Re: Populate as a verb for "to fill in"

Subject: Re: Populate as a verb for "to fill in"
From: Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 1995 22:42:09 -0700

This looks like a perfect example of the importance of knowing your
audience.

Doug wrote:

> So, if the audience is people who routinely work with rows and columns and
> primary keys and SQL and such, I would stick with "populate" to show that
> I understood the correct technical terminology. If the audience is people
> who are normally shielded from all the details by icons and entry boxes and
> such, I would probably say "fill" or "type." I'd avoid "enter" unless I
> really wanted the user to press the <ENTER> or <RETURN> key at the end of
> the process. Many long-service data entry folk had the distinction
> between "enter" and "type" drummed into them for years, and old habits
> die hard.

> Skoal,

> Doug "Praise not the day until evening has
> ENGSTROMDD -at- phibred -dot- com come; a woman until she is burnt; a
> a sword until it has been tried; a
> maiden until she is married; ice
> until it has been crossed; beer until
> it has been drunk."

> --Viking Proverb

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> coincidentally related to those of Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.
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