Correct usage of the words Login/Log in/Logon and User name/Username/User Name

Correct usage of the words Login/Log in/Logon and User name/Username/User Name

Post by Terry Simp » Mon, 30 Jun 2003 06:59:34



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The relevant section reads:
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log on to, log off from, logon (adj)
Use log on to to refer to connecting to a network and log off from (or
simply log off) to refer to disconnecting from a network. Do not use log in,
login, log onto, log off of, logout, sign off, or sign on. An exception is
when other terms are dictated by the interface.

Use logon only as an adjective, as in "logon password," not as a noun.

Correct
You are prompted for your password while logging on.
Reconnect when you log on to the network.
Some networks support this logon feature.
Remember to log off from the network.

Incorrect
You are prompted for your password during logon.
Log in before you start Windows.
Remember to log off of the network.
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At least some versions of Microsoft Windows appear to follow this style.



However,that reference reads:
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log in (verb)
Definition: To supply a username and password to gain access to a session.
Usage: Normal text rules.
Tags: Prose tag rules.
Example: You can select to display a splash screen when you log in.
Note 1: You log in to a session, not your workstation, system, or workspace.
Note 2: Use log in rather than log on.

login (noun, adjective)
Definition: The process of gaining access to a session.
Usage: Normal text rules.
Tags: Prose tag rules.
Example 1: (noun) Select this option to display a splash screen on login.
Example 2: (adjective) The Options menu lists your login options.

log out (verb)
Definition: To terminate a session.
Usage: Normal text rules.
Tags: Prose tag rules.
Example: To log out of your session or shut down your system, click on the
Log Out button.
Note 1: You log out of a session, not your workstation, system, or
workspace.
Note 2: Use log out rather than log off.

logout (noun, adjective)
Definition: The process of terminating a session.
Usage: Normal text rules.
Tags: Prose tag rules.
Example 1: (noun) Select this option to display a confirmation dialog on
logout.
Example 2: (adjective) Use the Sessions preference tool to specify logout
behavior.
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As far as 'user name' and 'username' are concerned, you will have to look up
what it says for yourself. However, I would say that this question has a
fairly logical answer. The 'username' and the 'user name' are two different
things. Most systems (e.g. email) need a 'username' to ensure that identity
is unique. It is essentially a technical requirement. The 'user name' is a
text label that makes the system more human. It need not exist, and if it
does, it need not be unique. John Doe can be the 'user name' for many users
but only one of them has the 'username' johndoe19.


Thanks very much for pointing out the good sources. The subtle Irn Bru
reference made me smile too.