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Acronyms & Abbreviations

Ajax

Acronym for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML—Jesse James Garrett coined this term to refer to richly interactive, highly responsive Web applications that run in standard Web browsers and are built using standard Web technologies. Ajax Web applications let users perform the kinds of interactions that are characteristic of desktop applications, including drag and drop; incorporate new widgets such as sliders that interactively change the display of data and animated progress indicators; provide interactive, contextual user assistance; and display live, up-to-date information without requiring a full-page refresh.—Pabini Gabriel-Petit

GUI

Acronym for graphic user interface.

IA

Acronym for information architecture.

ID

Acronym for industrial design.

IxD

Acronym for interaction design.

PM

Acronym for product management.

RIA

Acronym for rich Internet application.

UA

Acronym for user assistance.

UCD

Acronym for user-centered design.

UI

Acronym for user interface.

UX

Acronym—(adj., n.) Our favorite acronym for user experience.

Web

Abbreviation for World Wide Web.

app

Abbreviation for application. Plural, apps.