Tab and Subtab?

Subject: Tab and Subtab?
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 09:24:22 -0500 (CDT)

Hi, all.

The software I'm documenting often has a set of tabs. The page displayed by each tab almost always has a row of, well, subtabs.

So, if the main window has these tabs ...

StandardÂÂÂ GlobalÂÂÂÂ IndividualÂÂÂ Custom

when I select "Standard," that page has these subtabs:

ImportÂÂÂÂ ExportÂÂÂÂÂ CopyÂÂÂÂÂÂ Backup

I dislike the terms "tab" and "subtab," but I think they are accurate. (Dorky, but accurate.)

The MS Manual of Style doesn't mention the term subtab, but does refer to "tabbed pages." This makes me wonder if I could use page and tab in place of tab and subtab: "Open the Standard page and select the Import tab."Â

Do you know what the preferred terms are? What do you use?


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