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Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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What's the difference between a panel and pane?

When naming different components in a layout what is considered a panel and what is a pane?
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Use of terms: Technical or Layman

Recently, I stumbled upon a situation where I need to create a form with fields that are somewhat unpopular. For example, I ask for users' post-nominal letters. Now this term is really not so ...
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Global object to apply to every page -or- Custom object

I have a site that allows users to create and share lists. Each page represents a different list. I'm adding a secondary list below which represents a shared or global list across all the user's pages....
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Sematics Question for People Who Know About SSL certificates

I'm looking to get some quick, informal feedback about some copy we may use in our UI. If you're familiar with SSL certificates, can you read the copy below and let me know your thoughts? Copy: "...
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Terms used for overloading UI element to provide additional functionality/display

I am looking for a term to describe the way that some UI elements are overloaded to display more information or provide features that are not always appropriate for what the UI element was originally ...
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Term for helpful information in a form

I'm writing up a proposal and got stumped on the description for this element: The informative text (in pink) underneath a field is there to provide a reason for the required data, therefore ...
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What do you call QA testing on UI?

I need to test on what I usually call UI design consistency: namely, the relation between a design and its implementation, considering only the visual aspects, leaving out any other consideration. One ...
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How to best name enterprise tools or portals?

If you have worked within a large organisation you would have most probably operated in highly siloed environments with a lot of legacy systems and third party software. I have worked in a number of ...
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What is the name of this control?

Can anyone suggest a name for this control? It's designed to display nested hierarchical data, in the same manner as a TreeView control. However, unlike a tree, it can only expand one "branch" at a ...
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Name of theory for more users giving low ratings

There's a theory or study that shows evidence that users are more prone to provide reviews if the review is bad than if the review is good. Kind of a "revenge" review. However, can't find it on ...
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Is there a pattern name for allowing users to add fields?

When a user is allowed to add/remove additional fields (or field groups) within a form, what is this interface paradigm called? EDIT: in the example screenshots, each "row" of field(s) can be added/...
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What is the term for the design pattern/micro-interaction where you speed up an action by holding a button?

I think most of us are familiar with the interaction of holding onto a button and watching a particular value increment or cycle through at a constant speed. However, I think it is common practice ...
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Do these vertically swipeable views have a standard name?

So I've noticed this type of view appearing across a variety of popular apps recently, including Music (iOS), Google Maps, and recently also Twitter: It extends only partially from the bottom of the ...
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Synonym for action of filling out a form

I can't believe I'm essentially begging Stack Exchange to find a synonym, but I'm stumped. I've tried every thesaurus and synonym dictionary. So, the Customer Service Representative (CSR) has created ...
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What term works best for unset start/end dates in a range?

I'm rendering information about the date range (or period) that a report was generated from. E.g. from July 1st to August 31, 2018. Report Period: 2018-07-01 - 2018-08-31 However either the start ...
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Nomenclature for all parts of a progressbar

I'm looking to get a name for all off the different parts of a progressbar. e.g. Loading [ =====> ] 1/20 (5%) done I want to know what name can be given to the following parts: "Loading" ...
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Q: What's the name of this type of keyboard filter interaction?

I want to know a name for the type of keyboard filtering where a each time a user enters a character, the rest of the keyboard disables all characters which aren't relevant anymore because no word can ...
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Layman's term and description for 2-Step Verification process

Many of us are probably used to seeing or hearing the term 'Two factor authentication' or '2 Step Verification' process by now, although we are probably more familiar with the interaction involved (i....
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Is there a UX term for a “happy state”?

A "happy state" is a bit like an empty state but occurs when the user successfully completes a task or likewise. Is there a coined term for this kind of screen? Example (this source names it a "...
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How to name different data display types?

I'm working on this specific system where we're allowing users to save search data for future re-use based on 3 criteria: Save based on searched term (eg, if I searched for "Foo", the user will save "...
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Word choice for a health-monitoring app: patients, clients, dependents, other? [closed]

I'm designing the UX for a healthcare app, to help carers remotely monitor elderly patients. The word currently being used (in the prototype) to describe the elderly is "dependents" but it has ...
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Token-based interactive system meaning [closed]

Recently I enrolled to HCI course, and there was mentioned that WIMP (windows, icons, menus, pointer) is a token-based interactive system. Does anyone knows what does token-based mean in WIMP system, ...
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What is stepper? Is it wizard?

I have a doubt what is stepper? There is confusion in term i.e being used or explained in iOS and Google Material design. Which is the right meaning of stepper? Is iOS or material design right or ...
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How to display thumbnails for designs

I wanted to create thumbnails of websites or layouts I created e.g when showcasing a portfolio. what are tools or technique to showcase your website or design in a thumbnail? What is that technique ...
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What are the differences between “Remember me” and “Stay signed in” functionality?

For my understanding: "Remember me" We store password and username without login. User clicks the login button and is logged in. "Stay Signed in" We store password and username with login. ...
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What do you call websites that scroll sideways AND vertically?

I need to research sites with similar functionality to this one: https://weima.com/en/ but I can only find side scrollers or vertical ones - not both together - please could someone suggest a search ...
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Looking for word or definition of “intro” of a site

See related meta post I answered: https://meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/369410/why-is-there-no-explanation-hint-when-a-big-ui-change-occurs What is this type of functionality called (aside from ...
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What is the name of this UI element that contains two lists? [duplicate]

What is the name or phrase used to describe the above (admittedly quickly put together UI for the sake of this question) element? Most of the implementations of it have had these common functions: ...
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What is the proper name for “catastrophe style” blocks of content?

We're building a layout for a big newspaper with lots of customizable content blocks for different needs. One of the requests is what they call "Catastrophe Block": a special block that will show up ...
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Synonym/Alternative for “Access Revoked”

We have a web app where an admin can invite and revoke access for users. After which, the user cannot log in, but history/activity from them will still be shown. So we're not removing the user ...
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Are desktop applications called “apps” yet?

Now that we're in a mobile-dominated world, is it acceptable to call computer programs that run on desktop computers Apps? Take this example from the OSS Podlove subscribe button. When activated on a ...
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What is the view used in Age of Empires(Game) called?

The general interface of the game where we can view everything happening, zoom in and out, and interact with the objects. It includes sidebars for some more information to provide about the object ...
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Word used to describe first page of app

What's the term used to describe the "landing page" of a mobile app, i.e. when a user first opens the app? I know a "home page" would do for the user, but I'm looking for the technical term when ...
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What is the terminology for “floating links”?

Quite often I come across this type of an answer: The answer is in this mechanism. [2 lines of mechanism] Your mistake was [2 lines] https://link.to.com/a_research_paper Also note that another ...
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Name of action of “navigating” a list

Let's say you are navigating a list, grid or dropdown with the keyboard arrows. Pressing the arrows changes the temporarily "selected" item, and pressing enter selects it (a bit like the element on a ...
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What's the best way to name something that “belongs” to the user?

I am working on a web app and there's this section where the user can add devices (desktop, tablet, phone) that they are using to play games along with some technical specifications - it's a game-...
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What are some analogs for “My Account”?

I'm working on a web application and I'm looking to name the area of the site that has the following: Manager Profile (preferences for the current user who is a manager. Like avatar, name, email, etc)...
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User Guide or User's Guide (or something else)?

Since almost every designer/developer I know RTFM's (ahem), thought I'd ask... When you need a reference to help you understand a tool, which term to you think of/search for? User Guide User's Guide ...
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What is the name of this scroller component?

I have these arrows that when clicked scroll n cards to the side. I would like to find a React component that does that, but I don't know how is it called.
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Examples of UX vs Ergonomy in web / mobile

I'm trying to define UX vs. ergonomics so I'm searching the web for good examples to illustrate both of them. Have you have any pictures or examples of mobile app or websites that could be considered ...
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Name for combo box with substring filter?

What do you call a combobox in which what you write in the combobox filters a (long) list that can be accessed as a dropdown menu. Here we filter with the strings igh, s, and not old; so any line ...
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What is the transluscent background of a modal dialog called?

These days it's common for modal dialogs to also reduce the brightness of the background content, to make it clear that it can't be interacted with. This is especially common on the web. What is the ...
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Are components and patterns same in interface design?

I hear term component and pattern used widely on blogs, articles, books and by my team mates. Most of the time they are used interchangeably by few people, which makes little confusion if they are ...
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What is this two-columned selection dialog called? [duplicate]

What is the name, if there is one, for the following dialog type? Are there any alternatives?
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What would you call a UX entity for which only one instance can exist?

I'm working on a notification platform and found a somewhat amusing bug. My software checks for updates every N minutes, and if there is an update, lets the user know via a non-modal notification. The ...
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Google Maps's route view: What's the correct term for this “string of beads” element?

What would you call this vertical sequence of stops?
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How is this semi-transparent content block called?

I have seen this pattern many times: the content is hidden with a semitransparent superposition that provides a sense of continuity. The content under this semi-transparency layer is displayed after ...
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Is there a metric for how much cognitive effort it takes a person to execute a task?

I'm curious if there is a branch of science that has tried to quantify the amount of attention or cognitive effort it takes to complete a task? Some high/low examples: A musician performing on the ...
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What do you call this side to side selector?

Code pen: https://codepen.io/kiwideejay/full/LzgBGQ/ It's essentially a radio button group - user must have one selected, and only one selected. The context it's used for isn't really filling in ...
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Better word for contributing content

I'm working on website that heavily features user-contributed content. I currently have a link titled "Contribute" that leads to a page explaining how a user can help, in the form of adding new ...