Re: Close vs Exit

Subject: Re: Close vs Exit
From: Edie Quiroz <quiroz1 -at- HOTCOCO -dot- INFI -dot- NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 14:46:26 -0800

How about telling him that you *Close* a web browser, but you *Exit* an
application. You can't really exit a web browser, hence (perhaps) MS's
inconsistent usage. (Though you can conceivably close an application...)

Good luck!

Edie Quiroz

Michael Clark wrote:
> The MS style guide says that you should use "Exit" as the command to
> quit a program, and "close" when talking about a vanilla window. This
> is logical to me, and is consistent with Wordpad, Word, Excel, Outlook
> Express, etc.
> Explorer uses "Close". Will someone please explain this to me?
> I'm trying to get my head developer to use "Exit", like 95% of the
> rest of the programs out there, but he wants to use "Close" because
> Explorer--the ONE inconsistent Microsoft program--uses it. I've
> already pointed out that "Exit" is more popular, more logical, and the
> actual MS guideline, but he's still not convinced. I need another
> angle.
> Pre-thanks,
> Mike

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