Re: Pointing a browser

Subject: Re: Pointing a browser
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: Joanne Meehl <Jmeehl -at- datum -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2000 08:58:19 -0500

Joanne Meehl wrote:
> Robert,
> You touched a nerve on this one!
> In my opinion, "point your browser" gets the Stupid Phrase of the Eon Award.
> It drives me up a wall. The phrase makes using the Internet sound like
> you're playing with a ouija board. I can't tell you how many users,
> especially beginners, have said to me "What is 'point'? I was actually
> looking for some sort of pointer. Jeesh, why don't they just say 'go to ___
> on the web' ?" As writing professionals, we are the "they" who can kill such
> empty and confusing collections of words. There. Now I feel better.
> I think "open the __ page" is only slightly better. While yes, we are
> actually asking the user to open a page on the web, most users would more
> readily understand "On the Web, go to ___", or if you prefer, "On the
> Internet, go to ___." Not elegant, but simple. I like Daniel's suggestion
> of "navigate", too, and it's more elegant.
> I know it's heresy to say this, but I love being a heretic: sometimes being
> literal and specific is not as helpful as being "big picture" and simple.

Are saying that the concept of clear and concise writing being superior
to elegant writing is heretical?
Quick, count me as a heretic too! :-)


Arguing with an engineer is like mud wrestling with a pig.
You soon realize they both enjoy it.

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