Upload versus download

Subject: Upload versus download
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:01:20 -0800

As we all know, one uploads a file from a PC or similar device to a server.
If a resource exists on a server, it is downloaded to the PC (or similar
device).

Originally written by John, the designer/engineer of a programmable logic
controller (PLC), I'm rewriting his user manual. Using John's home-grown
GUI with buttons labeled accordingly, a person can connect a Windows PC to
his PLC for file transfer.

John living in his own siloed/silo'd world, everythingâincluding his GUIâis
PLC-centric. Therefore, one uploads binaries *from* the PLC to the PC for
editing/viewing, then can *download* them back to the PLC.

These two terms, upload and download, are used in a way that's
counter-intuitive to the rest of us who understand the PCâserver
relationship. It's one thing for me to make the changes in the manual, but
retooling the GUI is a far bigger kettle of fish that will likely meet with
much resistance.

Your thoughts?

> Chris
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