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

Ancient slash → new back-slash → disambiguating retronym forward slash Ancient Roman coins - Solidus and Denarius. The slash character came first, with a different formal name solidus. This name ...
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Better term for "Favorites"

Twitter allows you to temporarily "pin" a tweet at the top of your feed. This term, Pinning, appears to be exactly what you are looking for: a single item from a long list of items that you ...
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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?

Input Mask This would be an example of an input mask implementation An input mask refers to a string expression, defined by a developer, that governs what a user is allowed to enter in as input in ...
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Button names to indicate a task is paused or completed

Since the changes are saved with both buttons, my suggestion is to call them both save with something that distinguishes them: Save as draft Save as final Final is too vague though, better use: ...
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Does the icon of arrows shaped as triangles pointing up and down have a name and what does it mean?

This icon seems to have different meaning in different systems: it's called "caret sort" or "chevron sort" in Carbon Design System; it's called "unfold more" in Material ...
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Better term for "Favorites"

What about: prioritize / priority list inspect / inspection list investigate / investigation list observe / observation list (although one could probably argue all footage is already being observed)
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Should I use "Search" or "Find” on my buttons?

With regard to English in general, "Search for Flights" and "Find Flights" would work equally well. "Find Flights" is subtly optimistic that there are flights that match the user's criteria. That may ...
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Does the icon of arrows shaped as triangles pointing up and down have a name and what does it mean?

It is one representation of a sort icon. When used next to a table header label, the user can sort in one direction by clicking once, and the other direction by clicking a second time.
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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've known it as auto-tab, but avoid using these if you can! They have bad UX -- if the user makes a mistake in the last character of an input, they can't just hit delete (the expected functionality ...
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Does the icon of arrows shaped as triangles pointing up and down have a name and what does it mean?

I have seen some dropdowns on the web styled with the double arrows. Also, in table headers it is used as a sort icon (fa-sort in font-awesome). So I guess you can use it for both.
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What do you call this touch friendly scrolling select box?

This type UI element is called "Picker". Mostly used in iOS Mobile App. CLICK HERE for more.
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What are good synonyms for "not yet connected"?

When you can't think of a noun for an anchor or headline, think of a verb If you can't quite think of a name for the content on the linked page, you can instead try thinking of the action that users ...
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Button names to indicate a task is paused or completed

Might you consider doing something a little more pro-active on behalf of the user and automatically save their data between each step, or even after each field or selection is completed? In either ...
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