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 top navigation called when it is common to a network or suite of websites?

What is the top navigation bar called when it is common to a suite or network of sites with a common login, as in StackExchange, 37 Signals (Basecamp, Backpack, etc.), or Google Apps for Your Domain? ...
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Name for a rule about re-using terminology

Does the rule "Don't use the same name/word to refer to two different things" have a name, and, if so, what is that name?
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What is the term for a numeric input field of a specific format?

There are new HTML5 input types being defined for commonly used numeric input types such as date, time, telephone number, etc. These terms refer to a specific input format based on the type of numeric ...
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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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What is the term for numeric textboxes with arrows?

I was wondering whether there was a standard UI term for numeric textboxes with arrows that allow you to change the numeric value up or down, provided by some UI toolkits like Winforms. Here's an ...
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What is Opinion based and fact based?

I attended a UX meetup today, the speaker was pointing out that UX is all about transforming an opinion based design to fact based. I really don't understand what is opinion and fact based development....
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What are the differences between “Remember me” and “Stay signed in” functionality?

For my understanding: "Remember me" We store password and username without login. User clicks the login button and is logged in. "Stay Signed in" We store password and username with login. ...
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Proper term for conjoined choice buttons

I'm thinking of using a set of "conjoined choice buttons" to let the user filter a table of highscores. It would look sort of like this: _______________________________ ( ##EVERYONE##| FRIENDS | ...
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What should I call content that drops down, without calling it a dropdown?

I'm sketching out an interface in which links, which clicked, reveal a group of configuration options for that item. (slides down, accordion style) One element in that group of the configuration ...
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Novel design patterns used to attract user attention but not a call-to-action

On the seek.com job website there is an interesting little character on the top of the navigation: When you hover over this character, there is a small interaction/animation Which basically extends ...
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What is the formal name for an information block in a webpage?

The upper right of the following page has a block labelled "How to Format". What's the formal name for this element in GUI design?
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Help or support?

I'm interested in the difference between using the words help or support when used in the context of customer help/support on a website or application. Which would you use and why? As always any ...
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The difference between mock-up, prototype and wireframe

I am a freshman in UX design and find it difficult to understand the difference between mock-up, wireframe and prototype. Are they referring to the same thing?
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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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What is modal about a modal dialog?

I'm reading a lot about modal dialogs. I know(?) what modal means, having read Raskin's "The Humane Interface". I can understand what's modal about a toolbar in a drawing program (select mode, draw ...
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What's the best term to refer to the pointy part of a comic-book-style balloon UI element?

In discussing balloon-ish UI elements, I've described the pointy part as 'points', 'arrows' or 'spikes', and that seems to get the idea across to many people alright... but I find myself falling back ...
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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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Is there a difference between “blocked” and “banned”?

I've been requested to make a UI that allows to block/ban users from logging in. In the wireframes I've been provided, they use the term "blocked". But I feel like a better term for this would be "...
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Should we call our achievement system something else?

The company I work for has two public sites; one is just our main WWW site and the other is a site dedicated to our members. I'm a developer there and I'm working on an achievement system for our ...
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Better Term for “Web Design and Development” Company [closed]

What term do you use to refer to a company / organization that helps other companies / organizations in the following areas? Working with the product owner / manager to formulate abstract ideas into ...
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What is more accurate “Click in the checkbox” or “Click on the checkbox”

I have a checkbox on one of the pages i am designing. My original suggestion was to have this text "Click on the checkbox....". However the technical writer is saying it should be "Click in the ...
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What is “elegant” design?

I'm sure you've either heard, read, or used "elegant" to refer to a good design, but does it have a specific meaning other than "great?" Is there a rubric you'd use to judge an interaction or design ...
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What's a better way to refer to an Intranet site?

I've found most of our users are totally unaware of the term, though it's plastered on the front page of our Intranet site and the desktop icon they use to get to the site is labeled "(Company) ...
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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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Nomenclature: Folder or Directory in UI?

I often see the terms "folder" and "directory" being used in user interfaces as well as in programming almost as synonyms. Do I have to stick with one? or can I use both interchangeably? Do users ...
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Term for “pre-login” pages

When using a web application, there are certain pages displayed "outside" of the main application, typically prior to login. Examples include: Login, recover password, registration, etc. Some time ...
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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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Difference between “callout” and “popup” (terminology)

I noticed that many in web development talk of "callout" and "callout menu" but they all seem to talk of different things. According to Wiktionary one meaning is: An annotation that pertains to a ...
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Is ”User Friendly” a valid term in User Experience?

I remember that we had a fierce discussion in school around the term “User Friendly” where our lecturer with emphasis stated that “… there is no such thing as user friendly. The only valid term you ...
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Can the term “sitemap” also apply to software apps?

A client requested us that he needed the number of pages for the app we are thinking to build. And I came across with this curious question: is that list of pages called "sitemaps" also in a ...
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Name for a combo box that shows and edits multiple items?

Is there an accepted name for a UI element that allows the user to enter multiple values, displaying each value as visually distinct, and provides autocomplete matching like a combo box? Examples are:...
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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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Labeling of lightbox settings

Suppose we have a UI where the settings of a lightbox showing an image can be adjusted. It might look something like this: By "background" in the mockup above is really referred to overlay, but that, ...
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Does your average web user understand the concept of the clipboard?

I'm designing a web site where I would expect the intended audience to have limited computer skills. An important part of my site's functionality will require the end user to copy an URL that my site ...
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Is there a word that descibes a UX that has been added-to over time and as a result no longer reflects the designers original intent?

A common scenario: A UX is designed, it gets built and deployed. Over time, people (for example execs, or devs) add new features, images, buttons etc without going through the design process. With ...
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Should we use Microsoft's feature names, or our own? “Autofilter” vs “Column filter”

Many Microsoft softwares, like the Office suite and the Windows Explorer, feature a type of column filter that they have dubbed the Autofilter. It filters rows based on column content. It adapts the ...
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What is a scamp, UX? [closed]

Does anyone have a definition of the term "scamp", as used in the UX community? By context of use, it appears to be some kind of wireframe, but careless? Examples of actual scamps would also be very ...
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Which is more likely to be understood, *Hover* or *Mouseover*?

We have a page where the content all has tool tips. There is a bit of explanatory text at the top of the page. We want to let visitors to the page know that they can hover their mouse over items for ...
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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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What is the difference between user journey and task flow

I was wondering if you could explain me what is the difference between a user journey and a task flow? I tried to read and look for example images in Google...and I can't find the difference between ...
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Technical Word for “time spent on website”?

Is there a technical word to reference the total time a user spends on a website in one session? Something like "Time-on-Site (TOS)"?
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Alternative term for “remember me”

In Android design guidelines (Settings, Writing Style), it's discouraged to refer to the user: Don't refer to the user. For example, for a setting allowing the user to turn notifications on or off, ...
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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 do you call the method for ranking a set of items using a series of questions comparing just 2 at each time

I have n-items (n being somewhere between 5 and 9) that I would like participants to sort in relative order of importance. Although I have used visual 'drag and drop' approaches before, I found that ...
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What's the best terminology for switching from a mobile site to the “full” website?

I've seen links to switch to the "Classic" site or the "Standard" site and I was just wondering if anyone did any testing with this. I like the sound of "full" but I have nothing to back it up. Any ...
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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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What's the term for expanding search results to include variations of a word?

It's not uncommon for a search engine to take a word that is searched for, say "vase" or "obscure", and extrapolate the results to include common versions of the word. So using the earlier examples, ...
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Why shouldn't we call it UX design or us UX designers?

I came across multiple different reasons why UX design should not be called design or why a UX designer is not really the designer of user experiences. For example: User experience (UX) cannot be ...
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Does the average user understand the median?

I have a bunch of statistical data and I want to present a short summary to the user (non-technical consumer). Now I want to show an average and need to decide between arithmetic mean and median. From ...

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