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Subject:Re: Question on Naming From:Robert Courtney <bobsc1 -at- earthlink -dot- net> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:52:50 -0800
Panel is a possibility.... I have been looking at the Microsoft manual
of style for help and that might be usable.
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On 1/6/2010 6:39 PM, Leslie Turriff wrote:
> 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)
>> 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
> You might consider "panel" as a term for the information displayed in
> the window, instead of "screen".
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