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: 'Robert Lauriston' <robert -at- lauriston -dot- com>, 'TECHWR-L Writing' <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:53:51 +0000

Next thing is, you'll be telling me no one knows what the pound sign is. Sigh.

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Subject: Re: What do you call the Three Dots?

Yeah, I don't understand why anyone would not use the self-explanatory button label. In my experience, most people don't know what "ellipsis"
means. Even fewer than know "asterisk."

On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 1:17 PM, Daniel Friedman <daniel -dot- friedman42 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> Since the button can be represented in text, why not call it the *...*
> button? To me it is always more intuitive to identify buttons by the
> visual appearance rather than giving them some other name. On top of
> that, the alternate name will not show up in the software on
> screenreaders if it is not part of a tooltip or alt.
>
> On a lighter note, in developer circles, any button from a combination
> of dots or lines has a food name. According to this, you could also go
> with calling it the Meatballs button:
> http://image.slidesharecdn.com/lukasz-przywarty-productcamp-2015-15053
> 0064210-lva1-app6891/95/hamburgerless-on-creative-mobile-navigation-16
> -638.jpg
>
>
> On Mon, Oct 16, 2017 at 4:05 PM, Marguerite Krupp
> <mkrupp128 -at- gmail -dot- com>
> wrote:
>
>> If youâre writing across platforms, Iâd stick with âEllipsisâ. Itâs
>> more commonly understood, and âMoreâ can also refer to the selection
>> menu you get on a right-click of the mouse. This will probably change
>> as interfaces evolve, but for now, the former is a safe choice. If
>> your stuff is translated, you might check with your translation
>> agency to see whatâs universally understood.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Oct 16, 2017, at 11:26 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.
>> >
>> > How say you?
>> >
>> > Cordially,
>> > Craig Cardimon
>> > Senior Technical Writer
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References:
What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Cardimon, Craig
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Marguerite Krupp
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Daniel Friedman
Re: What do you call the Three Dots?: From: Robert Lauriston

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