RE: "Picklist"

Subject: RE: "Picklist"
From: "Andrew Warren" <awarren -at- synaptics -dot- com>
To: <chrismorton11 -at- gmail -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 08:43:46 -0700

Chris Morton wrote:

> For documenting a UI? Never [use the word "picklist]! You can use
> the *Microsoft Style Guide for Technical Writers*, *Read Me First*
> (Sun), and just about any software manual or book to back you up.


I wouldn't say "never".

It's certainly true that the OS manufacturers don't use that word to describe their controls... But just as you might write about a "work order" or "customer record" rather than a "dialog box", so can you describe a set of choices as a "picklist" or "pick list" if that's your industry's/company's name for the thing. The fact that the picklist is implemented using Apple's list boxes or Microsoft's combo boxes or whatever is immaterial.



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