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Subject:RE: Menu bar or Menubar? From:"Doctor Heart" <lonestar -at- nesma -dot- net -dot- sa> To:<TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Sun, 19 Sep 1999 02:19:38 +0300
"You just brought me a chuckle. I work with an engineer with whom I would
discuss GUI issues, and the engineer's favorite line was, "Microsoft does it
this way." Finally, I got tired of that line and told him, "Yes, you're
right. If you look long enough through enough Microsoft applications,
documents, Web pages, etc., you'll eventually find something to match what
you're saying." He never pulled that line on me again.
I vote for toolbar, taskbar, and menu bar ala the Microsoft Manual of Style.
(There! I'm on topic! Phfew!)"
I was just jotting a note to Bonnie, when Brad's message came in. I'll tell
you I feel like the emperor in his "new" clothes.
I always wrote toolbar, taskbar, and menu bar until I received MS internal
docs that contained the terms tool bar, task bar, and menu bar...and replies
to my comments that these terms were correct. So being the intelligent,
self-correcting human being that I am, I recently changed to comport with
I took as a style change. Alas, it appears that it isn't.
But to be sure, I struck out into the MS cybersea tonight and lo
and behold they have these terms written as......you may have guessed:
tool bar, task bar,and menu bar! Then to be really scientific, I did a spell
check with the newest version of a MS product I loathe, and it corrected
bar" and "task bar."
So Bonnie and Brad, I'll vote with you. Besides, for some reason toolbar,
taskbar, and menu bar look technically aesthetic. :-)