Re: WG: Newbie question - GUI terminology

Subject: Re: WG: Newbie question - GUI terminology
From: Dick Margulis <margulisd -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: "Chinell, David F \(GE Indust, Security\)" <David -dot- Chinell -at- GE -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 09 Oct 2006 12:24:59 -0400

Chinell, David F (GE Indust, Security) wrote:


Sorry to quibble with your otherwise typically sage advice, but "dialog" in place of "dialog box" is not a generally accepted convention as far as I'm concerned. The MS MoS is pretty clear on this, and it's not something I've ever taken exception to.


We may be talking about different scenarios. If someone points to a dialog box and asks, "What do you call this kind of control?" the answer is "dialog box." If I'm telling someone how to change an option, I'm going to write, "On the Options dialog, click the View tab" rather than "On the Options dialog box, click the View tab." Actually, I'd probably avoid the word altogether: "1. On the Tools menu, click Options. 2. Click View."

I think if you're naming the dialog (by way of directing the user's attention to the right region of the display), the word box is just redundant clutter.



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