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I agree, we are discussing two different things in this thread.
One is a control labeled with an 'ellipsis alone' and nothing else.
The other is a control with a meaningful label followed by an ellipsis.
The 'ellipsis alone' does not seem to be discussed in standards documents.
Since it is too cryptic to be good design, why discuss it?
(I have seen the 'ellipsis alone' used on a button that was designed to
display a list of definitions for possible entries in a field. That button
has since disappeared from our GUI.)
jims -at- spsi -dot- com
<snip>It seems that the MS UI design guidelines are now in a book called
Windows User Experience_ which has about 2 pages on the ellipsis at the