Re: Page or screen?

Subject: Re: Page or screen?
From: reshma pendse <reshma_pendse -at- yahoo -dot- co -dot- in>
To: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>, tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 00:17:15 +0800 (SGT)

Hi,

This is what MSTP 4 says about page and screen:


page
Refers to one of a collection of web documents that make up a website. Use page to refer to the page
the user is on, that is, the particular document, or to a specific page such as the home page or start
page.
Also, use page instead of screen to refer to an individual screen within a wizard.

screen
Use instead of screenful or full screen. However, it is all right to say that a program is running in fullscreen
mode.
Use screen to refer to the graphic portion of a visual output device. Use display as a general term for
visual output devices such as a flat-panel display. See also display, monitor.

Looks like page is the right word if you follow MSTP.

regards,
Reshma


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From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: tech2wr-l <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Sunday, 20 January 2013 9:40 PM
Subject: Page or screen?

Recently, one of the new employees pointed out to me at work that I should
be referring to the different screens in our system as pages.
The system is web-based. Users need to open their browsers, type in the
address of their company's database and log in to the system.

Once logged in clicking on X would open the Y screen.

This was the terminology used in the help documentation before I arrived,
and it did not occur to me to change it. At the same time, I am not sure my
coworker is right. A web-based system, or web application is not the same
thing as a web-site. Once you enter the site, you are still in the same
address, and clicking back and forward does not necessarily change the
screen.

So is the correct term screen, or is the correct term page?
I am the lone technical writer in the company so I have the authority to
change the terminology, and while it is a headache to go back and change
things it can be done.

Yehoshua Paul
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