RE: GUI Terminology

Subject: RE: GUI Terminology
From: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
To: "Bruce Megan \(ST-CO/ENG2.2\)" <Megan -dot- Bruce -at- us -dot- bosch -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 09:19:53 -0600

Bruce Megan (ST-CO/ENG2.2) wrote:

> Hello All,
> Does anyone know the correct terminology for a drop down menu
> blank) that you could enter text in that generates options for future
> use?
> I thought it was called a editable drop down menu. Am I correct?
> Any and all comments welcomed.
> Thanks in advance

Why do you need to use the term? Are you writing documentation for user
interface developers? If so, the development environment has a name for
each and every widget that's available, and it's appropriate for you to
refer to them by those names.

But if you're writing end user documentation, there is generally no need
to "educate" those users as to the technical terms for various elements
of the user interface.

Users don't need to know (and almost certainly don't care) whether the
thing labeled "Foobar" is a combo box, list box, drop-down list, or
whatever. Just identify it clearly and tell them what to do. "To add a
new Foo, click Foobar and type the Foo ID in the box."

IMHO, YMMV, etc.


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Polycom, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT polycomDOTcom
rgcombs AT gmailDOTcom


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