Is the term dialog or dialog boxes only used when referring to a thick
client application or operating system? If so, in a web (thin client)
application is it appropriate to use page or window?
I've been dealing with this question, myself. With an AJAX-based
application, with real dialog boxes that act just like a thick client, I
call them dialog boxes. The part that is static in the browser window that
doesn't change unless changing modes, I call a page. For the portions of the
browser window that are static, but are only a portion of the screen (like a
tab), I call panels.
Of course, this is just my own contrived nomenclature. Sometimes, I have to
ponder whether something is a panel or a screen. What is most important is
that you use generally-accepted terms, and that you use them as consistently
as possible. Deciding to call something a panel or a screen or a page is not
going to be much of a stumbling block to someone reading your doc, as long
as you ALWAYS call it a panel or a screen or a page.
thejavaguy -at- gmail -dot- com
WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word features support for every major Help format plus PDF, HTML and more. Flexible, precise, and efficient content delivery. Try it today! http://www.webworks.com/techwr-l
Easily create HTML or Microsoft Word content and convert to any popular Help file format or printed documentation. Learn more at http://www.DocToHelp.com/TechwrlList
You are currently subscribed to TECHWR-L as archive -at- infoinfocus -dot- com -dot-
To unsubscribe send a blank email to techwr-l-unsubscribe -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
or visit http://lists.techwr-l.com/mailman/options/techwr-l/archive%40infoinfocus.com
To subscribe, send a blank email to techwr-l-join -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Send administrative questions to lisa -at- techwr-l -dot- com -dot- Visit
http://www.techwr-l.com/techwhirl/ for more resources and info.
Dialogs: From: Beth Sargent
Previous by Author:
Re: Why is it...
Next by Author: Re: Strengths tech writers should have to land internships
Previous by Thread: Dialogs
Next by Thread: RE: Open vs Appear, Yet Again (was: "RE: WG: Newbie question - GU I terminology")
Visit TechWhirl's Other Sites