RE: Future tense use in technical documentation

Subject: RE: Future tense use in technical documentation
From: Curt Mummert <CMummert -at- pharmanet-cro -dot- com>
To: "'John Posada'" <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2000 07:47:49 -0500

"To view the X Dialog: click the X button."

I like this approach because a quick scan indicates result first.

<<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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