Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs

Subject: Re: "Select" in lieu of other verbs
From: "Gene Kim-Eng" <techwr -at- genek -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:41:27 -0800

Your arguement for "touch" is correct IF (big if) there is
consensus among the developers and product owners
that "OK" should ONLY be implemented by using the touch
screen (and if this is the case, why haven't all the other
possible methods of doing it been disabled?).

"OK" doesn't strike me as equivalent to "selecting options
in a dialog box." I'm not a software person, so maybe I'm
missing something here, but even if "select" is the wrong
term to use, if everyone's reaction to the thought of a user
implementing "OK" using any of the other methods that
are available on the system you describe is "fine by me,"
then "touch" is still the wrong instruction to give in this case.

Gene Kim-Eng



----- Original Message -----
From: "Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare,consultant)"
> I have one engineer who will only use "select" in all cases where a
> behavior can be invoked in one or more ways. So, where I've edited a
> line to read, "Touch OK," she changes it back to "Select OK."
>
> She's not just doing it to be ornery. Her reasoning is that the user
> can
> invoke "OK," in multiple ways, so she doesn't want to dictate how they
> do it. I maintain that we tell them one way to do it, and not
> encourage
> them to do it multiple ways.

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"Select" in lieu of other verbs: From: Boudreaux, Madelyn (GE Healthcare, consultant)

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