Re: Format of GUI element names

Subject: Re: Format of GUI element names
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2000 11:31:42 -0800

Steve Shepard wrote:
> I was wondering what style guidelines are being used out there when
> identifying the names of interface elements. When you write, "Click the Save
> button." Do you set off "Save" somehow? Do you make it bold, italics,
> surround it with square brackets as in [Save], etc.?
> I know many people set them off some how so it is easy to identify the fact
> they are interface elements, but coming from a design background, I find a
> page of scattered bold words to be more visually confusing than helpful.

I agree with you that the clutter is a design disaster. Also, why
burden readers with too many conventions? The fact that you
capitalize "Save" and clearly identify it as a button seems all
that's necessary.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
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