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I prefer "dialogue-box" with a hyphen in the middle like that.  Ubuntu 
documentation team have decided that "dialogue box" is too technical and are 
replacing it with "window" [deep sigh][sulks].  So now their official 
documentation wont make any sense to anyone

I'm not sure that being consistent is so important.  I think "dialogue" (or the 
american "dialog") is only slightly ambiguous & adding "-box" only adds a little 
more clarity.

As long as we don't go the Ubuntu way then we should be ok.

Just my thoughts
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Sophie Gautier <>
Sent: Mon, 10 January, 2011 5:52:32
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-documentation] Dialog or dialog box?

Hi Hal,
On 10/01/2011 04:43, Hal Parker wrote:
Are we using the term "dialog" or "dialog box"? The OOo books vary in usage:
Getting Started and Calc (and maybe Draw; I didn't check) use "dialog" while
the Writer Guide uses "dialog box".

The LibreOffice options use the term "dialog" for some of the options. I
haven't checked the help, but I think it also uses "dialog".

If we settle on "dialog", I will amend the Writer Guide chapters as I go
through them doing other things.

FWIW, I personally prefer "dialog" but the important thing is to be
consistent, when we can. I suspect other variations in terminology in both
the program and the user guides, left over from OOo.

If you want to stay consistent with the help files content, then you should use 
[dialog] because this is what is used all over there.
May be we should find a way for you to use our translation memory or glossaries 
so you get the same words for the UI, the Help and your documentation? This is 
what we try to achieve with our translation tools. Or just let you research for 
the terms on Pootle would be enough, I don't know?

Kind regards
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