RE: Displays versus Appears-Which One?

Subject: RE: Displays versus Appears-Which One?
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2000 18:10:29 -0800

Mario hit on one of my pet peeves with:

My last tech editor would ding me if I used 'appears'
instead of 'displays' when describing the action a
window or other grahical element "takes" (for lack of
a better word) when you click on it. She said to use
'displays' instead. I got into thaet habit.

On this job, the other two tech writers say they have
never heard of this, and consider 'appears' to be

Example: Select ABC. The GHI window displays, on
which you can..."

as opposed to "Select ABC. The GHI window appears, on
which you can..."

Which one?



"Displays" is a verb that needs an object. Use "is displayed".

Example: Select ABC. The GHI window is displayed, on
which you can..."

The correct computer term for "takes" as used above is "focus". When you
click on a window it is focused, as in "receives the focus of your


Old curmudgeon

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