Re: "Transparent to the User"

Subject: Re: "Transparent to the User"
From: Lou Quillio <public -at- quillio -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 09 Apr 2005 00:51:22 -0400


news.sunflower.com wrote:

> It seemed to me the OP was describing system documentation. I would not use
> 'transparent to the user' in user docs, either. But in shops I've been in,
> it is commonly used by technology groups to describe systems/processes of
> which the user will not be aware.

Agree. It's a useful shorthand for the intended audience. "Transparent to the user" is an addendum, not the main event. Something happens [insert excruciating detail]; the user isn't specifically advised because there's no point.

It's a disambiguating term, not a confession. It means that in the overarching UI, it's intended that the user not ponder the 'transparent' action.

Not suitable for anything user-facing, eminently useful for making clear there's no hook into the UI.

LQ


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