RE: Read only dialog box?

Subject: RE: 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: Fri, 20 Jan 2006 10:22:37 -0500

It's not a developer, it's an auditor, and a Swedish one at that (sometimes
she sticks on points that native English speakers gloss over; it's actually
been quite instructive from a "writing for English as a second language"
perspective --- she asked me to explain the "ing" ending, but that's another
thread!) "Dialog" to her needs to be two ways (she doesn't buy the "clicking
OK is a form of dialog") and wants to call them pop-ups.

And don't even get me started on trying to get auditors to lose (s), within,
obtain, and a(nother) from their texts...

Picking my battles,


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+caslon=alltel -dot- net -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
Peter Sturgeon
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:35 AM
Subject: Re: Read only dialog box?

It's a dialog box--the war is over. Just be glad your developers don't
distinguish between modal and non-modal dialog boxes.

Follow Geoff's advice: Describe the content, not the container.

For example, "A message notifies you when the backup has completed."

--- Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> wrote:

> Barbara Philbrick reports: <<One of my clients doesn't want to call
> dialog boxes "dialog boxes" if the information in them is read-only.>>

Focusing on that action or task is more important than on what to call it.


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