Re: Apply/update

Subject: Re: Apply/update
From: Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 1994 08:41:06 -0800

>He thought that "Reload" and "Apply" is no different from "Update" and "Apply."
>Any comments about this?

I can see his point. I think you are working in an area where any "obvious"
single-word description will have other connotations to some users. If your
usability tests showed confusion about "Update" and "Apply," your developer
has to accept that and look for a solution.

One solution is to keep the terms but set the context more clearly. Another
is to use wordier descriptions. Another is to devise a visual representation
that clarifies what's happening.

I hope this helps. ...RM

Richard Mateosian Technical Writer in Berkeley CA srm -at- c2 -dot- org

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