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== 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.
* Put the most important thing first.
* Short words, active verbs and common nouns.
* Avoid [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Contractions|contractions]] such as ''Don't'' and ''Won't'' etc.
* Avoid abbreviations (including ampersand instead of 'and'), acronyms, and tech-babble.
* Use a tone that’s informal and friendly, but not too informal; avoid popular, but transient, words and phrases.
* Keep information short and consistent; avoid redundancy or unnecessary words. e.g. Do not repeat the dialog title in the dialog text.
* Don't abuse [[Projects/Usability/HIG/Capitalization|capitalization]] because it draws people’s attention.
* For date and time information, consider that your app may potentially be used for several years; do not use immutable date references like ''this year'' unless it is algorithmically determined.
* Follow system-wide wording conventions for basic functions to keep wording consistent.
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