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Subject:Default From:Scott Herron <sherron -at- HERRON -dot- CTEXT -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 28 Nov 1995 11:39:57 EST
>From: Gretchen Toth <glt -at- ICONOVEX -dot- COM>
>Anybody got an idea for a picture to use as a DEFAULT
>button on toolbar? Anybody using a 'default' like
>button on a toolbar?
I wish I had an answer for you. Instead, I have a question. Why is this called
a "default?" Near as I've been able to determine, the computer software
business is the only context where "default" means "what you get if you don't
select anything else." Usually it means "You didnt do what you're supposed to,
so you lose, sucker."
A couple years ago I spent a lot of time trying to think of an alternative term
for the s/w context, though, and my brain turned to mush before I found one
0 Why "default?"
1 What else could I use?
>Yes, I could just use the text 'default,' but the
>other buttons are all symbols or pics.
I'd use the text. I hate icons. Just the same, I'd like to see your results.
I wonder if you have the option of putting an icon on the button, and a "pop
up" label when the pointer "hovers?"
Senior Documentation Specialist
Ann Arbor, Michigan
sherron -at- ctext -dot- com