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Terminology: Modes

Each product may offer various modes. It is important to distinguish between the various types of modes. It is equally important to use the same terminology in all our products and documentation.

Operational modes

An operational mode specifies a how the product works. Typical operational modes are Replay and Normal. Each operational mode is identified with a specific name.

Examples:

In order to start pinging, you must set the system to Normal mode.

Set the system to Test mode to do the offline tests.

Presentation modes

Most products will offer some kind of information to the user, and this information is presented in views. Different views may be organzied in specific presentation modes to provide different visual information. These modes may in some cases be related to the operational modes. Each presentation mode is identified with a specific name.

Example:

In order to see the map, choose the Geographical presentation mode.

User modes

Some products offer various degrees of complexity, and they may be set up for different user profiles. These are identified as user modes. User modes may in some cases be related to the operational modes. Each user mode is identified with a specific name.

Example:

To access the offline test utilities, switch to Expert mode.

Transmission modes

Some products - such as radars, echo sounders and sonars - transmit energy into air or water. In many cases, these transmissions can have various shapes and parameters. These are identified as transmission modes. Typical transmission modes are Active and Passive. Transmission modes may in some cases be related to the operational modes. Each transmission mode is identified with a specific name.

Example:

To start the 'pinging', switch to Active mode.

Other modes

Other products may offer other specialized modes related to functionality.



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  • Microsoft Style Guide, 4th Edition, Microsoft Press, Washington, 2012, ISBN 978-0-7356-4871-5
  • Chicago manual of Style, 16th Edition, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 2012, ISBN 978-0-226-10420-1

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