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If you are developing a Windows application, the correct term to use is "Exit". This is spelt out in Microsoft's Design apps for the Windows desktop guide, under the "Standard Menu Bars" section. If you are developing a Mac application, the correct term to use is "Quit". (Your menu item must read "Quit AppName".) This is spelt out in Apple's OS X Human ...


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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, slant and width as in Google fonts. The natural way of writing is to lean forward which is named as slant. Slant is one of the synonyms of slash[2,3]. Here is ...


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What's best calling these things depends on: Who is using the system; what is the nature of the action really being performed; what other actions may be performed. The Programmers View With relation to databases (and data-driven APIs) there's the famous CRUD operations, which stand for Create/Read/Update/Destroy. In many programming languages you may ...


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It's called abstraction. Greatest achievement of mankind, I think. If we abstract things in our mind, we can use them with lesser cognitive efforts and integrate them better in our lifes and thinking-models. For example the Internet, it's not a real place: it's a bunch of tubes...I mean servers, to which we send requests, but it is easier to handle if we ...


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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 you're in, and how you can interact with them. Alert - These messages need immediate attention. The window/container is usually locked, meaning you can't ...


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"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 not exactly the same as "liking". It's more "like & follow". There is no single word for that, so alternatively you could invent your own vocabulary. ...


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A Toast is a non modal, unobtrusive window element used to display brief, auto-expiring windows of information to a user. Android OS makes relatively heavy use of them. Here's an example of a Google Chrome toast notification on Mac OS X: A list of descriptions of Toast windows on multiple platforms: Android Microsoft


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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 laptops, so I don't see why adding in "immobile devices" would ruin the effectiveness of using the word device to include phones, laptops, and tower PCs.


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I believe the going name for it is a Hamburger Menu, as a reference to the icon that's commonly used for it (, similar to the Unicode character ≡ U+2261 Identical To), and to the stacked nature of the items in the drawer. Hamburger Drawer and Hamburger Sidebar would also be recognizable terms to the UX community. A bit of discussion on what I believe to be ...


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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 "above the fold", which is the first thing most people see when they see the newspaper. Analogously, this is the first part of the website you see when a page loads, ...


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Log in / out is more technical sounding than sign in / out. That said, I don't think there is any confusion with either one of them. The last time I looked at major sites using log v. sign it was a pretty even split between them. I would opt for sign in / out simply because it is more human speak. Regarding Join, Register and Sign up. They each have ...


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"Sort by date" is probably the most common option, but it's not the way that most people speak. Where possible, I prefer speaking like a human (as opposed to an engineer), and so I would prefer using something like: Newest first or Oldest first


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The Terms The following table summarises the conventional terms, which are platform dependent. On Windows, you run an application, then exit it. Ditto for Unix command line tools. However, both old documentation and pretty much all windows 8 documentation uses Open/Close. On a Mac (which deep inside is Unix-based) you open an application, but then quit it....


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The main difference is that Fluid Layouts (also called Liquid Layouts) are based on proportionally laying out your website so elements take up the same percent of space on different screen sizes, while Responsive Design uses CSS Media Queries to present different layouts based on screen sizes/type of screen. For some examples of both kinds of design, see ...


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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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If you feel like jumping the action (click/tap) you can directly say "Select" the ... Rather than a generic word, I would suggest you try to check what device the person is using and then say "click/tap" appropriate for the platform. But, then come the devices with both, a peripheral device and touch capability, which make this situation awkward-ish. You ...


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Following on Benny's answer, I would recommend trying to find the term that relates to the goal of the user (in some circles know as "business terms"). Perhaps by "Record" you mean "transaction", and by "Database" you mean "Transaction History" (just for example). Of course these terms are also technical, but they relate to the technicality of the realm of ...


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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 websites and their content that is visible without scrolling. Here is a picture of a newspaper. Everything you can see is above the fold.


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I was having a discussion with my housemate who is a data analyst by trade, and the conclusion that we came to is that there are two sensible options here, depending on the amount of work you personally want to do (we're assuming here that the collection of gender data is actually useful to you, rather than simply of interest in which case it is almost ...


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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 that at least abort and cancel are slightly different: Cancel sounds pretty much like a routine operation. You can cancel something before it has really ...


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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 attested in American English c. 1961 ref "Bob Bemer introduced the "\" character into ASCII on September 18, 1961, as the result of character frequency studies." ...


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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 Cut & Paste Auto tab (form field) script Auto Tab HTML Input Fields And even Microsoft dev calls it that way.


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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 many areas. Study on psychology of the near-miss


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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 and other Apple Inc. products for visually flipping through snapshots of documents, website bookmarks, album artwork, or photographs. See: Cover Flow Edit ...


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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 heart icon, you can always find a synonym from Thesaurus.com:


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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 given time and offers some sort of auto rotation function. Many think that using carousels on webpages (as header) is considered bad practice, for various reasons ...


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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. terminate process. Abort means to terminate before completion. E.g. abort file transfer. Cancel means to make something void. E.g. cancel subscription.


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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 results of their study, participants in noun group expressed significantly more interest, 62.5%, in registering vote than participants in the verb group, 38.9%. ...


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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 'Saved' or 'Saved for Later'. You could borrow from Twitter and Pinterest where you 'pin' items (the metaphor mightn't work, but certainly 'pin' evokes less ...


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