RE: clicking

Subject: RE: clicking
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2000 11:26:16 -0500


It is my practice to write "click". That is, "click File|New" or "Click
Start" where Start is very clearly a button, or "Click M," where M is any
kind of button be it option/radio, checkbox, or other.

I don't use "click on," "click off," "click over," "click up," "click down,"
etc., because I perceive there is really only one way of clicking. And, if
your users really are not sure, define the word in a glossary and introduce
it gingerly, so as not to scare them with technology <vbg>.

At a previous job, where I was also writing for distribution in the UK, a
manager told me that "click on" was the only acceptable term . . . yeah,
right . . . but I added the word "on," anyway. No worries.

In any event, whichever you choose, just do it the same way all the time.

Best regards,

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scott Turner [SMTP:sturner -at- mail -dot- airmail -dot- net]
> >I think I've heard that when you want the reader to
> >choose a button, you use the word "click" instead of
> >"select". With this in mind, is it appropriate to say
> >"click on" or "click in"?

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