RE: Incremental find?

Subject: RE: Incremental find?
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: <arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 13:48:19 -0700

arroxaneullman -at- aol -dot- com wrote:

> As for technical versus explanatory terms, if you had never seen a
> toilet and I decided to call it "flush-bodily-waste-out-a-pipe device"
> you might understand the idea, but it's name is still "toilet."

Right, but you may be making my point for me. What if
"type-as-you-find" IS the name of the function, and "incremental find"
is just a description of what it does?

Regardless, though, you already said "the typical user would respond
with 'HUH?' if I use ['incremental find']". I've been deleting the
"Definition of Tech Writer" posts as fast as they've been coming in, so
maybe I've missed something... But I'd bet no one's suggested that part
of the job description is "baffle your readers."

You know that, of course, so it occurs to me that maybe I misunderstood
your question. Were you actually just asking whether "incremental find"
is the commonly-accepted name for the function?

If so, the answer's "no". Microsoft uses it (and "incremental search")
in some of its products, but as that Wikipedia page will tell you, there
are lots of other names... None of which, in my opinion, is as
descriptive as "find as you type".


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