Re: Upload versus download

Subject: Re: Upload versus download
From: Robert Lauriston <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>
To: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:46:28 -0800

The phrase "upload from" is certainly a bad sign.

If the GUI text is from the perspective of the device rather than the
user, then you probably have to live with everything being backwards.
Just make sure that it's always clear that the subject of "upload" is
the PLC and the object is the user's PC, and vice-versa for

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 7:01 AM, Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> 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.
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