Re: terminology that swings both ways

Subject: Re: terminology that swings both ways
From: Jay Maechtlen <techwriter -at- covad -dot- net>
To: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2007 09:45:38 -0800

McLauchlan, Kevin wrote:
> What do y'all do with widely used terms like "client" and "server" that
> can rightfully be used interchangeably (yet perfectly accurately either
> way) in the same sentence? How to minimize the ambiguity without
> maximizing wordiness and if/thens?
> For example, in a few places in my Help, I have to talk about
> configuration and interactions among our product, our customer's
> computer, and _their_ customers' computers. Our product is a server to
> the client... the customer's computer, and it might also be a server to
> the customer's customers' client computers... or our customer might use
> our product as a server but act as a server to their customer clients...
> or... there could be a situation where our customer's computer serves a
> certain type of operation to their customers, but hands off a subset of
> those operations that our product does best. So, it's not as simple as
> just putting categorical adjectives in front of the various possible
> occurrences of "client" or "server", since those might switch in the
> middle of a thought.
Sounds like the software can play either role, maybe you can approach it
that way.
...the software can provide services to this class/group of
users/clients. It uses/can use <this other class/group> as a resource
for these operations ...

Jay Maechtlen
techpubs -at- covad -dot- net
626 444-5112 office
626 840-8875 cell


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