The error message for a computer dialogue box reads as follows:
- Either latitude or longitude need to be provided!
(mistakenly using the incorrect need in the plural for singular needs)
Does this insinuate that only one of the two fields latitude and longitude should be provided?
After reading Use of "Or", inclusive or exclusive? I conclude the text is ambiguous. However it is a error message which should be brief, but still reasonable precise.
So, if the message insinuates that only one of the fields is allowed to be provided, then that's not what I want to say! The long form of what I want to say is
- Either the latitude or the longitude, or both, must be provided!
But this feels unnecessarily long. So I am looking for wording in this case of a brief error message which conveys this meaning.
This error message is used in a situation where a search for some proprietary locations names is initiated. And this works the following way:
- If latitude and longitude are provided, a search for a specific location name is initiated.
- If latitude alone is provided, a search for all locations with that latitude (and any longitude) is initiated.
- For longitude only, it's vice versa: a specific longitude but any latitude.