Read only dialog box

Subject: Read only dialog box
From: "Barbara Philbrick" <caslon -at- alltel -dot- net>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2006 23:02:11 -0500

One of my clients doesn't want to call dialog boxes "dialog boxes" if the
information in them is read-only. I contend that users understand it,
understand they are read-only (if they are reading this piece of help text),
and that I don't want to start a trend of calling things "monolog boxes."
(Actually, she calls these windows.)

I don't see anything specific to this in Microsoft Manual of Style; is there
a term I should be using instead of dialog?



Barbara J. Philbrick

Caslon Services Inc.
Technical Writing
Aurora, OH


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