CD-ROM terminology or "are we still inserting?"

Subject: CD-ROM terminology or "are we still inserting?"
From: Darren Barefoot <dbarefoot -at- MPS-CANADA -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 10:20:02 -0800

Good morning,

A colleague and I have recently been discussing the use of the term "insert"
and how it does or does not accurately represent the action involved in
using a CD-ROM. Our current install instructions might begin like this:

1. Insert the Splendiferous CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive.

"Insert" is kind of a misnomer, as most CD-ROM drives that I've seen are
actually trays which we "place" the CD into. While admittedly my dictionary
describes insert as "To put or set into, between, or among" I think the
general public has a narrower understanding of the term--see also ATM
machines. Any thoughts on alternatives? DB.


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