Re: Futur tense use in technical documentation

Subject: Re: Futur tense use in technical documentation
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Sybille Sterk <sybille -at- wowfabgroovy -dot- net>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 04:21:52 -0800 (PST)

> "When you click the X button the X dialog is
> displayed" (this is what I
> normally write)

Click the X button. The X dialog is displayed.


> "When you click the X button the X dialog will be
> displayed" (this is what
> my boss wants me to write)

To me, "When" denotes something done in the future, so
this is correct.


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