Re: What do you call the Three Dots?

Subject: Re: What do you call the Three Dots?
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
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Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:03:21 -0400

Giving it an air of mystery akin to an intriguing novel...

*The Button of the Three Dots*


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On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Wright, Lynne <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- kronos -dot- com>
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> I know that the first time I was instructed to "select x from the More
> menu" I was lost, because I didn't know that the ellipses = More; I was
> looking for a menu labelled "More").
>
> So it depends on your audience: an ellipses is pretty standard in
> responsive apps, so calling it More is probably fine for a young audience
> used to doing everything on their cellphones. If your users may include
> people who aren't particularly app-savvy, you might want to say "Select x
> from the More (...) menu.
>
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> techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of
> Cardimon, Craig
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> Subject: RE: What do you call the Three Dots?
>
> So you would recommend calling it the More button, Al?
>
> That would separate the grammatical ellipsis from what happens when you
> click it: You get more to choose from.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com [mailto:
> techwr-l-bounces+ccardimon=m-s-g -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Al
> Geist
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 1:49 PM
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> Subject: RE: What do you call the Three Dots?
>
> I think you need to separate the symbol from the function. The three dots
> are called an "ellipsis" and they are often used to indicate there is more
> if you click the button (hence the More button).
>
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> Of Robert Lauriston
> Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 12:04 PM
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> Subject: Re: What do you call the Three Dots?
>
> If it has a tooltip, call it that. Otherwise, I'd use <b>...</b>. I don't
> think many people know the name of the punctuation mark.
>
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 8:26 AM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>
> wrote:
> > I used to call the three dots element the Ellipsis Button.
> >
> > However, I see other technical and UX writers are calling this element
> > the
> More Button.
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References:
What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Robert Lauriston
RE: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Al Geist
RE: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Cardimon, Craig
RE: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Wright, Lynne

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