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Judith McCrea wondered: <<I am documenting a Windows-based product
that uses multiple tabs. I strongly feel that the "tab" is the little
edge piece that sticks up (or out) letting you select a page of
information which is thus a "tabbed page". Microsoft refer to this
"tabbed page" as a "Tab" but that's a misuse of English. How do other
writers refer to these "pages"?>>
Unusually, I'm with Microsoft on this one: I call the page a "tab".
While I'll grant you that this is a neologism, it's an increasingly
accepted one, and I've seen it so often I have to believe it's long-
since become accepted usage in computer docs. If you want to quibble
over definitions, it's worth noting that this is a dialog box, not a
The simplest workaround if you really don't accept that logic? "Click
the Options tab to display the various settings (options) that you
can customize. On this page..." Revise as necessary according to the
context, but this lets you focus on the task (you have to click the
tab to display the options), while still using your preferred wording
(page) for the actual tabbed page.
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Geoff Hart ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca
(try geoffhart -at- mac -dot- com if you don't get a reply)