Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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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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How to describe maximum terms in a simple math application

I'm working on a simple math app that lets you do addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. I allow the user to select which operators they want to use and configure the maximum range. I'm ...
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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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Is naming different products the same thing good UX?

The Titan X is Nvidia's latest top-of-the-line enthusiast graphics card built on the Pascal architecture. "Titan X" is also the name of Nvidia's last-generation top-of-the-line enthusiast graphics ...
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What is a more useful title for this navigation bar? (contact/people synonyms)

We have a vertical navigation bar in our application with the following: Identity School Contact People Delete This navigation bar appears on every profile. Contact is where users will find this ...
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Is there a short/common name for form-based user interfaces?

We're all familiar with CLI and GUI but it doesn't seem to me that a UI consisting mostly of links and text fields is really a GUI. Think of something like on-line banking where any graphics are ...
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What is the right overall name for personas, task analysis, mental model diagrams

When you are analyzing your collected design research data there are a variety of ways to do it. I'm looking for a way to label personas, task analysis, mental model diagrams and similar. Would you ...
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What terminology to use on search label and button?

I have a search field in a web application where the user will be able to use different key words to search on. I want to inform the user what he will find (in this example, it is a person) and what ...
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How to improve naming for Tasklist and Task

I have a section in an application, that lists all the Task Lists (or ToDo Lists, or Check Lists) assigned. Each list has several Tasks (or ToDos, or Checks) inside. What do you think would be the ...
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Terminology: Long press or Touch & hold?

I've seen both versions used in Android. What do you think is the best term to use? I've also heard people to use "Long click", "Long touch" & "Long tap" but I personally don't like any of those. ...
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Button names to indicate a task is paused or completed

I'm designing a form-based UI and the user can choose to leave things part-way through and resume later, or he can carry on to completion (in which case certain validation takes place). It's a little ...
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What is the difference between “sliding” and “swiping”?

What, if any, is the difference between the motion of sliding and swiping? For example you may adjust the volume control by sliding the indicator, but to unlock your phone I think most people refer to ...
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Word to describe adding an independent variable to a chart

Consider the following chart. The word "series" is used to describe something unique about the data such as the city. There is also something common to each series curve such as the month ...
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Better term for “Favorites”

I'm designing some surveillance camera footage. I'm adding a little "Favorites" section where the user could make a temporarily list of camera feeds to save and put at the top of the list, since there ...
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Orthogonal user experience (terminology)

I'm looking for information on the term "orthogonal user experience". I can't seem to find anything about it - be it a definition, an article, even just some sort of usage of the term. I am following ...
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How can I express the idea of CSS floats to ordinary people?

Let me explain what CSS floats are: When there is no float, text and image looks like this: When the image is floated left (I don't know whether "floated left" is the right term for this. In CSS img ...
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What is a good way to explain the relationship between inclusive design, accessibility (in terms of WCAG2.0) and usability?

I have always found that inclusive design to be at the crossroads between designing for the majority versus designing for everyone, which when you consider that UX design is about getting the right ...
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What does “transaction flows” mean?

I just read a line that included the phrase: ...designing transaction flows for the web. In the context of UI design what does "transaction flows" mean? Does it literally mean a process of a ...
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What word can be used to mean either a website, web app or native mobile app?

I'm running into the comment/question "So, is it an app?" Well, first it will be a responsive site with some app-like functionality; then later it will also be a native app with the same ...
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Questions vs. Commands

Is there any consensus as to whether users respond better to prompts phrased in the form of a question or in the form of a command? For instance: "Which application would you like to run?" vs. "...
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What's the name for different navigation elements in a page?

We got into a debate about what to call the different areas of navigation, specifically what the definition of Secondary and Utility navigation is. And I was unable to find much on Google about ...
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What UI element is used in Google Analytics Custom reports?

Both the metric group and drilldown dimensions in the Google Analytics Custom report use an interesting user interface (UI) element where the user can add any amount of elements to a list. These are ...
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What is meant by “system image”?

I've found two seemingly incompatible definitions of "system image" (surprisingly both by same author) "system image": the information conveyed by the physical product itself. (Originally ...
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Does user experience include usability?

I'm studying terminology and my understanding is usability basically refers to how easy something is to use. User experience is a holistic term in the sense that everything is taken into consideration ...
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Term specificity in front-end use

I am designing an application where users can assemble collections of documents that will then be processed in some way (how and for what purpose these sets are processed is not relevant to this ...
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Terminology for different kinds of 'center'?

Mathematically there are various ways to calculate a spacial center point. (2d or 3d). Barycenter (sum of all positions divided by the total number of points) Bounding box center (typically the ...
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Paper on the significance of terminology regarding users

Does anyone know of material regarding the significance of terminology in (participatory) design processes? I'm looking for theory regarding cases such as this: If some users are patients being ...
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Save to Wantlist vs Save to Favourites [closed]

I run a music recommendation site for electronic music vinyl records. Users can listen to tracks and save them. The saves are then used as an algorithm to calculate personalized recommendations for ...
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What are good synonyms for “not yet connected”?

I'm working on a browser-based tool that allows users to interact with other users they are matched with. Relationships between users progress in a linear fashion along a series of states, initiated ...
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What are best practices for managing terminology changes in legacy software?

In a big redesign, there can be terminology changes and mapping to backend entities that needs to happen. What are the best practices for doing this? Also, for making documentation consistently ...
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What's the difference between the terms “affordances” and “signifiers”?

I do not understand the difference between the concepts affordances and signifiers. I am given the following definitions: Affordances: "Relationship between properties of an object and the ...
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Is naming things helpful in the UX world or not?

Inspired by this question What is the information that's always present in a toolbar called in UX lingo? we have to consider how much jargon is too much. Because too many names have the effect of ...
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What are the differences between Hierarchical drill down navigation & Hierarchical multi-level navigation

What are the differences between Hierarchical drill down menu & Hierarchical multi-level menu? it seems there is a thin line between these two. Please help me with examples which navigation ...
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Whats the different between Use Case (in Software Development Process) vs User Goal (in Usability Testing)

My background is system analyst, but while learning UX processes I have faced several things that confuse me; one of them is the differences between User Goal that is used in usability testing and Use ...
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Specific term in UX for the task of comparing Visual Design files with developed HTML pages?

Is there an UX/design terminology for the task of comparing Visual Design files with developed HTML pages? As of now, I am referring to it as VD comparison or VD compliance check. Please help me to ...
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More clicks while using “Noun” or “Verb” for actions?

“Sign up” or “Membership”? “Donate Now” or “Donations”? You can create an action button with verb or a noun. Is there any recommendation for increasing the click-rates? Which one is better than the ...
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conceptual model, mental model, roadmap and framework

i'm a little confused about the concept of this words. conceptual model, mental model, roadmap and framework. is there anyone who can explain to what this words means. and more importantly what is the ...
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What is the information that's always present without requiring user interaction called?

I remember reading about this type of information displayed in a toolbar before, but I can't recall or find it on the web. Ideas? Update the initial title of this question was What is the ...
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What's the best way to refer to a context menu in documentation?

It used to be that you could tell a user (in documentation or in onscreen prompts) to, let's say, "Click a button, or right-click to display a menu." Nowadays, there are multiple ways to display a ...
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Button style type naming

I'm going to offer a text based dropdown chooser for users to select a button type/style to use in a UI builder app. There will be no preview of what the button type looks like. The names should be ...
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Folder naming standard for storing app backup data on user's personal cloud?

A lot of web/mobile apps can store backups on your personal cloud storage ( Dropbox, Google drive, ... ). It's usually done by by creating a folder and storing the files that are needed for the app ...
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Why is backslash called BACK slash when arguably it points forward?

This is a backslash \. If you read the slash from left to right it starts at the top and goes down - hence it is a downslash. If you read the slash from top to bottom it starts on the left - which ...
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Naming convention for “admin” UI and “public facing” UI

I have a social network kind of app that has two dramatically different interfaces: The admin part, where the owner administers the account The public facing part, what all users sees I need to name ...
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What should I call a Switch (UI component) for users?

My (mobile) interface uses switches, like this one: What should I call this component for users? I want to add a small text to my interface explaining what switches to choose in which situations so ...

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