GUI: What should we call the "Central Area"?

Subject: GUI: What should we call the "Central Area"?
From: SB <sylvia -dot- braunstein -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 18:12:01 +0300

Our GUI application is designed as follows:

- Top of the application window:
- *Title/Status Bar*
- *Main Menu*
- Middle part of the application window
- Left side: *Navigation Tree* (it is there throughout the
- Central area: an area that is changing when you click on the
relevant option on the navigation tree. This is essentially the area
of interest for the selected choice under the navigation tree.
This "central
area" has its own Title/Status Bar and also includes the main
toolbar. A as
such (even before my time) it has always been referred to as "the XYZ
window" despite the fact that it does not open up in its own separate
- Bottom of the application window: Event list (trap table)

The technical writer working with me thinks it is wrong to call this central
area the "XYZ Window" (despite the fact that this is what appears on its
title bar and the fact that the main toobar is at the top of it). He says
that it is not truly a window and is looking for another name for it.

I have never had an issue with the "central area" being called a "window". I
view this sort of as an alternative as having a "pop-up window for the
relevant option" since this is the only thing that is changing in our GUI
application window (according to the seclection made under the navigation
tree) and especially since at the top of it there is the main toolbar and it
has its own title/status bar. (Note that toolbar is at the top of that
central area but and right underneath it you have the title/status bar)

I was wondering if you think this is correct and if not, what should it be

Here is what is suggested instead:
- Central pane
- Main pain is ruled out (I don't know why)

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