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== Purpose ==
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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 terminology that is familiar and easy to understand for the target audience (i.e. Persona) of your application.
 
* Start your sentence with the most important objective first.
 
* Use short words, active verbs and common nouns.
 
* Avoid [[KDE_Visual_Design_Group/HIG/Contractions|contractions]] such as "Don't", "Won't", etc.
 
* Avoid abbreviations (including ampersand instead of 'and'), acronyms, and tech-babble.
 
* Use an informal and friendly tone, but not too informal or humorous.  
 
* Avoid popular, but transient, words and phrases.
 
* Keep information short and consistent; avoid redundancy or wordiness. e.g. Do not repeat the dialog title in the dialog text.
 
* Don't abuse [[KDE_Visual_Design_Group/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.
 
 
 
[[Category:Usability]][[Category: Presentation]]
 

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