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comment Is there a specific word for “goes without being said”?
@Jay it goes without being said that what you are saying is true. (Sorry, couldn't resist.) Like any instance of an idiom, it would need to be evaluated to see if it means something more. Another example would be when this expression is used for a widely held believe that isn't true or is half true (e.g. "Everyone knows that Pluto is the 9th planet in the Solar System")
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answered Is there a specific word for “goes without being said”?
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answered Do you “hit” or “press” a button?
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asked How to refer to a split button in instructions?
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asked Is there an equivalent to the word sibling for a parent-child relationship?
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revised Is “data” considered singular or plural?
expanded AHDEL abbreviation
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comment Is “data” considered singular or plural?
@bib That actually seems like an argument for the colloquial. If you use the formal consistently, "the data are contradictory" is ambiguous, meaning it could refer to 2 data sets that aren't in agreement or one data set that doesn't agree with itself (meaning its validity should be questioned). If using the mass noun in other places, this distinction is more obvious when you later use "data are".
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comment Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation
In consultation with others writers in the office, we landed on "preset". This seemed to be the easiest to understand on its own.
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accepted Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation
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comment Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation
The issue that caused me to post this question was related to documentation for laboratory software. Users have to enter to samples under specific "projects". Some of these projects are part of the application and can be used but not modified.
Apr
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comment Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation
Preset is close but it doesn't convey the fact that in this case the user can't modify the object. Fixed is more accurate, but might not make immediate sense to some users (e.g. "fixed template? As opposed to a broken one?") Preset/fixed is what I want to convey, but using the slash feels sloppy.