RE: Pop-up Window vs. Dialog Box

Subject: RE: Pop-up Window vs. Dialog Box
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:25:16 -0400

Hi Keith,

I never use "pop-up window" -- it's too vague. "Dialog box" means just
that: You and the computer are exchanging information. As in:

"The Thirsty Hard Drive dialog box is displayed. Select Water, Wine, or
Beer, and then click OK."

If a message is displayed that doesn't require or allow a response, I
don't use "dialog box." Instead, I would write:

"A message is displayed: 'Your hard drive would like a glass of warm
milk.' Click OK to close this message."


Dan Goldstein

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Keith Hansen
> Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 11:15 AM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Pop-up Window vs. Dialog Box
> The MS Manual of Style says the following: "Do not use pop-up
> window as a synonym for dialog box."
> Well, as it happens, I have seen these two terms used interchangeably
> sometimes. Can anyone clarify for me the exact difference between
> the two? With examples of the proper use of each?
> I have a pretty good idea of the difference... But I'd like to
> compare notes with other, more experienced TW's. Thanks much in
> advance!

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