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1) How can I make something up and be consistent with you and everyone else
making something up? As a writer, I'd be the last person to stifle
creativity. But as a technical writer I deal in facts.
2) If I was documenting an unnamed element of my company's software I would
have the right to stake my claim to creating a name for that element. But
we're talking here about an element of Microsoft Windows. It's up to the
good folks in Redmond to name elements of their products, not to li'l ole
3) We're also talking about applying a proper noun to this "popup," or
whatever it is. That's where I take exception to winging it. Sure, you have
to find some descriptor to use, but not a proper noun. I can quote either
David or Sean as "that guy on TECHWR-L" or by giving a proper attribution.
But if I quote either of them by referring to the name Tom, Dick, or Harry,
how is that meaningful to anyone--particularly to someone who prefers to use
Moe, Larry, or Curly?
So, like Sean, I'm sticking to my guns.
Just call us The Three Stooges of Alt-Tab! ;-)
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