Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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What is this called in GUI? A “panel” that contains tabs

I have a feeling this answer will depend on everyone's opinions and which design spec they follow. However, maybe it will give me a broader perspective. I have a "panel" (as best as I can describe). ...
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Naming convention for Tabs

I am working on a tab UI and my goal is to show the remaining number of a particular entity left. The first image is what I got in the first iteration. I tried a different variation in the second ...
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What is such a presentation of music cover art images called?

Can someone guide me what is the design pattern used in the below image? What is it called?
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Naming of automatic and semi-automatic software calculation function

I'm having trouble discerning how to name an auxiliary function/button in our software. The first already exists and essentially performs a one-click automatic calculation. The need is for a secondary ...
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Is there data on what types of names make your software memorable?

Forgive me if this is considered off topic, I looked through all of the stack exchange sites and this seemed like the closest fit. If someone can recommend a more appropriate site, let me know and I'...
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Shorter phrase or idiom for “progressively disclose”?

This question might be better suited for English.SE, but since it seems so specific to UX, I figured I'd try it here first: Is there a (shorter, easier) word or phrase I could use to say that ...
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Correct terminology for image on top, banner or header?

In my company "header" and "banner" are used in the same manner for the area on top of websites that contains a picture and some text. Causing some confusion. What's the correct term for this area? ...
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Definitions for standard terms

I am working on creating documentation for the tool we built at work and had two main thoughts : Is there like an industry standard glossary with regard to getting definitions to various terms? More ...
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Naming recommendation for News & Activity feed

We are developing a feed for our mobile application that consists of news and activity updates. Looking to use a creative name but not confuse the customer base as to it's purpose. Has anyone been ...
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What is a term used to describe design philosophies that enhance user experience but reduces engagement?

Typically one of the metrics or measures of success in UX design is user engagement, whereby the amount of time that a user spends in meaningful interaction with the product or service can be seen an ...
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What do you call a counter with slot-machine-like animation?

What is a counter with slot-machine-like animation called? Similar to this counter: http://flipclockjs.com/faces/counter But with this kind of animation and look: https://matthewlein.com/...
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Can I use an example in a field name?

Is it acceptible to include an example/illustration in a parameter label? We have a feature that can read numbers imported via Excel spreadsheet as minor currency units, meaning if the user enters 60 ...
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Naming Confusion

I have two applications A and B. A refers to a external application and B refers to the application that is being used. User can sync contacts from A to B or B to A. I decided to show it in tab ...
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The difference between usability and accessibility

Quoting this article: A web site is not usable unless it is accessible So if website is not designed for people with disabilities it is not considered to be usable? I thought it's the other way ...
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Do we “open” or “launch” or “start”apps?

A counterpart to Do we “exit”, “quit” or "close" an application?... Imagine you're browsing a list of apps and there's a button next to each one that will run the application when ...
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What to name to the “body” of a software application

I'm currently participating on the design of a software application (not to be run on a browser) and after talking with the team that is handling the documentation about the software, a question ...
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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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What are best practices for naming convention, hierarchy structure for shared drives? [closed]

I'm working on a project to organize a Google Drive used to share company folders and files. I don't want to make changes for the sake of change. I do want to base the changes on a well documented ...
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Best name for the option of adding item to multiple lists or a newly created list

I have a book that can be added to multiple reading lists or to a newly created one. The name of the option that does it is “Add to Reading List”. What would be the best name for such an option so it ...
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“Customer” or someting else?

Now designing an app for two sided market - for interpreters and their customers. So there would be two sections - for interpreters and for customers. I have stucked a little bit with the titles in ...
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UX Semantic Naming In Other Applications

I am a UI/UX designer. I am also an avid mountain biker. I am part of a trail building committee with a local group from my city. Having a technical background, I have been tasked in mapping out our ...
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Name of an area that contains a previous and next button

Is there a generic term that applies to an area containing a previous and a next button? For context this is for selecting a date, previous moves to the previous day, next to the next day. But the ...
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Terminology: Max. and min. vs. highest and lowest

In a line graph, there is a highest point and a lowest point. But what are these called? max and min or highest and lowest?
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“Visual clues” vs “Visual cues”?

I stumbled upon UX mentioning "Visual clue" (with "l") . I always thought it was "Visual cue" (without "l"). This question and other definitions on the web distinct clue and cue. Googling both term ...
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Term for a page which establishes Reputation, or “Why Choose Us”

I have created a page on a website for a high end catering company. So far, I titled the page "Clients", but this doesn't really fit the bill anymore. On this page, I do have a list of clients: logos ...
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Is there a UI/UX term for misreading a message that does the opposite of what you expect and not realizing it until after?

One thing I have observed from time to time is that a user wants to do something, and they see a message that says something contrary to what they expect. They seem to unconsciously misread it or not ...
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What is the difference between information design and usability? [closed]

I couldn't find a suitable answer to the question. I was hoping if you could point out the difference between information design and usability? Or is it the same?
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How can one design User Experience? [duplicate]

This question is bit off but I always wondered about this. here it goes, how can one call himself as an UX Designer?, when it is a feeling which is experienced by the end user, not like creating an ...
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What button terminology should I use for filtering?

I feel that having 'Filter' and 'Filter' is repetitive. Any suggestions on making this more intuitive for users?
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What should a field, that has minimum letters required, say?

I have a comment form, in which I want to avoid spam by requiring at least 15 characters. So far my users have been confused and assumed that it meant you could only write 15 characters maximum. The ...
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What do you call this touch friendly scrolling select box?

This proprietary select box is an example of a UI element I'm wanting to add. The essence of it is: Only one item can be selected It's designed for touch devices - you swipe upward to scroll down ...
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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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How to ask users to confirm/verify customer contact details

Background Our application holds data about customers, including their addresses and phone numbers. Our users are employees who need to find information about our customers. The customer database is ...
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Best terminology to use for forms

The title might not make much sense. But I am creating an admin portal where there will be some dyslexic users. I have created a few pages that follow the same format. Main page with table and a page ...
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Which is better to show “Label (optional)” vs “Label (not required)”?

I prefer to write optional aligned with Form Label. Does writing "not required"? sounds more clear to user
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Should we still call it “clicking” if it is a touchscreen?

Touchscreens are unyielding and make no sound. Perhaps we could come up with a better term for pressing a button than "clicking" it? I have heard the phrase "button press" used, and "keypress" has a ...
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What do you call that section in a CMS where you just add a data list?

In our CMS there are 3 main sections: Dashboard Section for adding data that will appear in the app (e.g. users, products, location, etc.) Tasks (e.g. approving comments, etc.) I'm not sure how to ...
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What is the difference between spatial analogy and perceptual analogy in Natural mapping

I am reading Norman's book, The design of everyday things where I came upto the natural mapping part. There, he defined 3 kinds of natural mapping. 1- Spatial 2- Cultural 3- Perceptual Now, In ...
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What is the difference between Persuasive Design, Behavioral Design and UX?

Can anyone explain what's the difference (or connection) between Persuasive Design, Behavioral Design and UX? How does the Term "captology" fit into this? For me it looks as if "Behavioral Design" is ...
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What's the name for normal life user experience?

I'd like to know about how to call the design of experiences for real life. For example, the design of experiences for pedestrians has many disciplines like signage, psychology, architecture and so ...
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When to use Add, Insert or New

In the application i am looking at, you can create objects of different types by a corresponding context menu. Which entry (or which of these keywords) will be used is depending on the context of the ...
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Naming of filter for selecting all

I am working on a filter where the users should be able to filter a list of products based on the animals the products can be used for. If the user selects 'dog' the products which are usable for dogs ...
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Wording of third-party login button

Which one do you think is the right way to put it: "Sign up with Google" or "Sign up using Google"? I feel that "Sign up using Google" is the right way to ask, as "Sign up with Google" says that you ...
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Terminology for interactions that are not functional but provide a 'delightful' user experience

I am sure there are a few examples of these types of interactions floating around, but I noticed on a website the presence of interactive elements that serve as a 'delightful distraction' that doesn't ...
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Is there a common term used for a collection of synthesized user research and testing data for a company?

The term knowledgebase is common used to describe a collection or repository of information or data that is available to draw on. For most companies this only applies to external or public facing ...
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Stickers versus Emojis: what is the difference?

I have a very basic question. I would like to know the difference between a sticker and an emoji (as used in text messaging). Are they the same thing, our is there a difference? Is it just the size (...
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Naming convention for attributes/functions/menus

In programming there are ex. PascalCase and CamelCase and more conventions. In the SIGCHI Conference Proceedings Format subsections and sub-subsections starts with initial letters capitalized, but a ...
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Survey tool to ask questions on individual pages - what are they called?

Is there an off-the-shelf survey tool that can ask simple questions on specific pages? Along the lines of the "Was this information helpful?" on Microsoft's support pages (example). The user gets ...
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Proper usage of terms for a webapp

I've been tasked to wireframe a user management component for multiple applications and was having a concern about the proper naming of the included sections. download bmml source – Wireframes ...
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What are these “badges” called?

They're usually used to tell the user that a list is empty, or a resource could not be found, or that a resource may be unavailable. SoundCloud has one here for tracks without any comments: Or if ...

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