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 UI/UX term for in-view content “jumping” up/down due to changes out of view?

E.g., when reading an article in a feed and an out-of-view div expands or collapses, moving the current article up or down Alternatively (if included in this definition), when entering text in a ...
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“Save As” vs “Clone”

We have a system where a user can view database records in a GUI application. The main purpose of the GUI is for creating and editing these records. We are now developing a feature whereby a user ...
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What is the term to describe the percentage of users that don't proceed from one page to another?

What is the term used to describe the percentage of users that don't continue in a flow? For example, if only 50% of users go from the login screen to the profile screen, what do you call that?
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What do you call non-retina displays?

With the introduction of high density pixel displays (Retina being the brand name Apple uses) what do we now call non-retina (low pixel density) displays? Legacy Displays Low Pixel Density Displays ...
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What's a better term for database “front-end” vs “back-end” for non-technical users?

I routinely develop small data collection systems for a variety of purposes. One issue I frequently encounter is what to refer to the front-end as to users. They're just about tech-savvy enough to ...
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What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?

People who cannot read or write are named "illiterate". Does a word exist to qualify someone in the same position but about using a computer or a web application? This term would be really usefull ...
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What does “end-user” mean?

UX folks like to talk of the "end user" (examples in 1 2 3), because that is whom they are advocating for. However, the term is somewhat ambiguous: assuming I write an UI library, is the end-user the ...
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What would this widget be called?

What is this control that is used to select an item in this screenshot called? This is also in the latest Facebook for Android update. What is it called?
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How to write correctly the term “User experience”?

I'm filling an user experience portfolio for my business and there is bagarre how to write "user experience" correctly. The terms now inserted are much fragmented like: User eXperience user ...
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Is the notion of “like”ing content too closely tied of Facebook?

We are implementing a "like" feature on our web product, but we want to avoid being tied or compared to Facebook. While our functionalities differ vastly, we do utilize a "news feed" style of content ...
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Name for widget with side-by-side available/selected listboxes?

Two list-boxes, side by side, one with available items, the other with selected items, with arrows in between to move items back and forth.
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Common/accepted name for “dropdown menus” and related kin?

What is the proper name for the UI element created by the HTML <select>...</select>? What is the name if the user is allowed to type in their own answer (not just autocomplete to pick ...
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What do you call a point-by-point (like Slack's) registration ui?

Slack has an effective registration that prompts the user for each data point on a different view. I've found the pattern is very nice in terms of reducing the user's cognitive load. I'm curious if ...
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Different experience in simulation and real system

I couldn't find a better match of SE site to ask than UX. My question is what is the technical term when a user have difficulty (cognitively speaking) of using a real system because the user was ...
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Is there a word for left-to-right and top-to-bottom?

When I was learning about web design, and I remember similar things from art classes, people said that the eye sees things the most on an object which are in a line from the top-left to bottom-right ...
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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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Terminology for user fear of unbounded space

There is a term used for describing a behavioral pattern where users feel disoriented or anxious when a navigable space is unbounded and there is no reference point. For example, in a 3D drawing ...
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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 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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Intuitive term for “tertiary data” or “list choices” in CRUD interfaces?

In CRUD-like applications, you often have tables that contain very few records, and only exist to assign a name to an id value (they have a one-to-many or many-to-many relationship to the "primary" ...
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User Manual vs User Guide vs Documentation vs Quick Reference vs Handbook

I am aware this has already been asked at https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/59224/what-are-the-differences-between-manual-guide-and-instruction however from a user experience point of view, ...
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What is the preferrable name for the Jobs / Careers / 'Work For Us' area of a website?

I am trying to talk a client out of changing the label "Careers" to "Jobs" or "Working with [my clients rather long name]". I have not tested this (yet) but my intuition is that "Careers" is a very ...
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Which is the more common term used: Preferences or Settings?

Given that preferences and settings are roughly equatable to users of websites, it seems the more commonly used term would be preferable for the sake of being more readily understood. I haven't been ...
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Hiring Web Designer/Usability Expert - What should I be looking for? [closed]

I work for a small data management/warehousing company that also focuses heavily on web applications. We are looking to "beautify" our existing web apps into something along the lines of mint.com or ...
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What are alternatives to the verb “follow”?

I'm designing a mobile app that has an independent activity feed. One option on items in the feed is to "follow" individual stories/threads. What verbiage can I use to convey the idea of "following" a ...
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Difference between UI , GUI and HMI

I wanted to get these three terms viz UI, GUI and HMI clearly identified from each other. My current understanding : UI : Any general interface by which a human being or machine interacts with a ...
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Live/interactive elements in browser tab bars

I saw another interesting example of an interactive/live UI element in browser tab bars recently, this time it is a %scrolled value for a page. A very popular and common example I have seen ...
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Is Empathic Design a part of User Centered Design?

I stumbled across the Kano Model this morning, and didn’t know what it was. Searching for it I came across another term unknown to me; Empathic Design. Reading the characteristics of Empathic Design ...
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What is the UI pattern used for managing people in Google+ called?

I've tried to find more info on this particular UI pattern Google+ exposes, and I'm sure I've seen it before, but still, I haven't been able to find references to it. If you go to the Circles section ...
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What is meant by “page-level”?

My primary interest is understanding it in the context of information architecture, e.g.: ... you should group and structure information at the page level and enforce rigorous user testing. In ...
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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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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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What's the name of this type of navigation?

I want to know whats the name of the navigation of these sites bellow: http://www.visitsuffolk.com http://www.ehow.com.br http://www.blogdoplaneta.com I searched for 'responsive grid', but its ...
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Does the disappearing floating menu bar in use by Facebook and others have a name?

What I'm talking about is the Status / Photo / Check In bar in this image: It's visible when you're at the top of the scroll view, or after you scroll up and let go. It slides away when you scroll ...
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Apply the legibility principles to screen reading

How to apply the legibility principles to screen reading? What is important point for it? What is the difference between the "legibility" and "readability"?
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“Missile launch” button pattern name and implementation?

I am curious about a specific confirmation pattern. The best way I could describe it is the "missile launch" pattern, where the user has to "arm" the button by removing some sort of cover before ...
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Is “widget” a user friendly word?

Our web application enables users to configure the front page with different, what we developers call, 'widgets'. To start this configuration process, the user needs to click an 'Add Widget' button. ...
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Does the UX of Obama's donate form demonstrate “phased obligation”?

I caught this term at a UX workshop recently, and jotted it down. A couple of weeks later, I can't find a reference for it - and I'm wondering if I misheard (miswrote?). "Phased obligation", as I ...
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Q: What's the name of this type of keyboard filter interaction?

I want to know a name for the type of keyboard filtering where a each time a user enters a character, the rest of the keyboard disables all characters which aren't relevant anymore because no word can ...
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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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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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Slide out teasers near the bottom of the page?

On more and more sites now I'm seeing what I'm calling "slide out teasers" appearing at the bottom of pages. What happens is I'm scrolling down the page and nearing the bottom, and then a small box ...
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What do you call the square brackets in a camera app or QR scanner?

What do you call the square brackets used to target a barcode/QR scanner? I thought this would be called "reticle," but when I Google the term, all I see are circles with crosshairs. Is there a more ...
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Is the term second degree customer/user/client acceptable or easy to understand? What is a better alternative?

I am trying to describe a situation in which you design a product for a company, and they use it to engage with their customers. So from my own perspective, the company would be the primary (or first ...
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What is an acceptable word to indicate a link?

We're working on an application in which users can add hyperlinks. However, we're having a hard time finding an acceptable word that is easily understood by our users. We've asked about 10 users and ...
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Is there any special term for the area in site that takes the utmost attention?

We know the part in a site that is to carry an action is called "Call to Action". Similarly, is there any name for the part on a site that takes the utmost attention of a user? Or is the action ...
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How do I best explain 3 ways to divide a volume?

In this application, a user must choose one of 3 ways to divide a volume between a tank or tanks. Put everything into one sufficiently large tank. Divide the volume evenly into sufficiently many ...
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Is there a better term than ACCOUNT (as in User Account)

We are using "login" but I don't like that b/c it has a lot meanings: Verb (the act of logging in) Noun : their login ID ("what's my login"), ID and password (what's my login) their entire account ("...
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Is the term “Wizard” ubiquitous enough for a helper/walkthrough tool

We all know what a wizard is (no, not Luke Edwards)... but I'd like to know what peoples thoughts are on its use in the specific context of noob's with little to no experience beyond email and ...
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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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