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I have a page - similar to a wiki page - that contains descriptive information in paragraph form as well as a side bar with labels bits of information. This is a good example, the right size information bar. All the labeled bits of information; could I label that as "Discrete Data" or "Discrete Information"? Is there a more correct term for it?

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    I don't see that Discrete as you use it adds any meaning to the word Data or Information, so why add it?
    – Oldcat
    Feb 27, 2014 at 17:44
  • @Oldcat - I'm looking to differentiate the paragraph descriptive information from the key/value type data. On the page editor I have 2 tabs for editing the different parts of the page. I'm looking for names to put in the tabs.
    – Justin808
    Feb 27, 2014 at 18:15
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    The sidebar information for the wiki page is a summary, an overview, or a fact sheet. I think you could the tabs summary/detail, overview/descriptive, or fact sheet/long form.
    – rajah9
    Feb 27, 2014 at 18:19
  • What were you thinking of putting in the tab that wasn't the sidebar?
    – John Y
    Feb 27, 2014 at 18:28
  • Why not call it Sidebar? Or Tidbits?
    – bib
    Feb 27, 2014 at 18:35

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No, "discrete" is not an appropriate description. "Discrete" means:

discrete — consisting of or characterized by distinct or individual parts

With regards to data, discrete data means data that takes a very specific form:

discrete data — Data that can only take certain values. For example: the number of students in a class (you can't have half a student).

This is a technical term and it would not apply to your usage.

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I definitely agree with MrHen that discrete is not the right term because it has a very technical meaning that your example does not seem to qualify for.

If I had to come up with a title based on your example I would use a term like Specification Data or Specification Information.

If you are looking for something shorter maybe the abbreviated Spec Data or Spec Info.

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