RE: Do you log on or logon to a website?

Subject: RE: Do you log on or logon to a website?
From: "Fred Ridder" <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 16:07:01 -0400

Lisa asks,

Do users log onto, on to, into, or in to a website? Or do users logon or
login to a website.

Well, the *real* question is whether the users are really logging in at all
(i.e. supplying some sort of user name and password) or whether they
are simply visiting a public website. I've seen many cases where writers
refer to logging in when there is no authentication process at all. And
this can be bad because some users (and some employers) have a policy
against visiting websites that require logging in.

But having said that, the open (multi-word) forms are correct for verbal
usages and the closed forms are correct for noun or adjective usages.
It used to be that the choice of "in" vs. "on" seemed to divide fairly
neatly along Windows vs. UNIX lines, but that is less true these days.
Pick one and go with it. But my own preference is to always avoid
"into" and "onto".

My opinions only; I don't speak for Intel
Fred Ridder
Parsippany, NJ

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