RE: a word for... "access" (noun form, e.g., permission)

Subject: RE: a word for... "access" (noun form, e.g., permission)
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Monique Semp <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>, TechWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 31 May 2013 12:00:54 -0400

The security industries refer to Access Control with no worries about ambiguity.
And it's often used in proximity to "permission", so the distinction and the paring are already prevalent. No need to reinvent.

If you are really uncomfortable with it, you could try "validation", but that's got its own baggage.

-----Original Message-----
From: Monique Semp
Sent: May-29-13 5:42 PM
To: TechWR-L
Subject: a word for... "access" (noun form, e.g., permission)

Hello, WR-L-ers,

Iâm looking for a word to replace âaccessâ in the context of âaccess settingsâ.

I donât want to use âpermissionâ because thatâs a different concept I need (for granting specific users permission to change things).

Instead, Iâm talking about exposing objects, and the possible states are:

* Public â Home page and detail pages are completely viewable by anybody, and are searchable on Google.
* Private - Everyone can see the objectsâ home page, but not any of the detail pages, and the info is searchable on Google.
* Hidden â The info is not publically viewable (permission is specifically granted to certain viewers) and is not exposed to Google searches.

The link to get to the page/screen where you can set this state is currently labeled âPublic/Private Settingsâ. Obviously this was decided before there was the third state, Hidden.

So I want to suggest new link text along the lines of âaccess settingsâ. But I donât want to use âAccess Settingsâ because âaccessâ might be mis-read as a verb â letâs access those settings â instead of the intended noun treatment.


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