Re: What would you call this?

Subject: Re: What would you call this?
From: "Bonnie Granat" <bgranat -at- lynx -dot- dac -dot- neu -dot- edu>
To: "Angela Hill" <ahill -at- wwg -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Nov 1999 21:41:16 -0500

You can avoid the question altogether and do the user a favor at the same
time. Say "Click Gizmo at the bottom of the window." and be done with it.
What happens after clicking Gizmo? Does a Gizmo "page" appear?

-----Original Message-----
From: Angela Hill <ahill -at- wwg -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Monday, November 01, 1999 6:27 PM
Subject: What would you call this?

>I'm writing a user's guide and online help for a Windows application. On
>the left of the application window there are seven buttons, each of which
>corresponds to a "major functional area". At the bottom of the application
>window are several tabs. The names and functions of the available tabs
>changes depending on which major functional area is active. At any given
>time, the user can see one tab of one major functional area (no more). The
>"tabs" aren't standard Windows tabs so I hesitate to refer to them that
>they just look kind of like tabs.
>My question: what do I call these? I've just been using "area" and "tab"
>temporarily. I can't think of an application that has exactly the same
>structure so I can't compare it to anything directly.
>Any thoughts?
>Angela Hill
>The Windward Group
>ahill -at- wwg -dot- com
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