Re: Localization Question

Subject: Re: Localization Question
From: al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com
To: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2006 05:46:46 -0700 (PDT)

Hi Ed,

I've always followed the rule that a window opens on the screen as a
result of some user action. A dialog box is a window. However, wth that
said, I just checked the Apple Style Guide and it says that Dialogs
display. (Hard to beleive that I may have been wrong all these years.)
I'm at the office now and away from my home system where I have the
Microsoft style guide, so I'm not sure what it says. I tried a search
through the online IBM Style guide and found no reference to Windows or
Dialog Boxes. Then again, I'm writing/editing hardware design
manuals/product qualification reports. This stuff is about as far away
from software/GUIs as you can get.

The 2006 Apple style guide is free (PDF) and can be found by Googling.

I think Dick said it best when he said that consistency is the key here.
The choice may not agree with Microsoft or Apple, but if it's consistent
then the translators have a better chance of getting it right regardless
of the end language.


> On 5/4/06, al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
> wrote:
>> According to IBM style: WIndows open or close, they do not appear or
>> display, nor are they dismissed or exited.
> What about dialog boxes (some call them message boxes), especially
> error messages? What verb is appropriate for those?
> I currently use "pop up"/"pops up" but I feel I'm on the verge of
> learning a better term.. :-)
> Thanks,
> Ed.


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