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Subject:Dialog boxes, writing about From:kelli -dot- lewis -at- onyxgfx -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 7 Nov 2000 14:18:17 -0700
Hi. This is an opinion question. Delete if necessary.
When documenting dialog boxes, windows, forms, etc., I list the "elements" of
the UI, and then I define functionality.
Name field - enter your username.
Quantity drop-down list box - select the quantity of whoosits from the drop-down
Format radio buttons - select the .rtf, .doc, or .pgt format radio button.
Okay, here's where your opinion comes in. I've got someone here who wants me to
remove the terms "field," "drop-down list box," "radio button," etc. from these
sections of the document. For some reason, this makes my hair stand on end. I
looked through manuals and online help that I have hanging around my desk, and
all of them specify the elements of UI.
The individual who wants these terms removed says that they are "engineering
terms and they will scare the average user." He says that the terms do not
benefit the user in any way and are useless. Do you all always include the
abovementioned terms in your documentation, or are they expendable? Do they
scare you? haha
I've taken the terms out of this draft of the document, and now it looks
incomplete to me. Am I just being anal here? Thanks for your opinions.
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