RE: Web based application naming conventions

Subject: RE: Web based application naming conventions
From: "Hager, Harry (US - East Brunswick)" <hhager -at- dc -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Jan 2001 14:36:48 -0500

Claire Philpott asks:

>>To what do I refer for a web based application?
>>"Services are defined in the Services Definition page."
>>"Services are defined in the Services Definition screen."

Forgive me if I seem a little late to this discussion because I did not
receive the digest where the original message appeared.

Perhaps the Web-based apps you and others write about are different than
those I write about but I use the term "windows" instead of page, screen,
form, or any other permutation.

The reason I do this is that the application is still a windows app and with
few exceptions, these entities look like and act like windows (and dialog
boxes). They don't look like the typical Web pages with a gazillion bells
and whistles. The Web is simply the method of delivering the app and its
windows to the remote users. From the perspective of the user, they are
using a Web browser to access a windows app on a remote server.

I also use all the other MS Windows terminology to name the other elements
of the windows. Its a neat, simple, standard, and easy to use set of

In a few instances where the user is entering information in a window that
looks like a form (we write apps for the health care industry and it is
notorious for forms) I might use the word form. However, that's anpther

Why use or invent new terms when the old standbys suffice?

H. Jim Hager
Deloitte Consulting
Pittsburgh Solution Center
hhager -at- dc -dot- com

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