Re: Dialog Box Question

Subject: Re: Dialog Box Question
From: Chuck <writer -at- best -dot- com>
To: techwr-l
Date: Fri, 03 Sep 1999 09:45:39 -0700

It's just an edit box and not a spinbox with a default value? The latter
is more useful--and clearer--design.

If it's a Windows product, the correct terminology for checkboxes is
"select" and "clear."

If there is no other label, I'd probably summarize the line as
unambiguously as possible, perhaps something like this:

"Select the list rows of links checkbox and choose how many links a row
must have before it is listed."

"Duerfeldt, Mark" wrote:
> I have a dialog that includes a row that begins with a checkbox, followed by
> text, and has an edit box in the middle. It reads as follows:
> [checkbox] List Rows with [edit box] or Greater Links
> How do you reference the edit box portion in your sentence? For example, do
> I say "Check the List Rows with X or Greater Links..."?
> Just curious how others are handling this (or if there's a correct way of
> handling this---sorry if this has been hashed out before).

"Online help should ignore first-time users and concentrate
on those people who are already successful using the
product, but who want to expand their horizons."
- Alan Cooper
"About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design"

Chuck Martin


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