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Context

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

Example

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

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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. Commented Mar 18, 2019 at 18:01
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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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