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Sender: "ACM SIGCHI WWW Human Factors (Open Discussion)" <[log in to unmask]>
From: "Parks, Beverly" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 1999 14:41:55 -0700
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Yes, I know the underline or underscore tag is a BAD, BAD thing. However,
there is a valid use for it that maybe wasn't considered when the decision
was made to axe it. I'm using it right now, underlining things like crazy.
What, you ask, could the ostracized underline tag possibly be good for? The
answer is software instruction manuals. Look at all those menu options along
the top of the window in the program you are using right now. Every one has
one letter in it that is underlined. That underline indicates the keyboard
shortcut for the menu item. It's also used on buttons, such as Save and
Close and Cancel. How can I write Web-based software instructions without
the underline tag? Should I just forget about documenting keyboard
shortcuts? (Rhetorical questions)

Bev Parks
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