RE: Use of 'populate'

Subject: RE: Use of 'populate'
From: "Al Geist" <al -dot- geist -at- geistassociates -dot- com>
To: "'Michelle Vina-Baltsas'" <Michelle_Vina-Baltsas -at- datascope -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2008 09:52:28 -0500

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Michelle Vina-Baltsas wrote:

"How do you all feel about using the word 'populate' in technical
documents? For example,

1) Click the Actions button, then select Modify from the menu.
2) Populate the Approval Date:.
3) Populate the CR Number:. "

Populate is usually an automated action. If, for example, the "Approval
Date:" is automatically filled in when you click Modify, then you would say
something like "Clicking Modify populates the Approval Date:" Otherwise, I
would just say "Enter the Approval Date (mm/dd/yyyy):"

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