Re: term "Wizard" in headings

Subject: Re: term "Wizard" in headings
From: Tom Johnson <johnsont -at- FREEWAY -dot- NET>
Date: Thu, 12 Mar 1998 11:12:13 -0500

I find it aggravating when a company stakes a claim on something in the
public domain. I'm surprised Microsoft hasn't copyrighted "Software." I
think I'll copyright "Truth." Hardly anybody uses it these days anyway.

Seriously, a couple solutions come to mind.
You could go for some unique capitalization yourself (WIZARD or WiZard or

Change the spelling to something like Whizard.

Come up with your own name like Genie or Setup Assistant or Pro. I kind of
like Virtuoso, Wiz or Whiz.

Go ahead and use one. I won't mind, I have Truth. Not much else matters.

Tom Johnson

"Truth" Copyright Tom Johnson, 1998
business johnsont -at- starcutter -dot- com
personal tjohnson -at- grandtraverse -dot- com

-----Original Message-----
Holly Turner [SMTP:hturner -at- ISS -dot- NET] wrote:

Hello all. I have read that Microsoft has copyrighted the word
"Wizard." However, a person can use "wizard" in lowercase without
infringing upon the copyright law.

What if my developers want to call a piece of software a "wizard," and
the title of the dialog box is in title caps? Similarly, what if I need
to use the name of the dialog box in a heading where I use title caps?
In both cases, we would capitalize the term "wizard." How does this


Holly Turner
Technical Writer

Internet Security Systems, Inc.
(770) 395-0150 / Fax (770) 395-1972

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