What do you mean is the double negative here? The text reads "Disable cookies in Mail and Newsgroups" I find it logical that when such a preference is checked, it does what it says - namely "disables cookies in Mail and Newsgroups".
reporter :- according to my understanding, you mean the label should be changed to "Enable cookies in Mail & Newsgroups" right? R.K.Aa :- > What do you mean is the double negative here? I think his/her meaning is that when the box is unchecked, when a user read the option, the user may think of "[Do not] Disable cookies ...", which the [Do not] part is from the user's interpretation of unchecked checkbox. If I am right, the reporter think it is better to change the word disable to enable, as a result, when the option is :- checked: [Do] Enable cookies ... unchecked: [Do not] Enable cookies ... and this avoids the double negative in "Do not disable cookies ...".
Yes, in effect I am requesting you to change the label to "Enable cookies for Mail and Newsgroups". To make my point clearer, consider the following scenarios for checked and unchecked options in either case: 1a [YES] Enable cookies... 1b [DO NOT] Enable cookies... v/s 2a [YES] Disable cookies... 2b [DO NOT] Disable cookies... Although both cases are perfectly valid linguistically and semantically, 2b is confusing for most users and sometimes even for unsuspecting "power users". For a better exposition on what I'm trying to get at, try searching for "user interface" and "double negatives" on Google. Ranjit.
It's a good point. Most of the other options that are checkbox items are positive ones, where checking it enables something, and unchecking disables. The suggested change here would make the Prefs UI more consistent, too.
Status: UNCONFIRMED → NEW
Ever confirmed: true
Summary: Avoid double negatives in preferences description → change "disable cookies in mail" to "enable cookies in mail"
[Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win95; en-US; rv:1.3) Gecko/20030312] Bug still there. NB: Obviously, the label should be changed, and the underlying (checkbox) preference setting code accordingly.
PS: What does the "mozilla1.1" means in Keywords ?
It's an outdated keyword formerly used for nominating a bug to be fixed for a release. Removing.
mail, not browser, so me, not ben.
Assignee: ben → sspitzer
This doesn't exist in Edit -> Preferences -> Privacy and Security -> Cookies anymore.
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 10 years ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
[Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.0; en-US; rv:1.7.13) Gecko/20060414] (release) (W2Ksp4) UI already gone in 1.7 branch: http://mxr.mozilla.org/mozilla1.7/search?string=able+cookies&case=on V.Invalid
Status: RESOLVED → VERIFIED
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