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Questions about the way something should be written for users to read and comprehend

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Tech Writing: What to call list columns?

I'm currently re-writing some software documentation for users, and I'm stuck on how to label the columns on this page, which lists files that you've recently exported from the system, with various ...
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How is a user interface called where one sees a 3D virtual world on a 2D screen?

I another question (Using virtual-reality as user interface) I am trying to ask about a specific user interface, which I called a "virtual reality", but by now it seems I am using the wrong word for ...
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Technical Term for 'Annoyances' [closed]

Is there a technical UX term for an asset/object/function etc that may causes an annoyance to the user? I'm writing up a summary of a test and really don't want to use the word 'annoyances' as it ...
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How to deny the usage of my product to a user?

I am building an microcredit application that is checking for the user's eligibility. Unfortunately not everyone is eligible, I have to announce it and it can generate some frustration. I would like ...
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What is the best wording for an admin setting that changes a users view?

Background: I am working with a team on an application where there is an admin user who can edit websites. In this, there is are preconfigured widgets an admin can add to their page. One of them is ...
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“Months” vs. “Years” wording in the loan industry

Do you know about a study or research regarding the wordings “months” vs. “years” in the lent term context? Why and when do you suggest to use months/years instead of the other one and why? Loans ...
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Word to describe a set of financial actions (send, withdraw, deposit, receive money)

I am working on a mobile wallet application. What would be a better word to use to describe the following page and correlating set of financial actions. "Transact" sounds weird...
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What is the best way to show “up to 20 likes”?

It is common in social networks to show the number of "likes" is some shortened way to save space and not to get into too many details, for example, "3", "60+", "3K", etc. Recently I read an article, ...
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Which taxonomy or grouping name to use?

Working on an IoT interface, we have a section where users will edit projects. The current editing page is very long and has a lot of information, most of it clearly does not belong to the same ...
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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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Changing password - 'Old password' vs 'Current password'

When changing password we usually see these fields: Old Password New Password Confirm New Password But personally I think "Current Password" is clearer in telling the user that we need their current ...
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What's the best wording for a notification with multiple actions?

I'm developing an application where users can add charts and graphs to a workspace. Every time they add a chart to their workspace, I want to provide them with a banner notification that says ...
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How to have a better wording for the meaning of “confirm column to show up”

I'm designing data table project, here is pop-up confirm window. Any suggestions on a better wording for the meaning of "confirm column to show up"?
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A word which contains the concept of both Tags and Category?

I have a page which represents all posts based on filtering in category and tag(s). As you know, each post has one category and multiple (or one) tag(s). Now I'm talking about a page which lists all ...
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Short word or phrase meaning “Border and Fill”

Is there a word or short phrase for "change the border color and fill color of a polygon in a single step"? I would prefer that the word or phrase not contain any conjunctions. This word or phrase ...
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What is the best way to conduct English word-recall exercises with people who have just been exposed to English via GUI elements?

I'm working on an App for Indian languages and the users in context have heard English very little. Only for things like 'Tables', 'Order', etc. I wanted to understand what's a good way to conduct ...
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Another way for saying “Importing and Exporting”

This is perhaps very simple; we have a process which allows people to both import data into and export data from an application. Previously we were going to have two separate links for importing and ...
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Terminology: Keep screen at full brightness—and opposite

Background: By default, Android will dim the screen after some time, then after another few minutes switch it off completely. I’m working on an Android app which allows the user to disable 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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What should I look for in a custom link shortner domain name?

I have a couple of logs in the fire for startups and expansions of my current endeavors. They are all web-based or mostly web-based enterprises, but I find myself thinking with a few of them that a ...
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Another word for “History/Comments”

We have an application that shows the routing history (for a workflow) of a document, as well as comments that a user might have made at any point of that documents workflow. For example, a workflow ...
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What is the most user-friendly way to show a slug field?

In a CMS, objects can have slugs, i.e. parts of URLs to identify the object at the website, for example my-institution is a slug in the http:­//www.example.com/institutions/my-institution/. Slugs ...
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What is best for register section labels? “Your email” or “Email”

I don't even know if it makes any difference but I read an article about how you should always write in a way the user feels like you are talking directly to him so I wonder if this applies to every ...
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What should I call these navigation buttons?

See image below. These buttons used in an application to move between first, last, next, and previous records. I've seen them referred to as "VCR buttons". As that technology becomes less common (and ...
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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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Label Actions Using Technical terms or “Plain Word” terms

I am working with an organization that is redesigning software created roughly 15 years ago. At the time the software was very technical, with form labels that exactly match database column titles (ex:...
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Multi-organization app - switching organization context wording?

I have a multi-organizational app and I want to give user's the ability to switch the context (which would load different data) between the various organizations that they are a member of. What's the ...
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User-friendly short URL aliases with words or emojis

First off, I’m not talking about quicklinks or SEO of URL paths on a site you’re in control of, but shorter aliases for third-party addresses. As far as I can see there are several major reasons why ...
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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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Will users misunderstand “Last week”, “Last year”, “Last month” etc?

In my diary iOS app, the user can search their diaries for specific texts. To avoid getting too many results, I added a "Time Range" search option. The user can select whether to only search the ...
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Shorter Term for “Modify & Sign”

We're working on a web application that has a process of redoing some steps if their resulting document is incorrect (think of a loan application or lease). We want to give the user an option to re-...
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Repeat the same word over and over in menu

I have a menu with a list of a lot of management and configuration GUIs. They are listed below a headline of the category. Like so: Managemanet Xxxxxx Management Xxxx Management Xxxxxxxx ...
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Generic word for unrelated entities or objects

My web application has various types of objects the user can interact with (projects, items, features, devices, kind-of-device, files, ect). They can delete these objets, however it's a soft delete so ...
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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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Are the words margin and padding too technical?

When displaying margin and padding values for a UI control to non-designers or developers how would you word 'margin' and 'padding'? For example I have thought that the following might be better ...
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People using wrong door to building

Our office building has 2 entrances, but you can only access our office from the secondary entrance. I would like to direct them to walk to the the secondary entrance (30 yds to left) and buzz in ...
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Proper wording for “Cancel Undo”?

The Problem: Users need to have an undo control over changes they have made. However, these changes might be really big, so, while we have some contingency plan just in case something goes wrong, we ...
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Using “prompts” on iOS Navigation Bars

SOME CONTEXT In iOS, there is a standard text "prompt" element that can be added to a top NavigationBar like this: I have released an app which has a list of car models that the user can select. If ...
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User Terminology: right-click menu vs. shortcut menu

Which is the industry standard to average end-users when referring to the menu that opens when they right-click an item on a screen? Is it called the 'right-click menu' or the 'shortcut menu'? I'm ...
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How to ask for full name and know which part is what? e.g. last name, middle names, first etc

Say you want the user to enter their full name into a form. Even if you request just this, you may not know which order they put their names down (for example in countries like China, surnames come ...
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Avoiding offensive language in publishing App

I am working on a mobile app that allows the users create long videos picking up small clips. Then the user selects a title for the video and it is published in different networks (Facebook, Youtube, ...
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What would be the wording for an “all type of rooms” taxonomy?

I'm working on this app and right now it has a common taxonomy called "hotel". However, this app can work with hotels, chains of hotels, apartments, rooms, cabins, guesthouses and anything you could ...
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Is there a concept for “yet to be discovered” affordances?

We're building an app that has an element that performs some specific set of actions. The element itself is new, and tests are very conclusive: for the target the app is directed to, the affordance is ...
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Better labels than “Date 1” and “Date 2”

I'm working on a web application which has a feature to compare the price of products at different dates to see if they went up or down. Basically the user select two dates and click search. At the ...
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A universal word or term for “your device/machine/computer/tablet/phone/smart watch/gadget/whatever”?

I want a word that accurately covers tablets, phones, desktop PCs & Macs, laptop PCs & Macs, smart watches, smart glasses, smart fridges, smart socks (watch this space...) and any future kind ...
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Best abbreviation of Real-End User Experience?

I know user experience is commonly abbreviated UX. What about composita? Real end-user experience monitoring (usually some kind of passive monitoring) is often called just Real User Experience. So I ...
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Baseline website user survey, standard vs. custom questions?

I am planning on doing a baseline user survey this holiday season to assess where we are at before starting the entire user experience tests and study. I think the following questions are a good ...
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Is there any research between the options of “Don't do”, “Do not do”, “Avoid”, etc?

If you want to stop an unintentional action, physical barriers are the most effective solution. You can't open a locked gate without unlocking it, or accidentally push a button with a safety cover. ...
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Viewing data from a web application in Excel - is this feature an “Import” or an “Export”?

I'm developing a web application that presents a large amount of data in a grid. One of the features we are adding to this application is the ability to view this data in Excel. My coworker and I ...
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How to express that a form is part of a authenticity process?

I'm working on an app so user can ensure the products they are going to buy is not counterfeit and tracks its shipping. Tests To do so, we went for a form where people input a product's security ...