Re: Logon/Log on

Subject: Re: Logon/Log on
From: "Williams, Diane (contractor)" <Williams_Diane -at- DOTE -dot- OSD -dot- MIL>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 12:49:46 -0400

>>I once worked with a corporate style guide that had three different uses of
the term in question:

1) log on
2) logon
3) log-on

Log on indicated an action; it was also sometimes used as "log onto."
Examples: "If you log onto a computer ..." or "Log on over there..."

Logon reflected the screen command, which at the time was a DOS prompt.
"Type in your name at logon." This was not necessarily a literal
to the screen, but was also used to reference time of day.

Log-on was used in such hackneyed constructions as "His log-on name is

Yeah, yeah. Dull message, I know. I can hear some of you sawing logs.

These ways to use "log on" are correct!

"To log on" is the verb form.
His "log-on" name is the adjective form, which may evolve into one word
His "logon" is Joe_Blow the noun form.


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