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Why is backslash called BACK slash when arguably it points forward?

You have a stick, |, in your mind (AKA a pipe character). \ lean it back - will fall back = back slash / lean it forward - will fall front = forward slash Font features can be grouped as thickness, ...
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What's the difference between a Modal, Popup, Popover and Lightbox?

All of these UI components are containers/windows that show on top of the content you are currently viewing/interacting with. The different names are based on the attention they deserve, the context ...
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Alternatives to "Like", "+1", "Bookmark", and "Favorite"?

"Like" is Facebook's creation and is strongly associated with Facebook. +1 is Google+'s creation and is totally associated with its brand. Thinking out of the box... It seems your functionality is ...
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A universal word or term for "your device/machine/computer/tablet/phone/smart watch/gadget/whatever"?

I use the word device to mean anything you use to do work which extends to computers and (most of the time) mobile phones. English StackExchange suggests using mobile device for describing phones and ...
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Why is it called the fold?

It's from print newspapers; back in the day when broadsheets were more common, they were usually presented folded in half vertically, so the most important part of the front page was the portion "...
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Is there a UX term for a "happy state"?

Should be "Success page". Derived can be "Success animation", "Success screen". Its also more accurate as not every success needs to be happy.
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Why is it called the fold?

It comes from newspapers which are folded in half. Above the fold refers to content that is visible without unfolding or turning the newspaper over to see the 2nd half. This term was adapted to ...
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Should I avoid using "abort" in favor of its synonyms?

Are the listed words really synonyms? I cannot provide any references now (possibly because many software developers/producers do not consistently follow the distinction, either), but my impression is ...
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Why is backslash called BACK slash when arguably it points forward?

Because slashes (/) were around long before their backwards counterpart came along. EDIT Well, it was a nice theory, but according to Wikipedia: "The name "slash" is a recent development, first ...
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What do you call this input element where a focus will automatically be transferred to next text field after being filled?

I have always known this as Auto Tab or (Auto tab input fields). As a matter of fact a search for Auto Tab gives me different ways of implementation of this element, including: jQuery Autotab Demo ...
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What is the terminology for tricking the user into thinking they've almost won big?

I think this is referred to as a "near-miss" mechanic. Artificially increasing the frequency of near-misses, or artificially inflating the prize that was nearly missed, is illegal for slot machines in ...
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What is such a presentation of music cover art images called?

It's called Cover Flow. It's used by Apple in OS X (among others). Cover Flow is an animated, three-dimensional graphical user interface element that is integrated within the Macintosh Finder ...
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What are the areas of a screen on a mobile called, which can be easily reached when holding the phone with one hand?

You may be referring to thumb zones. From LukeW: In his analysis of 1,333 observations of smartphones in use, Steven Hoober found about 75% of people rely on their thumb and 49% rely on a one-...
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Alternatives to "Like", "+1", "Bookmark", and "Favorite"?

Personally I like love which is often represented by an icon of a heart and popular in social media. Then you dont have to write the word love but simply use the heart. But if you don't like the ...
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What is such a presentation of music cover art images called?

It's an ordinary Carousel with a fancy 3D touch to it. Image source: Yahoo design pattern library Carousels are often used on webpages, in this context a carousel often shows a single item at any ...
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Better term for "Favorites"

There's definitely no right answer to the 'best term' to use here. In terms of context, you're correct in that 'Favourites' or 'Bookmarks' don't really feel right. An obvious solution would be '...
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Should I avoid using "abort" in favor of its synonyms?

The words have subtly different meanings. Stop means to prevent something from continuing, but not necessarily permanently. E.g. stop video playback. Terminate means to stop permanently. E.g. ...
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More clicks while using "Noun" or "Verb" for actions?

Be a voter > Vote now Christopher Bryan and Gregory Walton (2011) conducted a study for understanding if using a noun or verb statement have an influence on user motivation. According to the ...
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What's the difference between cards, panels, and tiles?

The container zoo The terms card, panel, tile, and others are often used interchangeably, so their definitions not precise and can change from company to company or ecosystem to ecosystem. But, there ...
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Why is backslash called BACK slash when arguably it points forward?

This character has many different names, and back slash is just the oposite of slash, nothing else. It was initially created to represent signs in ALGOL language that functioned as AND and OR ...
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What is the information that's always present without requiring user interaction called?

Status Bar The name for the toolbar itself is the "status bar". Status Bar - a strip along the bottom of a software or Internet application that indicates what is happening with a task or ...
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A universal word or term for "your device/machine/computer/tablet/phone/smart watch/gadget/whatever"?

IF you don't want to use the word device then you could use something more specific like (obviously) operating system. Or just use "Restart your system." "Not compatible with your system" Or don't ...
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What's the common name for this GUI element? (left-right box, assignmentbox, relationbox)

It seems to be known as Dual Listbox or Dual Multiselect.
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What is this menu with multiple levels called and should I use it?

In general, the main drawback to cascading menus is that there's only a narrow path you have to move your cursor along to go from menu to submenu to sub-submenu. (That is, you can't mouse in a ...
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Alternatives to "Like", "+1", "Bookmark", and "Favorite"?

What about Star? Google Reader did this and it was pretty clear it went into the Starred Items folder and your friends would also see you starred an item; it also served to bookmark. The other thing ...
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What's the difference between the terms "affordances" and "signifiers"?

Affordances are what an object can do (truth). Perceived affordances are what one thinks an object can do (perception). Signifiers make affordances clearer (closing the gap between truth and ...
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Why is backslash called BACK slash when arguably it points forward?

The reason you're confused is because you're using the wrong definition of "back". Or rather, the wrong reference frame to apply the word "back" to. You are apparently using the direction of writing, ...
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Should I avoid using "abort" in favor of its synonyms?

Like everything, this will depend on context. However, "Abort" is one of those 'computer words' that isn't normally used by people in everyday conversation, along with things like "terminate" and "...
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Which UI design pattern is this? (progress bar at the top of an article)

"Scroll Spy" generally refers to a top or side navigation that dynamically changes as the user scrolls down the page. I think scroll spy is specific to dynamic navigation, but maybe something like "...
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What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?

To expound on what @matt_d_rat wrote, There's a great write-up here about this, but it was originally designed by Norm Cox for the Xerox Star workstation in 1981! This icon is about as old as the ...
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