Re: Default

Subject: Re: Default
From: "Huber, Mike" <Mike -dot- Huber -at- SOFTWARE -dot- ROCKWELL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 1995 08:28:49 -0500

What about an ice cream cone - vanilla?
Sure, it's cryptic, but not as cryptic as a vanilla bean.

If I understand your description of the button, I would describe it
(informally) as "ignore the settings and do the vanilla version of the

This is extremely non-translatable, by the way. Most cultures
consider vanilla a particular flavor.

From: sherron[SMTP:sherron -at- HERRON -dot- CTEXT -dot- COM]
Sent: Tuesday, November 28, 1995 11:54 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list TEC
Subject: Default

For example:

>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
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
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
for the s/w context, though, and my brain turned to mush before I found

Any ideas:

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

I wonder if you have the option of putting an icon on the button, and a
up" label when the pointer "hovers?"

Scott Herron
Senior Documentation Specialist
CText, Inc.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
sherron -at- ctext -dot- com

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