'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'?

Subject: 'Entire' Vs. 'Whole'?
From: Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Dilraj Suri <dssuri -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 07:38:03 -0400

Dilraj Suri wondered: <<Could anyone please suggest, which one of the following is correct and why? 1. I can't see the entire <product_name_acronym> screen. 2. I can't see the whole <product_name_acronym> screen.>>

Not much difference; "whole" and "entire" are for all practical purposes identical. Although consistency is a good thing (i.e., choose one and use it everywhere), occasionally switching between the two won't cause much difficulty to any reader. This follows the general principle that consistency is less important for minor function words such as these than for technical terms.

Speaking of technical terms, it's worthwhile distinguishing between screens, windows, and dialog boxes. Which are you referring to here? The screen is everything between the monitor bezels; a window is any bounded and resizeable object within that screen; a dialog box is a non-resizable object that requires a response from the user (i.e., a dialog with the software).

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