For the sake of writing clear instructions in tutorials, what are the best names to give the panels and tab regions?
For example, I frequently reference the “properties panel” as being the side panel which toggles when you hit the N-key over a main window, whereas the “properties toolshelf” is the that “properties” window type which contains the tabbed view for render, render layers, scene, object, constraints, modifiers, etc.
“Properties panel” versus “properties toolshelf” is already somewhat ambiguous, but now with Blender 2.7x we have a new set of tabs down the side of the T-key toolshelf. The trouble is, I am used to directing people with instructions like “LMB-click on the Render tab”, meaning those tabs usually along the top header of the properties toolshelf. Now with a new set of tabs, any instruction of “click the xxxx tab” is getting confusing.
Do how do we break the ambiguity when writing step by step instructions? Are there short (two word) definitions which won’t be confusing to new users? I want to be able to say “click the object tab” and have no confusion about where the user should be.