Re: press or click.....

Subject: Re: press or click.....
From: Bill Swallow <bill_swallow -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2000 12:15:57 -0800 (PST)

Personally I prefer to use "evoke"

"To open the document, evoke the open command."

After all, we have "wizards"...

And to all of you who are poised at the Reply button
ready to pounce all over this, I'M JOKING!

Seriously, adopt a convention and stick with it. We
tend to focus on the mundane so much on this list. Who
cares if the book says "Click OK" or "Press OK"? As
long as whatever you choose to use is consistent
through your document, the user will get what you

No matter how you tell someone to do something,
someone somewhere will disagree with the way you told
them to do it. Maybe they prefer "Pop" to "Click"
because their mouse button sounds more like a pop when
pressed. Maybe they don't use a mouse at all, in which
case click doesn't work for them. Or maybe they're on
a voice recognition system, in which "click", "press",
"push", "pop", and all other tangible references don't

Just pick one and move on. Your deadline will thank you.

Bill Swallow
Technical Writer
bswallow -at- poweradz -dot- com

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