The term will be used to describe items in a list presented together with options / possible solutions (e.g. material: wood, steel or aluminium?).


When designing a piece of furniture, one has to decide on:

  • overall shape and structure
  • dimensions
  • materials

How to accurately describe the items in the bullet points?

Ideas so far

  • question
  • (decision) point
  • factor
  • (sub-)problem
  • issue

Are there better options?

edit Some more ideas: aspect, facet, detail, component.

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    Sometimes these are just called “the particulars – Jim Mar 18 '19 at 16:57

Specifics (per Collins COBUILD):

The specifics of a subject are the details of it that need to be considered.

Things improved when we got down to the specifics.

Oddly enough, specifics seems less specific than specs or specifications, words which may be interpreted to mean a spec sheet (a list of details), especially in the construction industry, so I offer specifics instead.

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I would suggest criteria, plural of criterion, which Merriam-Webster defines as:

1 : a standard on which a judgment or decision may be based

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  • Your suggestion makes lot of sense to describe the items during the actual decision-making process, specifically when making judgments and considerations. It's not the best fit for the context in which I will be using it, unfortunately. – Willem-Aart Mar 18 '19 at 18:01

You could perhaps call them 'variables'. It sounds somewhat mathematical, but is (I think) precise, and correctly used in this way.

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You could use options. "Please select your preferred options from the list below."

You can also use the word Specifications is typically applied when describing the aspects of a product.

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