RE: Clarification on Help file question

Subject: RE: Clarification on Help file question
From: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
To: Peter Neilson <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Feb 2017 20:07:05 +0000

Oh! So that's where the term came from?

Interesting... although its odd that programmers adopted "radio button", given that by the time computer programming became a thing, I'm pretty sure car radios had dials, not push buttons.

In any case; If I were to say "click the radio button" to your average non-programmer person off the street, they'd be looking for a button with a picture of a radio on it.

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Subject: Re: Clarification on Help file question

On Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:10:09 -0500, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com> wrote:

> won't know what a radio button is (that's what programmers call them,
> but from a user perspective, what do they have to do with radios?
> Nothing!)

In your 1949 Ford's car radio there were five round pushbuttons for preselected stations. Pushing in one of them popped out another one, mechanically. Some more recent car radios have had a similar function, electronically.

My stations were WEEI, WNAC, WHDH, WBZ and WMEX.

The term definitely does not belong in user-facing documentation.

On a totally different note, the box on the right names one guy as both TODD and TOM. Oops!
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References:
Clarification on Help file question: From: Joe Weinmunson
RE: Clarification on Help file question: From: Wright, Lynne
Re: Clarification on Help file question: From: Peter Neilson

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