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June 2, 2005 06:16 PM

Broken: Form instructions

OfficeThanks to Jim Hutchins: what's wrong with the instructions on this page?

[Small, I know, but easily corrected. -mh]


Maybe they don't consider 'to' to be a word, but if so, it would be nice if they were more explicit about that. That just goes to show how hard it is to write a clear, descriptive title in only four words (at least for me).

Posted by: Rana at June 2, 2005 06:53 PM

It reminds me of another microsoft limitation...

Quick... What's your filename? (8 letters or less)

At least macs let you have 31 characters and XP no longer does this.

Posted by: engunneer at June 2, 2005 07:54 PM


Posted by: one who is greater than thou at June 2, 2005 08:02 PM

The Mac doesn't have a 31 character file limit anymore. That was in the old days.

Posted by: Jonathan Johnson at June 2, 2005 09:10 PM

I actually find this pretty funny

someone should ask them why the novice user only gets 4 words but the professionals get more

Posted by: kent at June 2, 2005 11:11 PM

yeah I had the same issue with a tech support form, can't rember what site where they ask you to sum up your problem in just a few words, its so pointless.

Posted by: Vic at June 3, 2005 12:02 AM

engunneer: Windows has allowed 250 or so characters in file names for nearly 10 years now.

Posted by: josh at June 3, 2005 12:30 AM

>What's your filename? (8 letters or less)

Um, 8-dot-3 went the way of the dodo back in 1995, dude.

Posted by: Jacques Troux at June 3, 2005 02:32 AM

Ja, i think they just didn't count 'To' for some reason. But yeah, that is broken, and yeah, it's easily fixed.

Posted by: Bob at June 3, 2005 08:54 AM

Not to mention that it should be "Four words or FEWER". :) But that's just my personal grammar peeve.

Posted by: Mary at June 3, 2005 09:08 AM

What's a word or two among friends?

Posted by: Henry at June 3, 2005 12:45 PM

what's a word or *to* among friends?

is 'or less' one of those oft-forgotten grammar rules that nobody cares about except retired english teachers?

Posted by: Bob at June 3, 2005 02:22 PM

When to use less and when to use fewer? There’s an easy way to remember. If you can’t count it, use less. If you can count it, use fewer.

• Cain has less love in his heart than anyone else I know.

• Cain gives fewer hugs than anyone else I know.

You can’t count love, but you can count hugs.

Posted by: Joshua Wood at June 3, 2005 03:42 PM

What's wrong? For the title, it says "to put in four words or less." The example shown had five words! HAHAHAHA!

Posted by: Seth Nelson at June 3, 2005 05:23 PM

Lets write this in 4 words, THAT IS BY FAR BROKEN.

Posted by: sfdjh at June 4, 2005 08:13 AM


Posted by: Bob at June 4, 2005 09:30 PM

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