Re: Title--US vs non-US usage

Subject: Re: Title--US vs non-US usage
From: jean <jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2003 13:38:18 +1000

Dick Margulis wrote,
>>Sean Hower ... and others, mostly off-list, have suggested that I
use "Position" instead of "Title." However, all of the responses so far have
been from the US; so I'm holding off on a decision until I hear from at least
one or two non-murkins.<<

Here's my comment, from Australia. I always hesitate when I see a field
named "Title" because I'm often not sure whether it means "Honorific" (a word I
would never use in real life, by the way) or "Position/Job Title". Usually I
can guess from the placement of the field in the form, but not always, and from
the experience you cited in your original note, apparently that isn't a
sufficiently unambiguous cue.

If you have room on the interface, I recommend what others have suggested: give
an example. Otherwise, "Job Title" should make the meaning clear. "Position" is
a common term in Australia, but as you and others have noted, it's far too open
for smart-alecky responses.

Regards, Jean
Jean Hollis Weber
jean -at- jeanweber -dot- com
Technical Editors' Eyrie,


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