< Projects | Usability | HIGRevision as of 09:57, 30 December 2013 by Htietze (talk | contribs) (→Examples)(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff) 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 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 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. Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording&oldid=81497" Categories: UsabilityPresentationText Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.