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Hi :)

Drop-down list is the usual form known out there but it is quite generic.  
People outside of LibreOffice do shorten it to "drop-down" fairly often but 
"drop-down list" is probably better for formal documentation, especially since 
it is already more widely used.

"Selection list", "selection menu" & "combo box" tend to be slightly more 
specific and are trying to make it sound more posh and high-class.  All these 
terms are  less likely to be understood and "combo-box" is definitely tooo geeky 
for most people.  However, they are legitimate as specific types of drop-downs 
so please lets not change them just to be consistent because that will probably 
detract from the perceived quality of our documentation.

I will try to get back to the documentation i edited yesterday to make 
"drop-down"s into "drop-down list"s.

Thanks for the feedback, thoughts and stats
Many regards from
Tom :)

From: Barbara Duprey <>
Sent: Sun, 16 January, 2011 19:31:15
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-documentation] Another grep - Drop-down

On 1/16/2011 12:05 PM, Sophie Gautier wrote:
Hi Barbara,

On 16/01/2011 20:37, Barbara Duprey wrote:
OK, which is used in the help -- drop-down, drop-down list, drop-down
menu, ?
- drop-down alone is not used
- drop-down menu is used twice
- drop-down icon is used once
- drop-down list(s) is used several times.

Kind regards

Thanks, Sophie! Hmm -- is there another term used instead? "Several" doesn't 
seem like enough to cover this, as often as such things are used. "Selection 
list" or "selection menu" maybe? Or "combo box" as it's called in the form 
control toolbar? A quick check showed that at least sometimes, there is no term 
used at all, just directions to "select the ..." without mentioning the control 
type. So maybe that should be preferred?

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