Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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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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Search Vs. Filter- what is the difference

From the view of the user (not from a technical view)- What are the main differences between searching and filtering data, in order to get specific results? i.e.- in both cases the user is looking ...
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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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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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“New” vs. “Create”

For buttons that initiate some content creation interaction, which label is better: "New X" or "Create X"? Are there specific uses that in which one is better than the other?
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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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Should the internal storage of a phone/tablet be referred to as “SD card” in the UI?

I help novice users with their Android devices. When browsing through the file system, many of them get confused about the fact that the internal storage (or rather, the emulated part they have access ...
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Blueprint VS WireFrame

Are there any particular difference between blueprint and wireframe? I did some researches and found that blueprint is style wireframes!
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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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What is the terminology for the page to which the user is redirected to, after successful login?

I did quite a search for this both online and offline, but couldn't find a satisfiable answer. Some of my colleagues suggested terminologies like Dashboard, Home page, Welcome page, landing page, etc. ...
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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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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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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 name of this moveable multiselect list? [duplicate]

This is killing me. I am trying to find out what is the name of this UI component that has two multiselect controls, where the left is a list of available items and the right is the list of selected ...
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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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Are there alternate names for a “one touch expandable” split pane button?

A Java tutorial on split panes describes how the draggable split divider can be optionally configured with two small buttons that, with one click, can make the split pane show the entirety of the left ...
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Is there a difference between affordance and discovery?

Looking at the UX principles that mozilla use as keywords to tag bugs in bugzilla it looks like ux-affordance and ux-discovery are very similar: ux-affordance — controls should visually express how ...
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Should I use the terminology left/right click?

When instructing users which mouse button to click an element with, it seems standard practice to use the phrase 'left/right click': To download the file, 'right click' the link and choose 'Save ...
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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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Should I use “Search” or "Find” on my buttons?

Working on a travel website UI. When I referred to some websites they use “Find Flights” on buttons used to lookup flights. In general, would you recommend I use "Search Flights" or "Find Flights” ...
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What is the UX definition of a View?

The term "view" is used a lot in UX. In programming it often refers specifically to a user interface element associated with a model (e.g. in MVC or MV* frameworks). But I've heard it used in other ...
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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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What's the difference between cards, panels, and tiles?

It seems as if with some of the modern front-end development frameworks there is a blur between the different types of 'container' elements. Whether this is an attempt to abstract the design from ...
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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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What to use - “Login” or “Sign in”? What about both?

I was trying to make up my mind whether to use "Login" or "Sign In" in the project I am working on by going through various well known websites. In my project, user can log in using either Facebook or ...
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Whats the best naming convention for items inside a list/cell using Sketch symbols?

The symbols included in Sketch have this structure for cells (used in list/table): Insert > Symbols > iOS UI Design > Cells > Table Insert > Symbols > iOS UI Design > Overrides > Cells Using the ...
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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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What word can be used to mean either click or tap?

Very often we need to speak generically about clicking or tapping an item, but there seems to be a lack of vocabulary in English for this. We could just say "click or tap" every time, but that is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 do you manage change of language/terminology in a scalable way for documentation (internal communication)

As UX Designers, we change and create words for things in the UI. Sometimes those are labels, sometimes error messages etc. I've found it very difficult to keep documentation - say confluence up to ...
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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 widget with side-by-side available/selected listboxes?

Two list-boxes, side by side, one with available items, the other with selected items, with arrows in between to move items back and forth.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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