RE: Tree View Terminology

Subject: RE: Tree View Terminology
From: "Anita Legsdin" <anita -dot- legsdin -at- watchmark -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003 12:45:55 -0800


Then it seems to follow that if the unnamed region of the window is too
complex to point to easily, the window itself is poorly designed? I like
that philosophy. But what about the case where a hierarchy of folders
can be displayed or not (as in "The Outlook Bar"), or can be configured
by the user to be either on the left side, or on top? You pretty much
have to name it, then, to save words.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gordon Meyer [SMTP:gordonmeyer -at- mac -dot- com]
> Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 7:37 AM
> To: TECHWR-L
> Subject: Re: Tree View Terminology
>
>
> I'd be inclined to avoid naming the view. Just describe what it
> provides. Along the lines of "On the left side of the window, click
> the
> triangles to view or hide the contents of each folder." If you feel
> compelled to explain that folders can be nested, then add an
> additional
> sentence to that affect, but I wonder that it might not be necessary
> at
> all, depending on the context of the task you're describing.
>
> --Gordon
>
Anita Legsdin
Sr. Technical Writer
WatchMark
(425) 564-8135

"Don't bother trying to make something foolproof. Nature will simply
evolve a better fool."
--Darwin





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