RE: Terminology help needed!

Subject: RE: Terminology help needed!
From: Jennifer Delmerico <jennifer -dot- delmerico -at- brokatfs -dot- com>
To: "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 1999 16:11:42 -0500

How about WindowTips? Or DialogTips? I like Help Hints, too.

-----Original Message-----
From: Kathi Jan Knill [mailto:Kathi -dot- Knill -at- template -dot- com]
Sent: Monday, December 20, 1999 12:26 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: RE: Terminology help needed!


I've always heard it called "bubble help."

Kathi Jan Knill
Sr. Technical Writer
Template Software
Kathi -dot- Knill -at- Template -dot- com
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-----Original Message-----
From: bounce-techwr-l-10443 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
[mailto:bounce-techwr-l-10443 -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com]On Behalf Of Beth Kane
Sent: Monday, December 20, 1999 12:12 PM
To: TECHWR-L
Subject: Terminology help needed!


Hello,
I posted this question to the list a couple weeks ago and received only
two
responses -- maybe because I posted it on a Friday afternoon. So I
figured
I'd try again.

I'd like to make sure we're using the correct term to refer to a feature
in
our interface.
Our applications have lots of "hover help," wherein holding your cursor
over
something causes a line of text to appear in a rectangular box,
explaining
that item. This help text disappears within about 3 seconds.

The previous writer of the docs I'm working on referred to it as
"fly-over
hints." I've heard others casually refer to it as "hover help." I've
also
heard this term: "Help hints." What is the proper term?

It can't be ToolTips, because it doesn't just describe toolbar buttons.
"ScreenTips"
was suggested by the MS manual of style. Using the word "screen" kind of
bothers
me, though, because that word went out with DOS (unless, of course,
you're
referring to the monitor's entire screen). MS says you shouldn't say
"hover."

Thanks in advance,

Beth Kane, Tucson
bethkane -at- tcisolutions -dot- com


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