RE: the first one or more characters

Subject: RE: the first one or more characters
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Milan Davidovic" <shl_ctf -at- yahoo -dot- ca>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2007 14:25:45 -0700

Milan Davidovic wrote:

> --- Andrew Warren <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com> wrote:
> > I'd write "Type the first few letters".
> Yes thanks, "type" per Microsoft. Good point. But I'm more
> after the predicate portion -- in your case, "the first few
> letters" would stand in for "the first one or more".
> Interesting. I suppose users could figure out for themselves
> when they could get away with one letter (e.g. in some
> databases, a search for something beginning with "x") and
> when they'd need more.

I've seen "Type [or "Enter..."] as much of the name as you know," but I
like Andrew's phrasing much, much better. It's short, clear, and
encourages experimentation. I think encouraging users to experiment and
explore (in harmless ways like this) is a Very Good Thing.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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