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
    Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 16:57

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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

  • 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. Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 18:01

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


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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