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 / 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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What is this line referred as in a chart?

Is this called an anchor line? How is this supposed to be called?
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How to name a page that contains 3 features that have no relationship to each other?

I'm working on an intranet that requires users to input 3 different sets of information. One set is about their relationship to their organization (Partner, On leave, Applicant, etc). The second set ...
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Term to summarize webpage and mobile app

I am currently making a UX design course, so I am sorry if my question is silly. I am starting with my first projects and this question that I´ve been asking to myself for a while, is now stuck in my ...
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Industry term for when an app pre-fills information and remembers settings?

Is there a UX industry term for the system behavior where a user's information and preferences (like name or language) is carried across pages to personalize the experience of using the site?
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DesignOps in organizations with high levels of UX maturity

Now that we have moved on from ResearchOps to encompass the entire design process (DesignOps), is this a function that has been successfully implemented in what I assume would be very UX mature ...
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Which label is better for a blog article - Last updated or last modified

In the context of a blog where you have the date of the Blog article Title, author and date. There can be another date used to show when the last update of the article is. Is there a consideration or ...
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Name for a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list

I'm creating a control with a dropdown, text boxes, and a list; it's going to look somewhat like this: The text boxes are fixed (no matter what is selected, it would always be the same text boxes). ...
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Definition of “platform primitive”?

In a UX context, I've heard the Facebook Like Button described as a "platform primitive". Is this accurate, and can anyone expand on the meaning of platform primitive in this context?
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What's the “official” name of the trust selling block in e-commerce?

We are using a trust selling block in our online store like many web sites have, but we don't know its real name. Any ideas?
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How do you call top block with user info on a profile screen?

There is this block in every social media app, on a user profile screen. It contains user's userpic, name and other info, before their content starts below it. How do UX designers and developers call ...
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What is the best terminology to use on a modal's buttons when a user is about to leave said page?

I hope this question is not too banal. I would like to use the best terminology for a modal's buttons. Context: I'm building a feature for an administrative tool. The feature is on a customer ...
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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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Does your large organization have a governance committee? What are they called?

I work at a very large organization (10k employees) that make widely distributed products. Several managers are starting a governance/oversight/steering committee to pull the org together and start a ...
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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 [closed]

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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What's this kind of menu called?

When you click a link, it opens another tab and puts a link to the previous one on it's top. It solves my problem, but I can't find what it's named (english is not my 1st language). Here's an ...
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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 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 ...