RE. Preposition to use when referring to window, page, or tab?

Subject: RE. Preposition to use when referring to window, page, or tab?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2000 13:03:12 -0500

Elizabeth Cummings wonders about <<From the X tab, do Y." ['window' or
'page' can be substituted for tab to
cover all such occurrences. of this line.]>>

I prefer to handle such constructions by turning them into instructions:
"Select the X tab. [Open the X menu/dialog box/page.] Do Y." (Context for
subsequent instructions referring to the tab or page or whatever can be
established implicitly--i.e., it's obvious enough not to need repeating--or
explicitly, using the "select the X tab" as a heading or introductory
statement for the series of steps that follow.)

Where that approach isn't feasible, I prefer to use "in" for dialog boxes
and tabs, and "on" for pages. No particularly good justification for those
choices, other than that they pass the "it reads funny" test more often than
not for me.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy."--Goethe

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