Re: QUERY: question mark icon on toolbar button

Subject: Re: QUERY: question mark icon on toolbar button
From: Peter Kleczka <pkleczka -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Becca Price <becca_price -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 20:52:07 -0800 (PST)


If your developers are supposed to be
following Microsoft standards for
Windows then I think you are right
that you should get Help, not About.

If they are not following Microsoft's
standards then this might *not* be
a bug. Or, could it be that no
online help is developed for the
application yet? If the application
is true to Microsoft's standards for
Windows, then the application should
contain a persistent Menu bar that
contains the word Help on it. Clicking
Help should lead to both the online
help and the About sections.

I would challenge the developers on
principle - I mean, how many times,
if ever, does a user view the About
section of an application? I'd say
not enough to make it its own
toolbar button.

Pete Kleczka
pkleczka -at- yahoo -dot- com

--Becca Price
is wondering whether to enter a bug report:

> In the Windows-based application I'm documenting,
> there is a button on the toolbar with a question
> mark
> as the icon. When you click the button, you get the
> "About this program" information screen. I can't
> find
> anything specific in my reference books, but I
> thought
> that the question mark button was usually used as a
> shortcut to the online help -- or am I (as in so
> many
> other things!) mistaken?
> Thanks,
> Becca
> wondering whether to enter a bug report or not.

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