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Good points, Cristobal and Aras. I was web-focused, not considering the
peripheral use cases. Stephanie's comment makes me think that it's time for
a new model. Hmmm...

~N~

On Thu, Aug 21, 2008 at 9:11 AM, Aras Kannu <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I like Nicole's guidelines below.
>
> In addition, you could also consider whether the TO & FROM are primarily
> software (from Outlook to Excel or vice versa) OR if one of them acts
> primarily like a server/storage/host (download from sun.com, upload to
> picassa). In the case of upload/download, it is usually across the
> internet or a cable in the case of camera to computer.
>
> - aras
>
> Aras Kannu| Principal Architect, User Experience | Infor | office:
> 678-319-8983 | [log in to unmask]
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion)
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Nicole Maron
> Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 8:01 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Export vs. download and import vs. upload
>
> I'd say that exporting/importing generally refers to a change in file
> format
> from/to an application, or the movement of data in or out of an
> application
> for the purposes of manipulation in some other way. I.E., you export
> your
> contact list from your webmail into a .csv file so you can import it
> into
> your mail application.
>
> Uploading/downloading implies that the thing remains a discrete object
> in
> its original form. E.g. you download an add-on to be used as intended,
> or yu
> upload an image to be viewed by others in it's original form
>
> Does that help?
>
> ~N~
>
> Nicole Maron
> Maron UX Consulting
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2008 at 8:40 AM, Laurie Roshak <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>
> > Are there any guidelines on when to use export vs. download for a
> button
> > label in a Web application? How about import vs. upload?
> >
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