at the bottom are dots indicating progress, sometimes back/next button. How is this thing called? I want to find and try ...
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Best practice for meaning of “return” in UI flow

For context in this question, I am recalling a programmable thermostat interface with four large buttons, two each on the left and right side of an LCD display. The display showed labels for the ...
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“Save” vs “Add”: What button should I use for my app?

I'm working on an app to book appointments and need to decide what text to use in the button for the last step of the booking process: "Save Appointment" or "Add Appointment"
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For describing a connection to a server, what noun (“server”, “cloud”, etc.) is more recognizable to users?

In an app (web and mobile) I'd like to provide information to the user when they're no longer connected to the server. The app will still work while offline but will be missing some autosave and sync ...
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Is there a name for “return on investment” where the “return” is not money?

We had a discussion with an economist about the concept of UX Debt. At a certain point, I wanted to explain that not all UX processes can be measured in a quantitative or monetary way, but that there ...
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What is navigating backwards through the Alt-Tab UI called?

In Windows, you can use Alt+tab to navigate through windows in "Most recently used" order (MRU order). Subsequent tab keypresses will continue to move you through the MRU ordering, until alt ...
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What would be a descriptive name for this UI element?

I'm looking for a descriptive and relatively intuitive name for this UI element you very often find in game's settings screens. It's a list of options (labels) that you can horizontally run through ...
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What is the name for the single read-only element in a status bar or toolbar?

I would like to know if there is some simple name for single information unit in status bar or toolbar, in a broad context (not connected to any concrete UI framework). Concrete use-case is that I'm ...
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What is the purpose of a swap button in an airline booking app?

I am new to the community so I appreciate all replies :) First, what is the official terminology for this type of button? Second, what purpose does it serve in booking a flight?
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What's the difference between Welcome screen, Getting Started screen and Start Window?

Microsoft Office has "Start Window": Visual Studio also has "Start window": This is an example of welcome screen: And this is a getting Started Screen for LabView: What's the ...
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What do you call it when a simplified function masks another?

What do you call a user interface decision that makes a it partially easier to do a thing, but as a result you overshadow a more complete solution. The users then don't end up using the complete ...
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What term denotes “respecting dark and light themes”?

If my website displays appropriately on a wide variety of screen sizes, I would say, "My website is responsive." In a similar spirit, if my website respects the user's choice of light theme ...
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What's a better term for “stupid” user?

A common term in the design world is: Design for stupid. Another one is the acronym KISS which stands for: Keep it simple stupid. or Keep it stupid simple. The logic in these statements is that ...
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Is there a specific name for this type of navigation?

Currently, I'm working on a project that requires a lot of repeated navigational options. For example: System 1: Transform; Require; Pipeline. System 2: Transform; Require; Pipeline. System 3: ...
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If a user is creating a collection with the same name as another collection, should we allow it?

I work on a system where people can create their own content and share it internally with their colleagues. I am creating a method of organizing favorite or most recently used items into collections ...
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What's the best word to use for table overlapping the mobile screen to show the information on the right, “swipe left” or “slide left”?

For me, the best way to show the list is by using cards either you scroll sideways or scrolling down by having each list stacked cards. With client preference to have the table similar UI and behavior ...
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What is Strategic design and its process?

So I am a UX designer but I have been researching about this new role of "design strategist or strategic designer" and even though I read articles and watched many videos about it, I'm still ...
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What are these UI elements for viewing videos called?

YouTube has this nice functionality, where if you hover over the controls, you can see a preview frame of the time you're hovering above: Is there a specific name for this kind of preview? Also, ...
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Is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral visual data output device as a “monitor”, “display”, “screen”, or something else?

In English language UIs, is it preferable to describe a computer's ephemeral data visual data output device as a "monitor", "display", "screen", or something else? All ...
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What text most clearly represents “Download all that have not already been downloaded” (for a button or link)?

If I have a table of items to download, some of which may already have been downloaded, what is the most succinct and clearest phrase to use for a button or link which represents "download all ...
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What are the areas of a screen on a mobile called, which can be easily reached when holding the phone with one hand?

I'm trying to research the issue, and don't have a name for these locations.
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Determining correct term for a button with options and Vue JS example [duplicate]

I am familiar with some UI terms but certainly not all. I remember smiling when I figured out what people meant by the term "snackbar" (and have now designed one myself). However, there is a button ...
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What is the name for Flutter's sliver-like behaviors?

I'm looking for a component name that behaves like flutter's sliver: Here is an example of sliver. What i'm looking for exactly is a list that collapses or expands based on how much you dragged, ...
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Live/interactive elements in browser tab bars

I saw another interesting example of an interactive/live UI element in browser tab bars recently, this time it is a %scrolled value for a page. A very popular and common example I have seen ...
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Which is the name of the pre home screens?

I am in doubt, which is name of all the pre home screens? Login / Signup Language Selection Screen Forgot password Privacy and T&C Secondary flows out of the core platform Even sometimes, the ...
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“Missile launch” button pattern name and implementation?

I am curious about a specific confirmation pattern. The best way I could describe it is the "missile launch" pattern, where the user has to "arm" the button by removing some sort of cover before ...
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Novel design patterns used to attract user attention but not a call-to-action

On the seek.com job website there is an interesting little character on the top of the navigation: When you hover over this character, there is a small interaction/animation Which basically extends ...
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Generic term for measuring time between user creating a listing and removing that listing?

I am measuring the time between users creating a listing and deactivating a listing to A/B test and make inferences around success (for some apps, including the one I'm working on, a shorter listing ...
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What do we call this element?

What should I call this element? Popup? Dialog? Modal?
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Industry Term for “Eye-Catching”

I am thinking there is an industry term for an element or animation that brings attention to another, or is itself inherently eye catching. e.g. Anyway, my general concern is that the transition ...
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What is the name for a plot that shows data at each X,Y coordinate

I'm creating some new plotting infrastructure and I can't figure out what this type of plot should be called. It's a pretty basic plot where you have an Cartesian X-Y grid and each grid cell ...
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What is the standard in crypto markets, “Open Orders” or “Pending Orders”? [closed]

I am wondering what is the best way to name a section where only pending/open transaction are gonna be shown. As a crypto "broker", what will be more understandable, open or pending orders?
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What is the terminology, UI name for readonly field value?

What is the terminology of the following UI elements in this screenshot? John Doe https://www.facebook.com/john.doe Principal: john.doe@gmail.com ... These UI elements are readonly field values; ...
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Is there an established term for the “initial scan” a user does on a page?

This introductory article on the role of contrast in design says Designers should know that we humans habitually scan our surroundings. We may focus on one small area or item for a time, but when ...
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What is the term for large photo modals? Is there anything better than “lightbox”?

What is the best term for a UI showing large image or image gallery in a modal? Two common use cases are e-commerce sites and photo galleries. The first term that comes to mind is lightbox as the ...
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Labeling and using links that have alternate Spanish translation

I need to convey to the user that a link presented in English to a site or doc is also offered in Spanish. What's the best way to show this? Visualization through parenthetical (Espagnol), a flag?
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Is it bad practice to change the name of a menu item after the function has been used?

We have a function on our website where the user is able to link a page to other existing pages. When a page has links to other pages, a special icon is displayed on the page, through which the user ...
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UI component or design pattern for juxtaposition of images for comparison

This was a design concept/pattern that I first saw in use for an interactive on a website to show the before and after images of a natural disaster event. Since then I have seen it pop up in a couple ...
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New name after duplicating existing entry

Imagine I have list of names. User could duplicate one of the names but the system requires that each name is unique. To save users time, the name field of the duplicate name is already prefilled. ...

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