Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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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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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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What's the correct term, 'Clone' or 'Duplicate'?

In my software program there is a list of items. Users can duplicate/clone one of these items to slightly alter. What's the correct terminology to use on the button that performs this action? 'Clone' ...
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What is different between Aa and Tt?

Many apps use Aa and Tt, sometimes the second letter in small caps, to indicate a text field or to display font options. Is there any different between them? What are the cases in which one should be ...
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Is there a technical term for “display-during-click-only”-menu bars?

Some old Linux programs like xfig, xfontsel, xditview expand a menu bar only while the left mouse button is down (pretty unusual) and the mouse is above the menu bar of the program (pretty normal) ...
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What is the difference between UX, CX, and BX?

I have been researching the relationship between User Experience (UX), Customer Experience (CX), and Brand Experience (BX) and found different definitions. One says UX is the subset of CX and CX is a ...
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What is the name for the UX pattern for showing ambiguous count for likes, votes etc?

While browsing various social media platforms, I encounter this upvote, likes button that shows an ambiguous count for the aforementioned things. Is there a name for such a pattern ?
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General types of output of a computer [closed]

I am trying to understand what are the general types of output of a computer. I assume the following described general types of output are the only ones in the cosmos, but I might be wrong: Screened ...
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Is there a term / scientific name for “UI feedback”?

For instance, we have a wonderful term for features that communicate interaction - Affordances. Is there something for the visual/haptic/tactile/sound/any-other feedback of UI controls? I'm looking ...
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Separate subsection for outreach materials?

I'm creating website with the following things: Blog Programs / activities / events Podcast Newsletter All of these things seem like they could be classified as "outreach". However, I really dont ...
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Single Pole Double Throw U momentary switch UI control

I have a designer working on a 3 position momentary control: it's something like a typical boolean control, with a circle inside an oval to designate on/off states, but in this case the normal ...
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Is there a name / descriptor for “elevated backgrounds”?

I'm trying to find a good naming structure to name commonly "elevated" elements in box-like components. What I mean by this is not buttons or similar things, but rows with different background colors, ...
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What is the adjective for “only one of many can be active at once”?

I have a toolbar in which some or all tools are in an only-one-active-at-once state. That is, if there are tools A+B+C, if A is active and I activate B, A becomes inactive. What's the proper term for ...
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How to show that more information is hidden?

I'm creating a dashboard with multiple states of information shown for each item. At this stage, I've got a "quick dashboard" and a "full dashboard". I'm trying to maintain a site-wide style of ...
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Name for design pattern used in complex or boolean search criteria

I am looking to see if there is a term that describes this type of design pattern or if there are well known examples of its implementation. This is an extension of the design pattern where a search ...
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What's the difference between “Short URL”, “Short Link”, “Tiny URL” and “Tiny Link ”?

What is a good way to get the wording that most resonates with the user through user testing? Context: We're working on developing an URL shortener product, but we're not sure which of the 4 names ...
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How to better communicate change of name to existing users?

Our product has in the recent years grown and I think that to a new user, a different taxonomy would make more sense. The good thing is that we don't quite have too many existing users yet so I think ...
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Media Creation - What's an Alternative Terminology for X & Y Axis?

I'm creating an online media editor and am struggling to find alternate/correct terminology for aligning something (media) on the X-axis & Y-axis, or maybe these terms are understandable for users?...

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