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Subject:Plus and minus sign buttons From:"Kubrin, Andy" <AKubrin -at- FEICO -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 3 Oct 2002 18:23:46 -0600
I'm documenting an application that uses buttons labeled with plus and
minus signs to step through a range of values--an index, say, or a range
of voltage settings.
Is anyone aware of a convention for referring to such buttons in text? I
need an end-user term, not developer-speak. It seems cumbersome to write
"click the plus or minus buttons ...." And I can't show a screen shot
wherever I reference such a button, either, or I'll have several screen
caps per page.
As a bonus question, does anyone know if it is standard Windows UI design
practice to use these buttons? If there's a better alternative, I'd like
to point it out to our developers.
Please copy me with your response, as I'm on digest.
Senior Technical Writer
akubrin -at- feico -dot- com
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