# Tech Writing - Terminology for Temporal Value

I'm documenting a screen in a web app that has a field that can store a temporal value. It can be in days, weeks, months, years depending on the setting of an adjacent drop-down menu.

e.g. (redacted):

Length of Contract:  ______   <days, weeks, months, years>

My question:

1. What would be a general term for the value placed in the blank field above. I considered Quantity and Amount, but I don't think these terms apply to temporal values.

2. And, while on the subject, how about for <days, weeks, months, years>. Maybe Time Period?

Thanks,
Steve
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DeveloperCommented:
Hi Steve,
Before I even saw your #2 my first thought was Time Period. Keep it simple — I wouldn't look for anything fancier than Time Period. Regards, Joe

Update: Oops...I didn't realize that there are two questions. But I stick with my (and your) answer. You don't need a separate name for what goes in the blank field — the name for that is Time Period. Combined with the adjacent drop-down that contains the days/weeks/months/years choice, that's the only term you need, imo.
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Technical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Hey Joe,

Guess I wasn't clear.

My original question was what to call the numeric value e.g.

10 days
3 months.

To rephrase the entire question:

Length of Contract:  ______   <days, weeks, months, years>

My question:

1. What would be a general term for the numeric value placed in the blank field above.  (e.g. 10 days, 3 weeks.)
I considered Quantity and Amount, but I don't think these terms apply to temporal values.

2. Is Time Period valid for the drop-down menu <days,weeks,months,years>

But, now I'm thinking, maybe #1 should be Time Period and #2 should be Units?

Thanks.
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DeveloperCommented:
The numeric value is Time Period. The <days,weeks,months,years> selection is Time Units (or Unit of Time or Units of Time).
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Technical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you Joe for your fresh perspective on where I s/b using Time Period. Your response, of course, was timely. :) Pun intended.

Steve
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DeveloperCommented:
hehe...good one!
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