Excel or Spreadsheet?

Subject: Excel or Spreadsheet?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 12:21:42 -0500

John Posada wonders: <<I have an application that has a menu button labeled Export. When clicked, you are given two choices; Excel and Text. My issue is that we call it out by the application Excel, when in reality, we're simply creating a file with an Excel extension and whatever spreadsheet application they are using that recognizes that extension is launched.>>

The simple solution: add the word "format" to both buttons, or add a title such as "Export format:" above the two buttons. This focuses on the result (creating a file in a specific format), not the application that will use the file.

<<are there enough non-Excel users out there to make the effort of changing our application to use the choices Spreadsheet and Text?>>

That's not the important question. Changing it to "spreadsheet" begs the question of _which_ spreadsheet. It's always better to be specific than vague, and "spreadsheet" is vague.

--Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)



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