RE: Tree View Terminology

Subject: RE: Tree View Terminology
From: "Gerry Loiacono" <gerry -dot- loiacono -at- aztec-it -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 16:44:49 +1000

IMHO, 'tree view' may be coming out of vogue (especially since the metaphor
was not very strong to begin with - you cannot collapse and expand an elm or
an oak). I was just reading documentation on Zope
(, and they refer
to a similar interface as a "... familiar Windows Explorer-like view...". I
also like the terms "folders", "sub-folders", and "items within folders".

Gerry Loiacono
Aztec IT Services (tech writing blog)

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[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-115247 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Korth,
Sent: Wednesday, 22 January 2003 11:59 PM
Subject: Tree View Terminology

I searched the archives, and the only information I could find was from
1998. I would like to revisit this topic.

Our company’s software includes a tree view. We call the left pane in which
the tree view appears the Navigation Pane. What term do you use to describe
in documentation the actual file structure that expands and collapses? The
Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications doesn’t provide any
guidance. “Tree view” sounds like jargon to me.

Windows 2000 help defines the term "tree view" as follows:

"A hierarchical representation of the folders, files, disk drives, and other
resources connected to a computer or network. For example, Windows Explorer
uses a tree view to display the resources that are attached to a computer or
a network."

One suggestion (I don’t like this) is to use a phrase such as, "In the
Navigation pane, the tree view expands to display the Widget, Whatzit, and
What-have-you data levels."


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