Re: GUI questions

Subject: Re: GUI questions
From: Melissa Fisher <mfisher -at- MOBSEC -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 1998 16:28:05 -0500

Hi Jill,

FWIW, here is what I would do...

1(a) Assuming that your window has a title, I would call it the BlahBlah
window. For instance, "You can view the settings on the BlahBlah
window. To change these settings, click the Blah-Edit Blah menu option.
The BlahBlah dialog box appears." (And yes, I do use "appears," but
that's a different topic. :-)

If your window does not have a title, then I would reference it
according to the command or option used to display the window. For
instance, "When you click the BlahBlah button, a window appears showing
the current settings." This may not cover all your possible which case, I would probably stick to "information
window". Just remember if you use a generic phrase like this, to be

1(b) I don't have a problem with "field," but I may try writing around
such a label altogether, especially if you are showing a screen shot in
the doc. For example, "The blah-blah dialog shows the Connection
options installed on your system." If it is not obvious in the program
that a field is not editable, (most often non-editable fields are
grayed-out or shaded or simply not accessible) then state this
explicitly: "The Humbug field cannot be changed."

2. Since I've also seen a right-click or pop-up menu referred to as a
context menu, I'd try to eliminate the potential for ambiguity as much
as possible. Maybe I go about this the long and hard way, but I'm most
likely to use a phrase like "Click the right mouse button to display the
pop-up editing menu" or "Click the right mouse button to display the
context menu" or "Right-click the yakety-smakety option to display the
pop-up menu."

Melissa Fisher
mfisher -at- mobsec -dot- com

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