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Re: toolbar conventions

From: Richard M. Stallman
Subject: Re: toolbar conventions
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 14:40:49 -0500

    By the way, I checked both the O'Reilly style guide and the Microsoft
    style guide and both agreed on "menu bar" and "toolbar." Given that
    technical terms go from two words, to a hyphenated form, to a single
    word, it's likely that's what we're seeing here.

Menu bars are older than tool bars, so if it were simply a natural
progression, it is peculiar that it has proceeded faster for
tool bars than for menu bars.

    Given that, should we be using "toolbar" in both text and code in
    anticipation of a future renaming of tool-bar to toolbar?

I tend to think we should treat the two alike.  But there is no rush
to change this; let's leave it alone, for now.

Does anyone have any ideas on the issue of how to use the term
"option"?  That issue is more important--it is not just an issue of
punctuation, it is inconsistent use of a word.  Would someone like to
study the situation and find out which uses occur where?

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