Re: log vs login

Subject: Re: log vs login
From: "Jane Bergen" <jbergen1 -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Katie Crowley Rosenberg" <krosenbe -at- easysystemsinc -dot- com>, "Techwr-L List" <TECHWR-L -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 23:19:52 -0600

Sorry, Katie, but you lose here. Login and Logout are commonly
recognized as the names of the dialogs (not "screens" --- "screen" is
the entire visible area of your monitor! You clean your monitor
"screen") for logging in and logging out. The developers are correct
that you use a "login" (used as a noun or adjective) dialog to "log
in" (two words when used as a verb) to the application. I'm really
impressed....most developers use "login" and "logout" for noun,
adjective, AND verb.

To use the word "log" by itself is not meaningful in the context of
accessing computers or networks. You will see the use of "log" in the
context of recording, as when your computer writes events to a "log"
(often a text file) or when your computer "logs" errors to a file.

Hope that helps.

Jane Bergen

----- Original Message -----
From: Katie Crowley Rosenberg <krosenbe -at- easysystemsinc -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 1999 10:08 AM
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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