Re: Upload/Download -- definition

Subject: Re: Upload/Download -- definition
From: "William Sherman" <bsherman77 -at- embarqmail -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 00:55:04 -0500

I think you all are making it too complicated.

If I am doing the action, then I upload when I send and download when I receive.

If someone else is doing the action to me, then I receive when they upload and I send when they download.

Since I doubt your document includes you in the procedure along with the person doing the work, I'd say the first part is all you need.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Nancy Allison" <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- techwr-l -dot- com>
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2013 11:35 AM
Subject: Upload/Download -- definition

Hi, all.

It appears we last discussed this in 2004, so it's time for another round.

I understand there to be two competing concepts behind these terms:

--Direction (wikipedia uses this:
--Nature of devices involved (webopedia uses this:

Direction: You download to the system you are using, and upload to another system from it.

Example: At my mainframe, I upload data to someone's iPad. At my iPad, I upload data to the mainframe.

Nature of devices: Main/peripheral and by implication large/small. You upload from a smaller system to a larger and download from a larger system to a smaller.

Example: At my mainframe, I download data to an iPad. At my iPad, I upload data to a mainframe.

My project currently uses these terms inconsistently.

I think I will use "send" and "receive" and end the confusion. Does that seem like the correct choice of action? Is there any reason to struggle on with upload and download?

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