I seek clarification on the correct meaning of the terms "Salutation" vs "Form-of-Address".
My understanding is that salutation denotes the entry line of a letter:
Dear Mr Hercule Poirot,
and that form of address in this example is 'Mr' in front of the name.
My mother tongue is German. In German the term 'Anrede' can denote both things. When one wants to use a more precise term the former can be called 'Grußformel'.
When I would need to use the correct terms for UI interface entry forms and the corresponding data structure I would use it like so:
But I regularly see the following usage in source code:
Now all my colleagues are German as myself and I suppose this is not the correct usage of the terms and is only rampant because most German-English online dictionaries will yield 'salutation' as the first result when one searches for 'Anrede'. This is really not a big issue but I strive to find clarity over this just for my peace of mind. Maybe a native speaker can shed some light on this?
Addendum: After reading the answers I got and their linked articles I came to the conclusion that
salutationin this context is definitely incorrect
form of addressis not strictly correct as it is usually used for grander titles
personal titlecan be used as the correct terms to denote
Mr / Ms / Mrs / Mssin front of a name