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Re: The Second Great Spelling Check (Re: Package descriptions and making them better)

On Fri, Nov 16, 2001 at 04:58:44PM -0800, Rick Younie wrote:

> diff -ru orig/rexxtk corrected/rexxtk
> --- orig/rexxtk Thu Nov 15 21:46:54 2001
> +++ corrected/rexxtk    Thu Nov 15 22:12:23 2001
> @@ -19,6 +19,6 @@
>   systems.
>   .
>   Nearly all Tk functions have been implemented and support has
> - been added for some third party widgets such as tree, combobox
> - and muliticolumn listboxes.
> + been added for some third party widgets such as tree, combo box
> + and multicolumn list boxes.
> combobox and listbox are the proper names of the Tk widgets so
> this would appear to be correct usage.  I'll listen to arguments
> but you'll have a lot of doc and FAQ authors to convince as well.

If it did't appear in any dictionary or wordlist (even a technical one), and
could be expressed with precisely the same meaning using existing words, I
split it.  "combo box" and "list box" fit those criteria.  Just because the
API calls happen to be combined into single words (as is often the case, due
to the nature of identifiers in C and other languages), this doesn't mean
that your description must use those same abbreviations.

 - mdz

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