In defence of "invoke" (was RE: When the thesaurus attacks...)

Subject: In defence of "invoke" (was RE: When the thesaurus attacks...)
From: "dbarefoot" <darren -dot- barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Dec 2001 09:54:30 -0000


While I generally agree with everybody else's opinions on the subject of
an end-user "invoking" a program, there are plenty of occasions where
this term is applicable. Because I'm writing for software development
tools, I use this term on a daily basis to, as the dictionary defines
it, "invoke (in-vok') verb To call or activate; used in reference to
commands and subroutines." For example, just yesterday I wrote "In
addition to SOAPDirect and other XML clients, you can also invoke Web
services using your Web browser."

I'm personally fond of the term, especially when it comes to making
invocations of things across the Internet. It seems appropriate that one
component is sort of optimistically conjuring or summoning another
component across the Web. Nonetheless, it should be reserved for
programming references, as opposed to simply starting a program. My two
cents. Thanks. DB.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: bounce-techwr-l-65243 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
> [mailto:bounce-techwr-l-65243 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> M Rassmussen
> Sent: 10 December 2001 22:00
> Subject: When the thesaurus attacks...
> I'll keep this vague, in case one of my co-workers is
> lurking. I don't want
> to embarrass the offender. Well, the one *I* consider an offender.
> Co-worker A is creating a training package for a piece of electronic
> equipment that runs a certain software program. She asked me
> to do a sanity
> check on what she has so far, and I found only two sentences
> that sent me
> into convulsions.
> She wrote: "From the piece of electronic equipment, INVOKE
> the software
> program."

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