TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:RE: GUI names: forms vs. windows From:"Giordano, Connie" <Connie -dot- Giordano -at- FMR -dot- COM> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 24 Oct 2000 10:34:27 -0400
FWIW, I have always chosen Windows when writing user doc and Forms if that's
what they're called in the programming language for the API doc (such as
Visual Basic). Forms tends to confuse end-users, who think in terms of
print forms that you use to do your taxes and such.
From: Mark Baker [mailto:MBaker -at- TIMELINE -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, October 23, 2000 5:47 PM
Subject: GUI names: forms vs. windows
We're currently reviewing/updating our in-house style guide and would like
to know how others have answered the "Are these called forms, windows, or
something else?" question, as in "Click OK to open the XYZ form/window."
We're past the point of
"who-cares-what-they're-called-so-long-as-the-naming-is-consistent" and want
to know WHY you have chosen to call them what you have. Also, we're
interested in reasons beyond (1) That's the way we've always done things
'round here, (2) That's what my boss said to call them, (3) The
such-and-such style guide says that's what they're called, and (4) The coin
toss came up "heads" two out of three times.
Otherwise, we mean this: If you or your group have had complete unilateral
freedom to call them what you wish, why did you choose what you did?
Your web site localized into 32 languages? Maybe not now, but sooner than
you think. Download ForeignExchange's FREE paper, "3 steps to successful
translation management" at http://www.fxtrans.com/3steps.html?tw.
You are currently subscribed to techwr-l as: archive -at- raycomm -dot- com
To unsubscribe send a blank email to leave-techwr-l-obscured -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Send administrative questions to ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com -dot- Visit http://www.raycomm.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.