Good dialog, bad dialog

21 Nov 2012

A couple of dialog boxes I’ve encountered recently. One I liked (well done, Marketo), and one I didn’t (Microsoft).

I used the spelling “dialog box” deliberately. I would tend to use dialogue, except when talking about dialog boxes in a software context.

Here’s an interesting Google n-Gram showing the prevalence of related terms over the past century.

‘dialog’ vs ‘dialogue’ vs ‘dialog box’ vs ‘dialogue box’

Also pleased to see there is a StackExchange for English!

Tags: tool, software, opinion, spelling, grammar