RE: What do you call the Three Dots?

Subject: RE: What do you call the Three Dots?
From: "Cardimon, Craig" <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>
To: "'al -at- geistarts -dot- com'" <al -at- geistarts -dot- com>, 'Robert Lauriston' <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:47:57 +0000

Calling it the "three-dot 'more' button" would be accurate. It looks like three dots and gives you more functions to choose from.

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From: Al Geist [mailto:al -at- geistarts -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 2:50 PM
To: Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com>; 'Robert Lauriston' <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>; 'TECHWR-L Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Subject: RE: What do you call the Three Dots?

It that is the function (what the button is called)....yep. If you have an ellipsis button, a more button and so one, then that changes everything.
Identify it for what it does the first instance and be consistent from the on....... I'm retired now, but back when I ran a pubs department that was our strategy. It reduced confusion; however, most of our manuals described complex hardware systems and the software that ran it. We were the leaders in that industry, so we could make the rules.

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-----Original Message-----
From: Cardimon, Craig [mailto:ccardimon -at- M-S-G -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 1:54 PM
To: 'al -at- geistarts -dot- com'; 'Robert Lauriston'; 'TECHWR-L Writing'
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.

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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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From: techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
[mailto:techwr-l-bounces+al=geistarts -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com] On Behalf Of Robert Lauriston
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2017 12:04 PM
To: TECHWR-L Writing
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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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: Al Geist

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