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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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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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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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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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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