Re: Terminology for Windows 95/MS Office 97

Subject: Re: Terminology for Windows 95/MS Office 97
From: Earl Morton <WorkgWords -at- AOL -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 1997 20:07:58 -0400

Hi, Steve!

What you're looking for is the _Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical
Publications_. It is published by Microsoft Press (ISBN 1-55615-939-0), and
is easily available in the US. (Any bookstore with a fair selection of
technical books should have it.) Sorry, I can't speak to other parts of the

A word of caution: do what they say, and not what they do. There are numerous
places where they do not follow their own advice, neither in their product
documentation, nor even within this book.

I would also take their advice as just that: advice. I believe this book
represents what they have decided to do for their own documentation, but it
is not gospel truth for the industry. I don't believe they have always made
the best choice, so I don't follow them religiously.

Hope this helps!

Earl Morton
WorkgWords -at- aol -dot- com

In a message dated 97-04-26 17:07:12 EDT, you write:

> I would like to find a reference that gives the terminology for all the
> components of the user interface for Windows 95/97 applications. I suppose

> this
> means that I am looking at an "official" Microsoft publication. Similarly,
> am
> looking for a publication that makes recommendations for the words to use
> when
> describing user actions (selecting, choosing, pointing, clicking, etc.) in
> procedures for Windows 95/97 programs.
> Does anyone know of any suitable books, articles, or (preferable) Web
> sources.
> Thank, Steve
> Andersen Consulting Technology Park, Sophia Antipolis, France

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