RE: log vs login

Subject: RE: log vs login
From: "Campbell, Art" <artc -at- northchurch -dot- net>
To: "'Katie Crowley Rosenberg'" <krosenbe -at- easysystemsinc -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 13:22:32 -0500

I think the developers are correct in this case. The "login" that they're
talking about is the name of the program that runs and allows you to work on
the system/network. You type your name and password at a prompt (OK, there
are probably exceptions) that submits the info to the login program.

A second disadvantage to using "log" as a noun related to the validation
process is that there is usually a log file generated by the login program.
If your audience is techy, particularly if they're system admins, you're
going to be creating sentences that are confusing or don't make sense.

Art

Art Campbell
Technical Publications
Newbridge Networks
Five Corporate Drive
Andover, MA 01810
978 691-6344


-----Original Message-----
From: Katie Crowley Rosenberg [mailto:krosenbe -at- easysystemsinc -dot- com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 11:08 AM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: log vs login


Okay, I know it's language use, but it's driving me crazy. Does everyone use
Login or Logon as the title of the Log In Screen?

The developers here argue that: 1) everyone does it and 2) if "set up" is
the verb and "setup" is the noun, then "log in" is the verb and "login" is
the noun.

My argument is that 1) multiple wrongs don't make a right and 2) "set up" is
the verb and "setup" is the noun, but "log in" is always a verb and "log" is
the noun.

It's a picayune point, but I'd sure like some backup. Does anybody out there
agree with me, or am I sailing solo here? Please respond to my e-mail
address and I'll gladly post a summary.

Katie Crowley Rosenberg
Techwriter
Easy Systems, Inc.
krosenbe -at- easysystemsinc -dot- com


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