RE: Old thread, hopefully new spin on "allow" v. "enable."

Subject: RE: Old thread, hopefully new spin on "allow" v. "enable."
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2000 09:57:00 -0500

I use "let."

Sean
sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ron Rhodes [SMTP:RRhodes -at- fourthchannel -dot- com]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2000 9:43 AM
>
> Techwhirlers,
>
> I have used the word "allow" throughout my career as a tech-writers. And
> I
> really don't have a problem with it even now. But I am wondering if
> perhaps
> "enable" is better when documenting software applications.
>
> EXAMPLE:
> Not
> The Cost Wizard <ALLOWS> you to add, edit, and delete customized pricing
> structures.
>
> Instead
> The Cost Wizard <ENABLES> you to add, edit, and delete customized pricing
> structures.
>
> "Allows" just sounds too permissive, restrictive, and constraining.
> "Enables" sounds more energizing to me. But my Webster's and my Oxford
> rendered similar definitions for both words.
>
> Ron D. Rhodes
> Lead Technical Writer
> fourthchannel, inc.
> rrhodes -at- fourthchannel -dot- com




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