Re: Question on Naming

Subject: Re: Question on Naming
From: Leslie Turriff <jlturriff -at- centurytel -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 20:39:58 -0600

On Wednesday 06 January 2010 17:16:58 Robert Courtney wrote:
> I have a new product that has tabs and items underneath the tabs. It
> is a collapsible explorer area with a main display on the right. The
> explorer area may look below:
> My things (collapsible bar/tab)
> Things
> Look up things
> Other things (collapsible bar/tab)
> These things
> More things
> Do these things (collapsible bar/tab)
> Plain things
> Really plain things
> The tab/bar titles are groups of items that have common actions. They
> refer to screens in the application and what you do in the
> application. I explain the group with the name of the tab. Eg.. What
> is the My Things Tab?, What is the Other Things Tab?
> The help topic explains what the tab contains and does. The things
> under the tab I call "Action Items" because they do things, they do
> actions in the application. Eg., What is the Things Action Item?,
> What is the Look Up Things Action Item?
> Each one of the "Action Items" refers to a screen in the application
> and what you can do. But, I don't like referring to "screen." Eg.,
> What is the Things Screen?, What is the Look Up Things Screen? Or,
> What is Things?, What is Look Up Things?
> How confusing is it to a user to use "Action Item" instead of
> "Screen"? Or just leave screen off?
> Action Item is a new thought or idea that they are not used to as a
> standard. If I use it, do you think they will become comfortable with
> it?
You might consider "panel" as a term for the information displayed in
the window, instead of "screen".


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