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Subject:RE: Field vs. text box? From:Alan Bucher <bucherino -at- yahoo -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Tue, 4 Feb 2003 13:30:57 -0800 (PST)
I thought "field" went out of vogue years ago. (Certainly it's
forbidden by the Microsoft MoS, for those to whom that means
I use "text box" and have never encountered a new or experienced user
who didn't know what that was referring to. Certainly any advanced
user who's seen "field" can make the leap to "text box" with less
confusion than a new user can do the reverse.
I also don't believe in retaining terminology that is acknowledged to
be outdated just because the old-time users are used to the old-time
ways. It used to be that *every* control in a dialog was called a
"field", and now we have new, clearer terms for differentiating these
things (check box, drop-down list, text box, etc.). What benefits a
user most: when an application clings to the terminology it has
always had, or when it updates with the times to follow the
conventions of the majority of other apps out there?
>The term "Field" -- as relates to a place on a web page where users
>are asked to fill in name, address, etc. -- when writing for *very*
>basic (inexperienced) Internet users, would "text box" be more
>Anyone who's used a computer for more than a few months is used to
>the term "field," but my fear is that *very* naive beginners may
>stare at the screen looking for green grass, or golden grain, or
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