Re: Error Messages: Text for the title bar

Subject: Re: Error Messages: Text for the title bar
From: "John Fleming" <johntwrl -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2002 17:10:03 +0000



On Sun, 29 Dec 2002 02:12:33 -0700, dave -at- netmedia -dot- net -dot- il wrote:

$I would like to address a related question -- what should be included in
$the title bar of the message? I haven't seen anything that directly
$addresses this question.
$
$Based on what I have seen I would like to suggest the following guidelines
$for title bars in error messages. The guidelines are in descending order.
$That is, if "1" is not relevant or possible, try guideline 2, and so on.

I think you missed a choice.

#6 No title in the title bar at all.

Consider error messages on a photocier. If the machine is out of paper, you get a little blinking light next to the words "Add Paper" or something to that effect.

If your error message dialog box is limited to something like "Printer Out Of Paper--Add Paper" or "Add Paper Toi Printer", is there any need for a title in the title bar at all?

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John Fleming
Technical Writer
Edmonton, Canada

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