Re: I need a user-friendly term

Subject: Re: I need a user-friendly term
From: "Janet Swisher" <swisher -at- enthought -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 2004 11:12:42 -0500

Wade Courtney <wade -dot- courtney -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

> We have an application that can write information to RAM or to a
> Solid
> State Disk (SSD).
> Currently in the UI we call the Non-Volatile Memory. I think this
> term has
> a number of issues and I have been tasked with coming up with a more
> universal, user friendly term.
> So far I have Flash Memory, Flash Drive, Flash Disk, Permanent Memory.
> Can anyone think of any others?

So, who are your users? If they're electrical engineers, "non-volatile
memory" may be just fine, as it's familiar and precise. If they're the
general public, perhaps you're better off not talking about devices, and
simply talk about "saving temporarily" vs. "saving permanently".

Janet Swisher
Senior Technical Writer
Enthought, Inc.


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