← Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording You do not have permission to edit this page, for the following reason: The action you have requested is limited to users in one of the groups: Users, Administrators, trusted, KDEDevelopers. You can view and copy the source of this page. __NOTOC__ == Purpose == Every word displayed in an application is part of a conversation with users. This conversation is an opportunity to provide clarity and to help people feel comfortable in the system. == Guidelines == * Use a terminology that is familiar and easy to understand for the target audience (i.e. Persona) of your application. * Avoid contractions such as ''Don't'' and ''Won't'' etc. * Avoid abbreviations, acronyms, and tech-babble. * Use a tone that’s informal and friendly, but not too informal. * Keep information short and consistent; avoid redundancy or unnecessary words. * Don't abuse [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Capitalization|capitalization]] because it draws people’s attention. * In respect to chronological information consider that your app is potentially used for decades; don't use fix dates like ''this year''. * Follow system-wide conventions for basic functions to keep wording consistent. == Examples == * Delete, Move to Trash, Remove and Uninstall ** When a file or object is completely removed from the system, use ''Delete''. ** When a file or object can be recovered, use ''Move to Trash'' for files and ''Remove'' for list objects etc. ** When a file or object can be removed and was originally installed, use ''Uninstall''. * Settings, Options and Properties ** Use ''Settings'' for a configuration dialog which allows you to set specific properties or functionality. This usually applies to application configuration tools. For example, Konqueror Settings. ** Use ''Options'' for a configuration dialog which provides facultative features. This usually applies to the appearance and individualization. ** Use ''Properties'' for a list of metadata or details that are associated with a particular object which cannot be edited or interacted with in any way. For example, file "properties" dialog in Dolphin. [[Category:Usability]][[Category: Presentation]][[Category:Text]] Template used on this page: Template:Moved To Community (view source) Return to Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording. Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording"