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#146835 - 08/24/05 07:00 AM greyed out
belligerentyouth Offline
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Registered: 12/20/00
Posts: 1055
Loc: Berlin
As in...

"Some toolbar buttons are greyed out and not clickable"

...any comments on this usage? Is it 'fine' as a verbal phrase and as the adjective 'greyed-out'? I assume it is fairly new and only used in computing circles.

And a useless bit of information on the gray/grey topic:

In HTML and CSS all grays are named somethinggray except lightgrey.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_(color)


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#146836 - 08/24/05 08:01 AM Re: greyed out
Elizabeth Creith Offline
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Registered: 03/22/05
Posts: 500
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
I think "Greyed out" is fine as a verbal phrase and adjective - analogous to "blacked out". By extension, I suppose I would then have to accept "pinked out" etc.....

I prefer the spelling "grey" over "gray" - don't know why, I just do.


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#146837 - 08/24/05 08:38 AM Re: greyed out
of troy Offline
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re: I prefer the spelling "grey" over "gray" - don't know why, I just do.

maybe for the same reason you are likely to spell color as colour?

grey is a word i must have learned very early in life, since i use the english english spelling over the american english spelling.

Yet, i don't really remember being able to read before i went to school (i knew my alphabet, and words (stop, and one way and other 'words' i commonly encountered) but i don't remember 'reading'. maybe i learned grey (where?) along with a handful of the words i learned by sight at preschool age.

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#146838 - 08/24/05 10:43 AM Re: greyed out
inselpeter Offline
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Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City
"grey" is softer than "gray," better tells the autumn's lowering skies, the rasp of coastal squall lines to the eye


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#146839 - 08/24/05 10:49 AM Re: rasp of coastal squall
Buffalo Shrdlu Offline
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I love this place.

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#146840 - 08/24/05 11:04 AM Re: greyed out - back to the topic
belMarduk Offline
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Registered: 09/28/00
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I've not heard the expression you describe belli.

I've heard of topics being a "grey subject/or grey area" when the right/wrong aspect of it is not obvious.

For example, we're always told we should not lie, but, many people will not hesitate to say "what a pretty baby" to new parents because this is considered a grey area in the rule. Do you tell the truth and hurt the parents needlessly, or do you tell a lie and break the rule.


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#146841 - 08/24/05 11:28 AM Re: greyed out - back to the topic
inselpeter Offline
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Registered: 03/14/01
Posts: 2379
Loc: New York City
>>I've not heard the expression you describe belli.<<

But you've seen the "phenomenon": it refers to buttons and fields that have, for one reason or another, been deactivated in a windows dialog box and appear grey or, sometimes, gray.

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As to babies, really, aren't even ugly babies pretty?


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#146842 - 08/25/05 01:44 AM Re: greyed out - back to the topic
consuelo Offline
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Registered: 06/11/01
Posts: 2636
Loc: Caribbean
As to babies, really, aren't even ugly babies pretty?

Yes.



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#146843 - 08/25/05 07:49 PM Re: greyed out - back to the topic
belMarduk Offline
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Registered: 09/28/00
Posts: 2888
>>>But you've seen the "phenomenon": ...

Oh. Is that what that is called?! I always referred to it as "pale" or "paled" and consequently “locked.” As in, you can’t click on the button because it is pale, so it is locked.



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#146844 - 08/25/05 08:04 PM Re: greyed out - back to the topic
Vernon Compton Offline
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Registered: 06/29/01
Posts: 273
Loc: NZ
As to babies, really, aren't even ugly babies pretty?

I once saw a photo of someone who is sort of a nephew. Before knowing who the baby was I said, he's the spitting image of Worf. And he really was.


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