< Projects | Usability | HIGRevision as of 22:56, 26 May 2014 by Htietze (talk | contribs) (→Guidelines)(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. Put the most important thing first. Short words, active verbs and common nouns. Avoid 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 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. Retrieved from "https://techbase.kde.org/index.php?title=Projects/Usability/HIG/Wording&oldid=82412" Categories: UsabilityPresentation Content is available under Creative Commons License SA 4.0 unless otherwise noted.