RE: About that whacky MS MoS for TPs

Subject: RE: About that whacky MS MoS for TPs
From: "MMdeaton" <mmdeaton -at- mmdeaton -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 18:17:49 -0700

Having been one of the people who worked on the first internal versions of
the style guides, let me try and answer some of these questions.

-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-67915 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-67915 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Brierley,

1) Why capitalize the 'H' in online Help? Really, what, is it a proper noun?

Yes, Windows Help is a proper noun, shortened to Help in most documentation.

2) Why capitalize the 'T's in ToolTip? That is really strange. What's wrong
with lowercase, except when the initial T starts a sentence, of course.

Yes, Tootips, when used by Microsoft, is a trademarked proper noun.

3) What is wrong with 'grayed-out.' Dimmed? What's dimmed? The lightbulb of
the genius who decided not to use 'grayed-out,' which is a term everybody
understands. "Dimmed,' indeed.

Not all "dimmed" text appears to be gray to the user, especially if the user
has changed their system font colors.

Mary Deaton
Deaton Information Design
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