Re: ASAP: "Fillable" wars

Subject: Re: ASAP: "Fillable" wars
From: janiceg <janice -dot- gelb -at- eng -dot- sun -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 15:21:22 -0800

"Gillespie, Stephen (Contractor)" wrote:
> jenise -dot- cook-crabbe -at- pacificlife -dot- com ("Cook, Jenise") wrotes:
> >
> >We've got a battle with Marketing after using this term for at least two
> >years. Can *you* justify the use of the term "fillable"? (We use it in the
> >sense of a "fillable form".)
> >
> then Janice Gelb added:
> >I've seen this for graphics products when talking about
> >"fillable shapes" vs shapes that you can't fill. I would
> >try to get Marketing to use this term only when they
> >need to contrast something that can be filled in with
> >something that can't, and not just to use it randomly
> >as an adjective. (For example, readers would probably
> >assume that they can fill in a form that you're providing
> >to them unless you tell them otherwise.)
> I agree with Janice's explanation of the usage re 'fillable' (graphic)
> shapes, but have to DISAGREE on her extending the comparison to 'filling ...
> a form'. I don't think 'fillable' as an adjective works for a FORM, because
> what one does with a form is FILL OUT (at least, in Southen English idiom)
> It's what's known as a 2-word verb - which as an adjective would result in
> something (ridiculous) like 'filloutable'.

On pure English grounds, I completely agree with you,
Steve. However, when I did a Google search on "fillable,"
I discovered that this now appears to be a common
adjective for PDF forms. I was trying to limit usage
of this new construction as much as possible...

-- Janice

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