RE: terminology question (and a bit of a rant)

Subject: RE: terminology question (and a bit of a rant)
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Sep 2002 14:38:25 -0400

Get the MMoSfTP. It's old and dated but a good place to start.

But, yeah, you're making sense to me.



Sean Brierley
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-----Original Message-----
From: Rosemary J Horner [mailto:rhorner -at- quellos -dot- com]

So now I'm trying to define some GUI terminology (our apps are all

- I use "window" to describe popups (big or small) with a Windows
blue title bar, and use the title when I'm referring to them. These
include the standard browser toolbars, though they're browser windows.
content of these windows doesn't change (except for input).

- I use "page" to refer to the contents of the main browser window that
does include the standard browser toolbars. The contents, except
elements, can change completely.

- I use "tab" when the interface resembles tabs. Usually this is within

First, do these definitions make sense to you?

Now, the author of the manual I mentioned above uses "screen" all over
place, which I haven't been using at all. It's mostly in places where I
would use "window." Is this a standard use of the word screen? Should I
include screen in my style guide even if it's to say "don't use it"?
it be used for something else entirely? If pushed, I would think of it
terms of desktop apps with different views, maybe, but I don't see it
completely browser-based apps.

I don't have access to the Microsoft Manual of Style or any other style
guides, (but I'm going to request one very soon I think <g>) so I'd
really appreciate any of your opinions.

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