Re: Page or screen?

Subject: Re: Page or screen?
From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2013 15:00:46 +0200

I agree with Mike that it is a relatively minor matter. However, all it
would take on my part is a search and replace (we only have one partially
completed webhelp).
I spoke with my boss who agreed that if page is the correct term then we
should used it, and asked that I just confirm it with a developer.
The developer (predictably) did not care enough to express an opinion. I
e-mailed my boss, and let her know that I am making the change, and that it
is being added to the bottom of my list of tasks. Sometime in the next
couple of weeks before the next release, I will update the webhelp.

I was wrong. My ESL coworker was right. It happens occasionally. Just
because I am the only native English speaker in my company, and the only
person with any writing experience does not mean I am always right. It's a
painful truth, which I am forced to admit, and something that I am certain
many in this group have experienced.

Thanks for the advice,
Yehoshua



On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 7:03 PM, Mike Starr <mike -at- writestarr -dot- com> wrote:

> In a word, the answer is "Yes". What's technically correct isn't always
> what we end up using for various and sundry reasons.
>
> As someone else pointed out, MSMOSTP says page; I generally would say page
> myself. However, a couple points...
>
> If it's been out there in the wild as "screen" for a number of years it
> might be better to keep it the same.
>
> Sometimes, the pointy-haired bosses override our prodigiously researched
> and well thought out decisions. I used page in a document for one
> assignment and the manager I reported to decided it should be screen. And
> so it was.
>
> Of course you could always throw a meeting or start an email thread within
> the organization, expressing your colleague's concern and disclosing how
> you've researched the subject and found supporting documents that agree
> with your colleague.
>
> However, in the grand scheme of things, it's a trivial issue; it's one of
> those small things that isn't worth throwing a hissy fit over... pick your
> battles.
>
> Best Regards,
>
> Mike
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> On 2013-01-20 10:10 am, yehoshua paul wrote:
> <snip>
>
> So is the correct term screen, or is the correct term page?
>>
> <snip>
>
>
>> Yehoshua Paul
>>
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