Enter vs. Type

Subject: Enter vs. Type
From: Stuart Burnfield <slb -at- FS -dot- COM -dot- AU>
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 08:16:14 +0800

Scott Herron (sherron -at- HERRON -dot- CTEXT -dot- COM) said:

> - We TYPE text. "Enter" is the name of a key.

To me, 'Enter' is a useful shorthand for "type the letters then press
Enter". I find this a useful distinction, as in many data entry forms
typing and entering do different things. In a picking list, typing a
letter often skips to the first line starting with that letter. In a
"yes|no" field, typing n then y toggles beteen the two values.

In a text field, pressing Enter signifies that no more typing will be
done here; run the edit checks and move me to the next field, please.

Stuart Burnfield (slb -at- fs -dot- com -dot- au) Voice: +61 9 328 8288
Functional Software Fax: +61 9 328 8616
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