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dash dash

Don’t use dash to refer to a hyphen.

For more information, see Dashes and Hyphens.

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data data

Use data as both a singular and plural noun. Don’t use datum.

Always use data with a singular verb.

Examples

Warning: Not recommended: The data are invalid.


Tip: Recommended: The data is invalid.

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dataset dataset

One word. Not data set or data-set.

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data source data source

Two words. Not datasource or data-source.

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data type data type

Two words. Not datatype or data-type.

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debug debug

Use only in the context of software development. Don’t use as a synonym for troubleshoot.

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deactivate deactivate

Avoid using. Instead, use turn off.

See also turn on, turn off.

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decrement decrement

As a verb, use decrement to refer to decreasing an integer count by one. Don’t use as a synonym for decrease.

OK to use in developer documentation and for a technical audience.

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default default

It’s OK to use default to describe standard settings or specifications.

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degree degree

See degree sign.

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dehighlight dehighlight

Don’t use. Instead, rephrase the sentence or use a contextually relevant term such as clear.

See also clear.

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deprecate, deprecated deprecate, deprecated

Use deprecate or deprecated to describe a product, a service, or a feature that would be or is unavailable or unsupported.

OK to use in developer documentation and for a technical audience. Instead, use obsolete or a contextually relevant term for a general audience.

Don’t use deprecated to mean removed, deleted, shut down, or turned down.

See also obsolete.

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delete delete

Use as a verb to describe removing a file, folder, or other content.

Don’t use delete as a synonym for remove. Don’t use cut or erase* as a synonym for delete.

See also cut, cut-paste, remove.

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depress depress

Don’t use. Instead, use press.

For more information, see Interaction verbs.

See also press, press and hold.

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deselect deselect

Don’t use. Instead, use clear for checkboxes and cancel the selection for other UI elements.

Don’t use uncheck, unselect, unhighlight, or dehighlight as a synonym for deselect.

See also clear.

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desire, desired desire, desired

Don’t use. Instead, use want or need.

Examples

Warning: Not recommended: If you desire to change the color of the menu, go to Appearance.


Tip: Recommended: If you want to change the color of the menu, go to Appearance.

See also need, want.

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desktop desktop

Don’t use as a noun to refer to a computer. Instead, use computer, device, or a contextually accurate term.

See also computer, device.

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destination destination

Use a more contextually accurate term such as the folder name, instead of destination. Use destination as a modifier only if necessary for clarity.

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device device

Use to generically refer to all types of computers, phones, and other hardware devices.

Use a more accurate term such as mobile phone or computer whenever possible.

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dialog dialog

In general, emphasize on the task to be accomplished, rather than how the user should interact with the UI element. Refer to a dialog box by its label. If you have to use a descriptor, use dialog or dialog box.

Use dialog, not dialogue. Use dialogue only for verbal interaction between people.

For more information, see Window, page, dialog, and view.

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different different

Don’t use to mean various, many, or multiple.

It’s OK to use difference in comparisons. Use different than only when than is followed by a clause.

Don’t use different to.

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direction keys, directional keys direction keys, directional keys

Don’t use direction keys or directional keys. Instead, use arrow keys.

See also arrow keys.

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directory directory

In general, use folder instead of directory. It’s OK to use directory for consistency, such as when your IDE or command-line uses it.

See also folder.

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dimmed dimmed

Use to describe a UI element such as a menu item, dropdown list option, or button that the user can’t interact with due to certain conditions.

In general, describe how the user should interact with the UI rather than describing the state of the UI. Use appears dimmed for describing its appearance. Also include how the user can enable it and interact with the element.

See also disable, disabled, shaded, unavailable.

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disable, disabled disable, disabled

It’s OK to use disable as a verb in developer documentation and for a technical audience, to mean making a function or feature inactive. Use disabled for such functions and features. Avoid using in user documentation and for a general audience.

Don’t use disabled to refer to UI elements, functions, or features that are turned off or unavailable. Instead, use a more accurate term such as turned off, inactive, or unavailable.

Don’t use disabled to refer to people with disabilities. For more information, see Accessibility and disability.

See also enable, enabled, dimmed, shaded, inactive, turned off, unavailable.

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disc disc

Use disc or optical disc to refer to optical storage media such as CDs or DVDs.

For magnetic storage media such as hard disks, use disk.

See also disk, drive.

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disk disk

Use to refer to magnetic storage media such as hard disks.

It’s OK to use disk to generically refer to other types of computer storage such as flash storage and solid-state drives. For example, terms like disk image and disk partition are used in the general sense without considering the type of storage.

Instead of disk, you can also use a more general term, such as computer or storage space.

For optical storage media such as CDs or DVDs, use disc.

See also disc, drive.

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display display

Don’t use as an intransitive verb. Display is a transitive verb; therefore it requires an object.

Examples

Warning: Not recommended: The dropdown menu displays.


Tip: Recommended: The dropdown menu is displayed.


Tip: Recommended: The dropdown menu appears.

Use display as a general term as a noun, to refer to any visual output device such as a monitor or a built-in display on most devices. Don’t use display when you mean desktop or screen. Use screen to distinguish the usable portion of the display from its edges.

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display adapter, display driver display adapter, display driver

Don’t use. Instead, use video card and video driver.

See also video card, video driver.

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DNS DNS

Acronym for Domain Name System. Use uppercase.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

See also DNSSEC.

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DNSSEC DNSSEC

Acronym for Domain Name System Security Extensions. Use uppercase.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

See also DNS.

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document, documentation document, documentation

Use document to refer to any editable file such as a text file or a Word file. Use a contextually relevant term such as presentation or sheet whenever possible.

For more information, see Referring to files.

Use in this document while referencing in a particular document. Avoid using in this article or in this topic.

Examples

Warning: Not recommended: This article lists all the available WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ commands.


Warning: Not recommended: This topic lists all the available WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ commands.


Tip: Recommended: This document lists all the available WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ commands.

Use file for general uses such as file management or file structure.

See also file.

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DOM DOM

Acronym for Document Object Model. Use uppercase.

For more information about spelling out abbreviations, see Abbreviations.

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domain domain

In general, domain has multiple meanings, such as in internet addresses and databases. Specify the meaning of domain on the first use.

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double- double-

In general, hyphenate compound adjectives beginning with double- such as double-layer and double-sided, unless double- is followed by a proper noun or it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion.

For more information, see Hyphens.

For word usage of specific terms, see The American Heritage Dictionary.

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double click, double-click double click, double-click

Use double-click as a verb to describe selecting most targets such as buttons, links, list items, and radio buttons by clicking the mouse twice in rapid succession. Don’t hyphenate as a noun.

For more information, see Click.

See also double tap, double-tap.

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double tap, double-tap double tap, double-tap

Use double-click as a verb to describe selecting most targets such as buttons, links, list items, and radio buttons by clicking the mouse twice in rapid succession. Don’t hyphenate as a noun.

For more information, see Tap.

See also double click, double-click.

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downgrade downgrade

OK to use in developer documentation and for a technical audience.

Use only in the context of downgrading versions, drivers, software, and similar subjects.

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download download

Use download to refer to user-initiated transfer of data or content to a system or device. Use install to describe adding programs, apps, other software, and hardware to a device.

Ensure that you make it clear whether you’re using download as a noun or verb.

When you use download as a verb, describe what the user is downloading and where it is being downloaded. It’s OK to use download as a noun.

See also install, load, upload.

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drag drag

Use drag, not drag and drop and click and drag.

For more information, see Move, drag.

See also move.

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drive drive

Use to refer to a data storage device such as a hard drive, optical drive, or a solid-state drive.

It’s OK to use drive after specifying the type of drive on the first mention.

Don’t use drive when you mean disk or disc.

See also disc, disk.

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In general, emphasize on the task to be accomplished, rather than how the user should interact with the UI element. Refer to a dropdown by its label. If you have to use a descriptor, use dropdown.

It’s OK to use dropdown as an adjective. Avoid using dropdown as a noun.

For more information, see Dropdown list, combo box, and spin box.

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dual- dual-

In general, hyphenate compound adjectives beginning with dual- such as dual-core, dual-link and dual-band, unless dual- is followed by a proper noun or it is absolutely necessary to avoid confusion.

For more information, see Hyphens.

For word usage of specific terms, see The American Heritage Dictionary.

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due to due to

Avoid using. Instead, use because of, caused by, or a contextually relevant alternative.

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