Re: Labels on forms: Abbreviate or use symbols?

Subject: Re: Labels on forms: Abbreviate or use symbols?
From: Cheryl Magadieu <cmagadieu -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 20 Feb 2010 07:52:42 -0500

Thanks for the information and suggestions, everyone. I'm going to suggest
that we use "No." in places where "Number" must be abbreviated.

Cheryl

On Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM, Viv Crawford <viv_crawford -at- hotmail -dot- com>wrote:

> In the UK it's called a hash sign and isn't (or is rarely) used to
> indicate a number. No. is much more commonly used.
>
> But that was only one example you gave...
>
> My own pet hate is where multi-word labels are shortened to the point of
> incomprehensibility. To my mind, calling a field 'Patient Number' and
> consistently labelling it as such is preferable to calling it, perhaps more
> precisely, 'Patient Account Number' and then abbreviating that to 'Pat Acct
> #' whenever it's referred to.
>
> If it *must* be called 'Patient Account Number' then I'm for rearranging
> the form to make room for the label in its entirety.
>
> But that's only an opinion and I have no evidence whatsoever to back it up
> :)
>
> Viv
>
>
>
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References:
RE: Labels on forms: Abbreviate or use symbols?: From: Leonard C. Porrello
RE: Labels on forms: Abbreviate or use symbols?: From: Al Geist
RE: Labels on forms: Abbreviate or use symbols?: From: Viv Crawford

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