dialog box

Subject: dialog box
From: Michele Davis <michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 16 Nov 2000 11:30:09 -0600

Tom, what if your client INSISTS that you can't use dialog box? I have had this
same discussion with people for months. My last contract insisted that I was
wrong. The owner of the company has written several Osborne books, and he also
took out all my comma's, even serial ones! How do you "educate" your misbehavin'
clients to do it your way?

Thomas Quine wrote:

> > The MS Manual of Style also says don't use dialog when you mean dialog
> > box - it's jargon. Here they're quite correct.
> > A dialog box is so called because it is a box that facilitates a dialog
> > between the user and the system. Usually a dialog box asks a question and
> > requires a response - hence, dialog.
> > The dialog is the discussion, not the box the discussion takes place in.
> > That's why referring to a dialog box as a "dialog" is jargon born of
> > laziness, and yes, computer programmers are more guilty of inventing this
> > sort of jargon than others.


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