RE: Using exclamation marks

Subject: RE: Using exclamation marks
From: "Phil Saum (UK)" <phils -at- eu -dot- citrix -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 16:30:26 -0000

I agree 100%. I use a database within which all of the error message a
followed by exclamation marks. I find it really insulting. It is as if the
machine is saying
'Don't do that idiot!'

Phil Saum
Technical Writer

CiTR!X Systems

http://www.eu.citrix.com




-----Original Message-----
From: Backer, Corinne [mailto:CBacker -at- glhec -dot- org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 1999 4:12 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Using exclamation marks


My company just switched to WebShadow, a time and resource tracking package.


ALL of its pop up messages (errors, confirmations, etc.) are followed by
exclamation points. "Select a specific date for entry!" "This record has
been locked! No changes can be made!"

By the time I'm done entering my time, I feel like I've been yelled at for
20 minutes straight. Not real relaxing.

I sure wish whoever wrote the interface had been following this thread. :)

CB

-----Original Message-----
From: Ronica Roth [mailto:rroth -at- exactis -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, November 15, 1999 7:35 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Using exclamation marks


Consider, too, how excited your "speaker"--in this case the
application--should be about the message. On one of my computers, every time
I boot up I get a message from my BIOS saying something like, "<brandname>
<version> BIOS successfully loaded!" I always find it rather disturbing that
it is so surprised at its own success. ;-)

Ronica Roth
Technical Writer
Exactis.com, Inc.
rroth -at- exactis -dot- com
303.675.5857


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