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What do you folks make of the verb "select"?
It seems overused, to me. I found the following four
definitions in the Microsoft GUI Guide:
1. Mark data in the window for further manipulation.
Selected text or objects appear highlighted or outlined.
2. Open a drop-down menu.
[ What do you do once you have the menu? Do you select
there, also? ]
3. Click a drop-down arrow to open a list box.
4. Turn on an option button or check box in a dialog.
And then there's "choose", which is defined as "Choose
a menu command or command button". Are they talking
about drop-down menus here?
This is confusing to me -- especially #4 above.
I'd choose an option button (since option buttons generally come
in lists of two or more), and I'd toggle a check box (since check boxes
signify binary behavior) -- in neither case would I
What does everybody else out there use for mouse action
verbs? Or are you sticking with Microsoft's terminology?
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