Re:RE: Question about terminology

Subject: Re:RE: Question about terminology
From: CHRISTINE ANAMEIER <CANAMEIE -at- email -dot- usps -dot- gov>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 09:55:38 -0400

Suzanne wrote:
> How can you assume a mouse is being used? You should be
> instructing the user where to place the cursor. Could be
> a touch pad or mouse keys.

If someone has replaced their mouse with a touch pad, they know it's the
*equivalent* of a mouse. I seriously doubt they're going to be confused by the

Ditto for mouse keys, trackballs, stylus & tablet, and other mouse alternatives.

John wrote:
> I use "place the cursor on ..." instead of 'mouse over'.

The problem is, the "cursor" is something different from the pointer. Maybe it's
because I learned the word back in the days of DOS, but to me the "cursor" is
the small underline at a command-line prompt, or the insertion point in a text
document. If you're in Word, for instance, you have a "cursor" and you have a
"pointer" that are likely to be in two different places on the screen.

A couple of people suggested the phrase "Point to." Assuming we're not writing
for ultra-newbies (think smudges on the monitor), that wording sounds okay to

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