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User interface copy

User interface (UI) copy is all the user-facing text in an interface, such as buttons, titles, error messages, and notifications.

User interfaces speak to users through UI copy, and UI copy allows users to speak back by guiding them to the desired action. For example, in a confirmation dialog, the question “Download package?” asks the user if they want to move forward with an action. This question would be followed by a button, “Download package,” that allows the user to confirm the action.

When a person interacts with a UI, they’re in conversation with it. This conversation influences the person’s feelings about the UI. If UI copy is useful, easily scanned, and action-oriented, users can more easily navigate, explore, and troubleshoot, and they’ll feel better about using the product.