Re: Terminology for web page elements

Subject: Re: Terminology for web page elements
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: dodd -at- teleport -dot- com
Date: Sat, 19 Aug 2006 11:50:38 +0530

On 8/18/06, dodd -at- teleport -dot- com <dodd -at- teleport -dot- com> wrote:

Hi, all:

I looked through the archives and Google, and didn't find what I was
hoping for, so I thought I'd check in with you .

I'm looking for a resource that shows the names of typical web page
elements. I'm looking for names that I can use for end-user instructions.
I've got the MS Manual of Style, ed. 3, and it has two screen shots that
very cursorarily label web page elements. I was hoping to find something
more comprehensive.

For example, I may need to tell them to click a certain button in a
certain section of the page, but I don't want to say "Click the Send button
in the left hand corner on the bottom of the page." -- too wordy.

I work for a large company where there is no style guide on this matter.

I agree with Maggie. Recently, when we had to write a manual for a B2B
website, we took screenshots of each page, identified single elements
(buttons, text fields) with numbers-in-circles, and areas with a rectangle
with dashed borders, with a number at one of the upper corners of the

A nice example of using numbers to label parts of an image : (I quite like their
orange circles).

So, if you're explaining multiple parts of a page/screen, this ought to work
pretty well. "A picture is worth a thousand words" may be a hoary old
saying, but it still makes sense.

Hope this helps..

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