TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
a) a preponderance of expressed choices one way or the other, representing (by sheer numbers) what the average customer is likely to feel comfortable with, or (given that I'm eager to get this done and get to the next several things on my plate...)
b) a good suggestion or persuasive argument from someone (or a couple of someones) whom I respect.
Right now, it's just a matter of competing opinions (mine and co-writer's) with no evidence other than respective traditions, so I thought to inquire of the wider (techwriter-ish) world. Get a feel for the lay of the land... like that. In other words, all it would take is a bit more than just my cube neighbor's opinion to get me off my current position.
However, a couple of private replies and Robert's public one have suggested a better alternative, "copy".
I won't use it, but I decided to go with the similar "transfer".
I'd use "copy", except that the transfer is enacted by a specific, purpose-built utility that speaks the device's language and knows how to get its attention - the device doesn't simply appear as just-another USB storage device that would accept an ordinary copy operation.
From: Milan DavidoviÄ [mailto:milan -dot- lists -at- gmail -dot- com]
Sent: December-09-13 5:06 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: upload/download
What sort of evidence would both of you accept as authoritative? Logic may get you nowhere if you each start off with different premises...
Sent from my Commercial Visible 6
On Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 4:06 PM, McLauchlan, Kevin <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> I usually say "download" for any transfer from a server to a workstation or device, and "upload" for any transfer from a device or workstation to a server (or cloud, or other manifestation of the interweebs). So, there's an element of "greater to lesser" vs "lesser to greater" in how I classify... My cow-orker disagrees and would say that anything going away from my computer is an upload, and anything toward the computer is a download, so copying files from the laptop to the device is an upload.
The information contained in this electronic mail transmission
may be privileged and confidential, and therefore, protected
from disclosure. If you have received this communication in
error, please notify us immediately by replying to this
message and deleting it from your computer without copying
or disclosing it.
New! Doc-to-Help 2013 features the industry's first HTML5 editor for authoring.