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From: Keith Instone <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 1999 20:28:59 -0500
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(This post was accidentally lost last week. Better late than never. - KEI)

| >And stick to the names: "SUBMIT" and "RESET". The following is the biggest
| >problem with web sites:
| >
| >(These might be synonymous to -- "SUBMIT", "RESET" -- but confuse the |
| >
| The last point is the one I disagree with the most. I personally never use
| "submit" in everyday conversations. I checked a dictionary (Webster) and it
| has the following 3 meanings: 1. yield, 2. refer to another, 3. propose.user
| >like hell --)

| One usability heuristic is "match between system and real world", i.e. speak
| the users' language. Maybe I am wrong, but I believe "submit" is a leftover
| term from the early days of computer science. So, do we stick to it because
| it's old?
| I prefer either "send" or, when appropriate, a context-specific solution,
| e.g. "get quote" if you filled out a form for a quote on a car.

Well, reset is a computer science term. But why do people on this thread think
that one can only use one word? That kind of verbal poverty is very much a
programmers affliction. Essentially programmers don't want to spend
time writing
out error or any other kind of message.

What is wrong with, as you point out, 'get quote', or 'send form', 'clear form'
for that matter? Nouns combined with verbs tend to generate more understandable
messages that verbs alone.


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