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

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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 ...
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What is the view used in Age of Empires(Game) called?

The general interface of the game where we can view everything happening, zoom in and out, and interact with the objects. It includes sidebars for some more information to provide about the object ...
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Word used to describe first page of app

What's the term used to describe the "landing page" of a mobile app, i.e. when a user first opens the app? I know a "home page" would do for the user, but I'm looking for the technical term when ...
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What is the terminology for "floating links"?

Quite often I come across this type of an answer: The answer is in this mechanism. [2 lines of mechanism] Your mistake was [2 lines] https://link.to.com/a_research_paper Also note that another ...
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Name of action of "navigating" a list

Let's say you are navigating a list, grid or dropdown with the keyboard arrows. Pressing the arrows changes the temporarily "selected" item, and pressing enter selects it (a bit like the element on a ...
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What is this type of secondary navigation called?

I am wondering what this type of secondary global navigation is called - it is always placed above the global navigation. Since my organisation is thinking about implementing it, I would like to read ...
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What's the best way to name something that "belongs" to the user?

I am working on a web app and there's this section where the user can add devices (desktop, tablet, phone) that they are using to play games along with some technical specifications - it's a game-...
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What are some analogs for "My Account"?

I'm working on a web application and I'm looking to name the area of the site that has the following: Manager Profile (preferences for the current user who is a manager. Like avatar, name, email, etc)...
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User Guide or User's Guide (or something else)?

Since almost every designer/developer I know RTFM's (ahem), thought I'd ask... When you need a reference to help you understand a tool, which term to you think of/search for? User Guide User's Guide ...
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What is the name of this scroller component?

I have these arrows that when clicked scroll n cards to the side. I would like to find a React component that does that, but I don't know how is it called.
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Examples of UX vs Ergonomy in web / mobile

I'm trying to define UX vs. ergonomics so I'm searching the web for good examples to illustrate both of them. Have you have any pictures or examples of mobile app or websites that could be considered ...
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Name for combo box with substring filter?

What do you call a combobox in which what you write in the combobox filters a (long) list that can be accessed as a dropdown menu. Here we filter with the strings igh, s, and not old; so any line ...
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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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Are components and patterns same in interface design?

I hear term component and pattern used widely on blogs, articles, books and by my team mates. Most of the time they are used interchangeably by few people, which makes little confusion if they are ...
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What is this two-columned selection dialog called? [duplicate]

What is the name, if there is one, for the following dialog type? Are there any alternatives?
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What would you call a UX entity for which only one instance can exist?

I'm working on a notification platform and found a somewhat amusing bug. My software checks for updates every N minutes, and if there is an update, lets the user know via a non-modal notification. The ...
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Google Maps's route view: What's the correct term for this "string of beads" element?

What would you call this vertical sequence of stops?
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How is this semi-transparent content block called?

I have seen this pattern many times: the content is hidden with a semitransparent superposition that provides a sense of continuity. The content under this semi-transparency layer is displayed after ...
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Is there a metric for how much cognitive effort it takes a person to execute a task?

I'm curious if there is a branch of science that has tried to quantify the amount of attention or cognitive effort it takes to complete a task? Some high/low examples: A musician performing on the ...
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What do you call this side to side selector?

Code pen: https://codepen.io/kiwideejay/full/LzgBGQ/ It's essentially a radio button group - user must have one selected, and only one selected. The context it's used for isn't really filling in ...
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Better word for contributing content

I'm working on website that heavily features user-contributed content. I currently have a link titled "Contribute" that leads to a page explaining how a user can help, in the form of adding new ...
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A better name for "Content" in Global Navigation

I'm working on a client's website and I want to categorize Articles, Videos, and Past Newsletters under a classification in the global navigation to save space. I'm between the words "content" and "...
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How do you call the entity that will have duplicates assigned to?

I'm looking for the best word to use describing the entity that will have a duplicate or duplicates associated with, the one that will remain, say, during a merging process, while the duplicate of it ...
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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 call the text which is adjacent to a text field? [closed]

I am having a currency field similar to the below one. What is the UX terminology for the portion which holds the text "INR" and non-interactive. I have to decide the SCSS variable name (should be ...
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How to deal with a special character in a domain that has a negative connotation when missing?

The name of an architecture studio is, let's say "Peña Arquitectura". When you replace the ñ for an n, you get "Pena Arquitectura", which means pity* architecure in spanish (the language of the ...
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What is the best boolean label for a prompt on a Report... "Display" "Show" or "Print"?

Is there a universal standard for prompts that will be on a report? For example if the user had to make a decision if they want to have the account numbers to show up on a report should it say: ...
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Semantic names for shift-click and ctrl(or cmd)-click?

I'm implementing something that uses shift-click and ctrl-click (cmd on the Mac) in the normal way. Shift-click lets you select a range of elements and ctrl-click lets you toggle the selection of ...
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What is this menu with multiple levels called and should I use it?

What is the above menu called? This menu is similar to one that appears on bookmarks for Google Chrome. What are the pros and cons of using this pattern? I'm planning to use this pattern in the ...
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How to refer to time duration on charts

The chart below has a total duration of one week, and the data was grouped by a one day duration to come up with each of the bars. What should the total duration (1 week) and group by duration (1 day)...
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Terminology for app "tooltips" and teaching animations

Sometimes, when I download a new app, I encounter various tips and behaviour suggestions about what I can do and how to interact with the UI. Scenerio 1: For example, when I land on a screen, a sort ...
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What is the name of this UI menu?

What is the name of this kind of tree menu where descending levels of the tree are shown in panels from left to right. The tree is navigated by clicking elements.
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"Standard" vs "default" vs "basic" as a label for basic settings

I am working on a mobile application which is targeted at regular people (not specialists, probably not much experience with software or desktops). The app provides basic / default / standard settings ...
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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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Plural or Singular Navigational Menu Options?

In our system we have what you would call a List Screen, where a user can view a list of objects. For example Phone Numbers. A user can add as many Phone Numbers as they want. Right now to get to ...
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Another term used for dashboard in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

I have been wondering if the term 'dashboard' is responsible for some of the less user-friendly versions of business dashboards that are floating around. As part of the strategy to get people ...
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Date range terminology [closed]

I'm putting together canned date range options for a date range picker in an analytics app. I see commonly ranges like Last 30 Days and Last Month - the difference in including current time period or ...
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Handling when the GUI changes right before a user clicks or taps

How should I handle the GUI changing just before the user clicks or taps, causing an erroneous input? I had the idea of ignoring input for 300ms before the input appears, but I'm not sure if this is ...
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What is the highlighted element called and what are the best practices to use this in a product's design?

Does it have a common terminology? How do you enable a user to use this feature and inform him that he/she can use it.
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What to call an area where old items are stored

I have an area in an app where old items are stored, using a 'locked' metaphor. Items can be unlocked, and brought back, but after they're locked, they are sent to a larger list of locked items and ...
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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? [closed]

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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